Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber/red, small beige head.Nose of brown sugar & piney hops.Mellow malt start,blended mid,medium hop bitterness in finish
patricks110 (1486) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a ruby red highlighted brown with a thin beige head. tons of thick creamy lacing. Sweet caramel, nuts, toffee, and a moderate NW hop. A mild note of alcohol us also present. the taste is quite mild despite the hops. The malts are somewhat sweet with tons of nuts and toffee. somewhat disappointing for an "imperial" beer. the Taste is smooth and light tasting with some creaminess and minimal
alcohol. Overall, disappointing but interesting.
VertBaconStrips (1951) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured out a deep reddish amber brew with a non existing cap. Strong aroma of caramel, peaches, floral notes, light spice, maybe anise, orange, nice but nothing new. Itís late and Iím very tired. Excellent taste - just what I wanted - fresh, fruity and bitter. Peaches, pine and really freaking tasty. Caramel is solid, an excess of bitterness. Man, Iím tired. Mild carbonation and hard bitterness. I really like this. Just so tired.
michaelinwa (534) - Bothell, Washington, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2013 Pours dark reddish brown, average head, and a moderate hop aroma with some sweet malt in the background. Flavor is a balance of malt with some complexity, and decent amount of hop bitterness, with the hops somewhat more forward than the malt. A solid brew, but maybe a little too uninspiring to turn into a regular.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Bronze beer with a cream colored head. Grapefruit and light earth aroma with malt. Malt and caramel flavor with light grapefruit and light pine. Medium bodied. Malt and light grapefruit lingers with light pine and light caramel.
mcberko (4810) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, pours dark red with a small beige head. Aroma of caramel malts, maple syrup and considerable hop presence. Flavour is essentially the same with all the qualities well balanced. Medium-bodied, with a slightly sweet and slightly hoppy finish. Solid, though nothing spectacular.
manuchampions (1219) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle from 16th St.Liquor in West Vancouver. Label says 7.5% and 63 IBUís. Pours a hazy dark amber with thin cream head that vanishes to a ring. Aroma is taffy caramel sweet with faint hops. Taste is bigger with sweet malt countered by a decent pine hop bite. Alcohol is evident but not too hot. Finish is both sweet and hoppy. Itís a very good ASA but not the best Iíve had.
JoeTheYounger (1113) - Claremont, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at stone. As previous rater stated, not much going on. Pretty decent for the style.
beersearcher (2165) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
One of those strong ales that isnít bad but nothing really stands out to me. Itís big but doesnít burn but no flavors really jump out.
Cirrhosis (1143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yum, yum, yum, with some added yum. Ruby red body with a thick looking crown this is a dam fine looking beer! OH gawd after first deep inhale Iím starting to drool uncontrollably. So very hoppy, massive malt, pine, leather yum! Can you smell the awesome? I can! Flavour is so thick with its malty sweet caramel goodness. Leather, pine, sweet peachy hops, earthÖÖÖÖÖÖÖÖSomething strange is starting to happen with this brew the more I drink the less excited I am. It all of a sudden hit me this beer isnít very special and itís just your typical west coast IIPA/American strong ale/ American B-wine. Beer is still excellent and of the high quality but really that just doesnít make a beer stand out any more. This beer wasnít even that pricy but Iíll still probably never buy it again. Great beer but it gets lost in the white noise of countless other big west coast beers exactly like it. So um ya take that.