queenholly (2407) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ FFFs. Grainy malt and vanilla aroma. Hazy amber with a moderate off-white head, nice lacing. Sweet boozy caramel malt flavor. Body on the lighter side of full, soft carbonation.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big hops, big malt sweetness which is really consistent with the style. Decent beer.
jmikolich (1292) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at FH, Huge hop nose, makes this smell IPA-alicious. but the malty backbone is strong and holds up well, not quite balanced but not at a 3 Floyds level of hopping, 11% shows up too, just a really big beer.
thome50 (749) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - JUN 2, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle via a trade in early 2011 by one of the brew staff. Not sure if this was just a hand bottle then but it had a printed label though didnít look like it was totally approved. Pours a deep hazy orange with no head at all. Aroma is paper if anything but really nothing coming through here. Taste is sweet with no carbonation, oxidized and retaining only a slight hop note if you really get into this. Overall, not so much disappointing as I didnít have high hopes for this but it was just not good at this point.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010. Hazy dark amber color/ off white head. Nice fresh pine, floral, tea leaf hop aromas. medium bodied. Big tea leaf, pine sap hoppy flavors with a spicy toasted caramel sweet base, big bitter finish.
JohnnyJ (3886) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the San Diego Strong Ale Fest 2010. Reddish amber pour, off-white head. Caramel malt, citrus, bitter hops, toffee, and bread. Ok
pantanap (3323) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler shared by the c-bus crew at dlday 2010... pours a hazy copper brown pour with a thin off-white head... aroma had a bit of citrus as well as some caramel/toffee maltiness.... flavors were mostly sweet, even a little bitter, alongside some butter notes. smooth bodied and a little boozy.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of miketd. Pours a hazy copper with a lasting, rocky white head. Smells of citrus, spice, caramel, resiny, breaddy. Tastes of caramel, resiny, some molasses, some bitterness on the finish. Decent.
juiceisloose (1050) - Windermere, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler, courtesy Cheeseman. This pours a deep reddish orange color topped by a small head of tan colored foam. The head leaves some skinny lines of lace around the glass. The aroma is very hoppy showing notes of pine resin, grass, and bitter grapefruit. Orange peel and peppery spices lend further depth. Toffee and toasted caramel malt lend the base, but canít hold up to all the hops. The flavor follows suit and is extremely hoppy and bitter from the pine resin, grapefruit, citrus, and peppery hops. The toffee malt adds a touch of sweetness, but canít balance out all the hops. Medium to full bodied and sticky on the palate that finishes with some lingering bitterness and alcohol heat. This is a nice hopped up barley wine. If you are a hop head this is for you.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler shared at DLD by sliffy, I think. Pours a copper hue, reddish fiery edges make way for a decent haze, a small offwhite head that laces pretty well considering. Aromas are caramel and toffee malts, grassy earthy hops moving into more citrusy lemon and grapefruit, some sweeter fruits, pine. Initial is similar, pretty heavy bodied with thicker caramel and toffee, earthy and citrus hops with flashes of pine coming in strong as well. Pretty good, a little heavy for me but the hops are very nice.