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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
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This beer is very popular! Extremely complex and strong at 7.1% ABV. This beer is well balanced between the caramel-malt driven profile and the dry, supporting hops. Look for hints of dark bread and a slight fig or raisin taste all backed by a strong resin, but not overwhelming hop presence.

Release #1,5 - 8.0% ABV
Release #2,7,10 - 7.8% ABV
Release #3 - 7.4% ABV
Release #4 - 7.1% ABV
Release #6 - 7.9% ABV
Release #8 - 8.1% ABV
Release #9,12 - 8.0% ABV
Release #11 - 7.3% ABV
Release #13 - 7.7% ABV


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle at the 5th Annual Richmond Industry Gathering on 11/28/2010. Clear red amber bod with a small white head. Big floral hop arma. Big floral hop flavor with some caramel. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1434) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2011
A-pours a slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a thick and creamy tan colored head leaving a light lacing on the glass. S-notes of caramel malts up front, a little sticky and somewhat sweet, lots of oily hops, somewhat piney resign, and a touch of grapefruit. hints of booze in the back. T-full flavored, lots of sticky sweet malts with notes of caramel and lightly toasted toffee. the hops transition pretty smoothly, resignous pine and hints of grapefruit. light herbal hop presence, faint bitterness in the finish and again a note of bourbon. M-very syrupy and soft texture, a little thin in the back with a light carbonation. D-this is a fairly strong beer with notes of booze and a nice balance of malt and hop. assertive hop presence and sweet malt backbone, pretty good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle from the brewery, release #6. Sweet, fruity aroma with plenty of hops, pine and citrus. Deep cloudy red pour with massive, sticky white head that leaves a lot of thick lacing. Flavor is caramel malts, dark fruits, pine, citrus. Thick, full bodied, plenty of carbonation. Nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Small off-white head atop cloudy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, caramel, light cherry, alcohol. Sticky medium body, some resin.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (11976) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Bomber, courtesy of Mike the Epic guy from Stilton, thank you sir! Deep purplish brown color. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Taste has a great malt backbone but nice hops as well, nicely balanced. Good one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8464) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
651mL poured at the Epic launch party at Churchkey DC. The pour is a fairly flat deep raspberry. The aroma is almost 100% fresh strawberry shortcake. Lots of 3C hops coming through that have not yet devolved into old strawberries and cheesecake. Taste is also strawberry shortcake with fresh berries, whipped cream, caramel/toffee. There is a pig resinous hop profile but this is overcome by dessert like sweetness. Pretty yummy and really could be in the DIPA category or American Strong Ale. I think 8% for an amber ale is a little out of the question.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1406) - Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Caramel malts, heavy sticky quality. Strong, strong dose of piney hops with some very bitter grapefruit. Really strong stuff. Very bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle pours deep copper with a khaki head. Aroma shows notes of fresh, juicy hops, sweet caramel, candied grapefruit,strawberry, butterscotch, and a touch of pine. Flavor shows basically the same with the caramel making it’s presence known, and fruit taking a back seat. Overall body is moderate and somewhat sticky with a moderately bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Live Rate! Bottle shared by superdave -- thanks! Pours a ruddy copper color with a fair beige head. Smells and tastes of green wood/leaves, grapefruit, hops, and malt. Bitter finish, but nice flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9127) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Amber pour, off white head. Aroma is hoppy, citrus, bready notes. Flavor is bitter and juicy hops up front, with a nice fruity backbone. Good.


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