Darkmagus82 (2004) - - SEP 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-17-13-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a lightly hazed golden-orange colored brew with a one finger white head. The head persists fairly well fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is very citrusy with lots of grapefruit and orange peel. Along with these more bitter citrus smells are notes of some light caramel sweetness as well as hints of bready malts, some candied like sugar aromas, as well as a little bit of an herbal hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins slightly sweeter with caramel and a sugared orange peel taste. While it starts sweeter there is certainly a presence of some nice grapefruit and herbal hop flavors upfront. As the taste advances the sugar dries some while some malt flavors of biscuit and a bit of a bready taste come to the tongue. All the while the bitter hoppiness of the brew gets stronger with an alcohol taste working its way onto the tongue. More grapefruit and lemon hop with a nice dose of an herbal hop taste mix with the malt and caramel to in the end leave a moderately citrus, bitter, but somewhat smoother taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was on the medium to slightly lower side in terms of thickness for a brew of 10 % abv with a carbonation level that was just above normal. The two characteristics of the brew gave it a more crisp feel and helped make very drinkable.
Overall – A smoother and rather easy drinking hopped brew with nice transitions between a sweetness upfront to a nice citrus hop base mixed with a little bit of boozy flavors and a decent malt backbone in the end. Quite tasty and rather easy drinking even at 10 % abv.
Jayb0 (1088) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really good, nice in the glass, aromas of orange and spice, some cinnamon-spiciness up front, followed by citrus and lots of well-balanced hopping. Big and complex.
scoth (607) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear brown-amber with a medium beige head, good retention, very fine lacing. Honey, lemon, tart cherry, and dark fruity aromas with toast, and some light floral notes. Medium body, medium carbonation, a bit alcohol hotness. Medium sweet, a little citrus tartness, lingering medium bitter finish. Complex, big beer.
LearninBeer (421) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is hops, citrus a little spruce and some maltiness in the background. Pours a clear copper/orange/brown, with off white head, mostly diminishing, good lacing. The taste is a medium bitter. The body is light to medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. Very good.
JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Cinnabar red-orange with a large, frothy white head. Big orange juice aroma - predominantly fruity with a definite bitter citric & pine undertone - with some spice (akin to a mix of black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon), rounded out with a bit of alcohol. Big bitterness - a mix of grapefruit and leather catcher’s mitt - with dried hibiscus flowers, light honey, vanilla malts. Sticky mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Alcohol and spice seem to increase in pungency as it warms. Interesting and loud.
Tonkun (1161) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow orange pour with a big white head. Lemon cake, biscuit, pound cake, candy, citrus. Big sweet body with citrus tangy feel and good carbonation. A bit sweet, oily and chewy for me but well balanced. Nice
jsnicholas (375) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22oz): Very hazy amber color. Solid head that sticks around. Not light, but not heavy either. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice, but not my favorite DFH. Bottle dated 9/30/13, dring 6/27/14.
Oakes (13537) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy pale tan, light bubbly head. Aroma, touch of lemon and slightly gluey pale malts, hint of biscuits. Fairly thick and chewy, touch of peach and lemon. Clunky but sweet.
essjay (18) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Chilled bottle. Pours amber, low carbonation. Taste is mahogany and cognac. Lemon is very late; this tastes almost English barley wine. Thoroughly enjoyed and wish I could have dragged out for hours.
fiulijn (16427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Jamestown S’Klallam Longhouse Market & Deli, Sequim
Hazy copper color with small head. Very nice aroma, peppery and lemony, and nice grainy malts; very light vanilla. Lean mouthfeel, soft, with some alcohol perceived immediately; grainy malt flavor, light colored caramel and hints of toffee; quite strong bitterness, soft hop resins, a light fruity touch from the hops and some citrus fruit peel. Balanced and powerful, not too heavy to drink.
Very nice beer.