BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark orange color with a light head. Gives off a wonderful aroma. Must have a fresh bottle. Has a very plesant flavor at the first and then it grabs you. Very sweet malty flavor with a great finish this is a sipping beer. This will grab you if you are not careful you do not taste it at first.
beastiefan2k (3492) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Using notes from last night, split this with Dinkinsonbeer and JoeMcPhee and Spuyten Duyvil. Pours a clear copper, can see through the beer. Aroma is very present but not strong like one would expect from a strong beer like this. I was dissappointed by the flavor (as opposd to my fellow ratebeerians who enjoyed it). Thin body for me, not enough flavor, too subdued. Finishes smooth though with no bitterness. If you want high alcohol but light body this may be a good one for you.
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange amber ale with a thin off white head. Bizarre, I couldnít discern any hops on this one, although you could make out some orange citrus notes over the rather sweetish malt. In mouth, big deception, with a cloying sweet malt with strong phenolic opvertones, and boiled corn. Medium bodied. Sad. At EBF 2006.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and medium amber with nice froth and lace. Mouthfeel seems light at times, but it foams up well, and it seems to thicken into a divine creaminess as it warms. Malts had a nice and aromatic sweetness reminiscent of Belgian candi sugar. Lesser notes of toffee and sugared toast. Hops were zingy and fitting. Alcohol was warming and comfortably positioned in the back of the throat. Cakey oak aromas, with hints of vanilla, surface in the aftertaste. Pinch of white wine, even. Very pleasant; not over-the-top by any means. Tasty stuff.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a beige head. Aroma of citrus hops with some malt and wood notes. Flavor of citrus hops, tangy fruit and pepper.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bloody red/amber color, thin white head. Great hoppy barley wine aroma for some reason it just smells good to me. First sip this is a great hop tasting beer, and Iím not a hop fan, then throughout it tasted just like a barley wine fruity and sweet, citrus hops, caramel and chocolate malts, it starts like a barley wine and finishes like a stout. Very fruity and with the alcohol kick but it leaves a sweet caramel and slight chocolate taste, I would call this a barley wine, and probably the best tasting barley wine Iíve had, a lot like what was voted the #1 best beer in Florida for 2006 that I had a week ago. Itís very smooth and creamy and way too easy to drink, this is a damn good beer, I canít believe how much I like this beer for not being my style but it was also my first beer of the night and those usually taste a lot better.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color. Tastes of citrus and oak with an initial caramel taste and ends in a more bitter ipa-esque flavor. This brew is somewhat sweet but very tastey. Not really that much of a hint of alcohol, i do think this is a good beer.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting.... Clear deep amber pour with nice white head. Didnít get much hops: more malt, especially the pilsner malt; with my eyes closed, I could almost imagine sitting in a beer hall in Munich with a liter of lager. Also picked up hints of the oak. The flavor is an extension of the aroma: not much hops, lots of malt, no bitterness. Oak, sweetness, alcohol. Interesting and not horrible, but Iíd rather just have the 90 minute.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a brownish copper,little filmy head Aroma was rich with Citrus and hop. Somewhat floral hop aroma as well. Flavor starts somewhat sweet with carmel malt and citrus up front notes of wood follows ten a fruity sweet finish
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful mohagony/amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of floral hops. Flavor is surprisingly sweet, with fruity overtones and a bitter hop backbone. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Overall very well balanced and delicious. I usually donít enjoy IPAís, but this one has made me re-think what an IPA can be.