JanosX (51) - - AUG 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy brown with little head. Aroma is fruity and flowery. Flavour is dark chocolate bitter with the sweetness of toffee and caramel and a nice balance of a fruity freshness... Cranberry maybe?!?
Tmoney99 (13239) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured dark copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy resin hop & toasted malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded.
Bulk_Carrier (3539) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - FEB 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Breeze-IN, Juneau AK.
This was poured into a tulip.
A nice looking dark red color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some clingy speckled lacing clinging around the glass in a speckled sort of way.
The smell started off with a fairly nice sweet citrus leading to combined cocoa covered pine. Light sharp sprucing so rolls about.
The taste was sweet and sharp spicy sprucy pine. The cocoa only comes in after a bit of warming. Sticky sweet citrus and slightly cocoa aftertaste which is pretty nice. Sweet dry cocoa finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the palate with a mostly sipping quality to it. It seemed appropriately carbonated for its style.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Strong Ale that I would have again.
Greasygato707 (5) - Laredo, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I have tried for many years to find this beer and buy a decent quantity of it. Any time I do, it’s usually a single 22oz.... That being said, the initial pour is a orange-like tone, nice ’n malty, but not too overbearing. Smooth medium/heavy bodied, with a nice thick feel. Definitely one of my favourite beers I have ever come across. 5/5.
nealblind (1648) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red orange pour. Aroma citrus grapefruit hops, caramel malts. Tastes strange vegetal- cactus-spruce savory. Tobacco. Clean. Drying palate with hops on finish.
AndyW68 (1420) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep reddish brown pour. Smokey malty and sweet. Both the nose and taste. Good, not great.
skmikeg (1701) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish cooper with a one finger with decent lacing. Aroma is of caramel, toffee, sweet malts, pine, floral hops, and some toasted bread. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma with the addition of some citrus and spruces notes. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi bittier, medium-long, slightly boozy finish. Overall, a pretty tasty strong ale that is defintly on the maltier side of the style’s spectrum.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap, pours hazy orange with a thin head, some lacing. nose is sweet, sugars, alcohol, some hops. Taste is sweet, bitter hops, earthy, with a slow bitter finish.
cfrancis (3055) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a reddish brown with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel and toffee with pine and floral hop notes. Taste is a warming caramel and toffee hop flavours well balanced with floral and pine hop bitterness.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Texas Liquor: Aroma was a sweet base of syrupy malts that is heavily unbalanced towards the heavy amount of hops added. Appeared as deep dark amber almost a stained mahogany color and created a minimal amount of foam on top. The flavor is a rich semi sweet taste of sugar from some off beat malts that I find to be unique since they have no evidence of caramel/toffee malts that I would have expected. However, a light use of hops comes through that give off a little bit of a black tea flavor comes through in the finish.