ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Reviewed 3/8/13. 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade. Retention is pretty good given its alcohol content, and the lacing left behind is nice looking as well.
S: Malty. Thereís a lot of caramel, biscuit, and brown sugar in the malt backbone, weakly supported by some faint piny hops. Maybe thereís a touch of weed here as well. DuClawís typical yeast profile comes across less peppery and more...dare I say cardboard-like? Not sure about the age of this one, but Iím not impressed regardless.
T: Hops are very faint here, except perhaps a faint bitter bite on the finish. This one is very much a malty DIPA, and a sweet one as well. At first, there are a surprising amount of plum-like qualities, which will eventually give way to a sweet caramel midtaste. It finishes with only faint piny hops, a sensation badly overpowered by heavy-handed brown sugar and orange sweetness. Good gawd, this is sweet, even cloying; and it can NOT get away with it the way Misery did.
M: The body is really creamy, thick, and syrupy. As a barleywine, the texture works well - but this is a DIPA, so itís just overbearingly difficult to sip (for the record, I donít like most malty DIPAs). The hops cleanse the palate only enough to expose some boozy qualities, without really hiding much of the sweetness or giving the body extra drinkability.
O: A poor DIPA; a passable barleywine/strong ale. Iíll be fair to it - the flavor profile screams "badly aged DIPA" to me. Itís not drainpour bad, but itís going to take a long time to put this one down. Itís just WAY too sweet for my tastes.
zoucrew102 (1088) - - JAN 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Caramel and bready malt aroma with light notes of floral and citrus hops. Pours cloudy copper colored with a thick tan head with excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with sweet caramel and bready malt flavors. Finishes smooth with light floral hop bitterness and some citrus hop. Good, but not a lot of hop flavor to truly call it an IPA.
beerme31 (596) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy dark golden full off white head. Aroma of citrus and floral. Medium-high sweet taste. Finishes with just a light hop bitterness and feels refreshing. Decent double ipa overall.
Art (2703) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2015 Bottle from exchange. Pours a clear orange with a white head. Aromas of candied orange peel, caramel, some pine. Taste is more bitterness than I like but not as over the top as I thought. Slightly melony. Medium body.
D91ICE (15) - Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drink this beer with a fork. Nice thick brew. Enjoyed from glass bottle while hanging Christmas lights. After a few, be careful on the ladder.
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bytemesis (5570) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 14, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Pours clear orange, minimal head or lacing. Aroma is perfume, a bit medicinal, candy? Odd. Flavor is really sweet, tangerine perhaps, lots of backing perfume, medium bitter. Medium body, flat as a board. Sticky sweet. Ewww.
b33r (794) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper color with small off-white head and a little messy lacing. Aroma and flavor have strong bitter piney hops mixed with amber malts. A little boozy and chemical like. Okay
hman43 (799) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It pours a clear, golden color. It has aromas of floral, pine, citrus, and hints of malt. It is very hoppy with high citrus and floral flavoring. It is moderately bitter on the way down.
BeerdedDave (1071) - - SEP 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber color; fruity, piney hop aroma; hoppy with fruity, piney notes and herbal notes; bready malt base; dry, bitter finis
Nephilium (1594) - Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel aroma, with pine and earthy notes. Pours a clear amber with a full white head. Caramel beginning, moves onto pine and earthy notes which fade into a lingering bitter finish. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a full body. A very good IIPA, especially at the price.
jflopsu (919) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear rust orange. A sweet grapefruit and pine aroma. A fruity malt, citrus hops, and caramel taste. A sweet taste with little bitter hops.