Tmoney99 (9601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark hazy amber hue with medium frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Medium to heavy aroma of earthy hops and malt. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Well balanced flavor of malt and earthy hops with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.
ReggieDunlap (2777) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber/chestnut with a medium tan head. Aroma caramel and fruit with some orange and tea notes. Flavor is very earthy and bitter...mild coffee, tea, grapefruit, and pine...very earthy. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a very earthy, bitter finish...lt coffee and dry.
b3shine (3513) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle to snifter (thanks tmoney99). Looks solid; a cloudy amber with thin beige lacing. Smells and tastes well-sweet and a little golly. Good, but I’d like to see a little more hops, given it’s name.
mcberko (4809) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a dark amber with a medium beige head. Aroma is a mix of both potent caramel malts and a resinous hop blast, with some notes of dark fruit and brown sugar as well – very inviting nose. Flavour is very deep and robust, with loads of dry caramel malts, lots of resinous hops, some dark fruits and some earthy notes – finishes very dry and fairly hoppy. Full-bodied and highly flavourful for the style – certainly one of the best amber ales out there.
TheRealMGD (548) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 99. Cloudy brown pour with a short, brief beige head leaving moderate lace. Nose is mostly medium-roast malt, dark fruit and pine hops – like a hoppy barleywine. Medium-heavy body with light, fine carbonation. Mouth feel is smooth and somewhat heavy for an amber. Dark fruit, pine, chocolate, grapefruit, walnuts, dates and toffee. Finish is medium, mostly sweet but with some grapefruit. Quite good, with a great malt profile, but a bit on the dark/heavy side in aromas and the hops are too attenuated after the journey.
luttonm (1755) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Pine Box, Seattle. Deep rose amber, tan foamy head. Big worty, boil of hops and oil. Roasty malt. Big sweet pine hops on first sip. Warming malts. Quite tasty, nice bright beer.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Toffee and nut aromas. Nutty malty flavors. Not much in the way hops. Overall not bad but also not very hoppy.
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This should be called malt flood. Mahogany body with a thin, off white head. Cola like aromatics and the palate shows both nutty, brown and caramel amber characteristics. A bit of hops on the finish. Extremely high carbonation.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 08/30/2012. The beer pours a dark amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of hops, citrus and sweet malt. Medium body with flavors of herbal hops, caramel malt and fruit. The finish is hoppy with some resin and malt in the aftertaste. Above average overall.
Braudog (5357) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Big muddy pour ... deep, dark and woody. The aroma carries a bit of varnish. This drinks with a gigantic character ... thick, chewy even. The woodsy bitterness is the predominate aspect of this brew ... with a thick-as-stone malt backdrop. Good stuff, worthy. (#4754, 8/30/2012)