VertBaconStrips (2063) - 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. It’s late and I’m 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, I’m tired. Mild carbonation and hard bitterness. I really like this. Just so tired.
michaelinwa (583) - 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 (6784) - 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 (6035) - 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 (1236) - 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 IBU’s. 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. It’s a very good ASA but not the best I’ve had.
JoeTheYounger (1142) - Lake Arrowhead, 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 (2315) - 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 isn’t bad but nothing really stands out to me. It’s big but doesn’t burn but no flavors really jump out.
Cirrhosis (1196) - 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 I’m 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, earth……………………Something 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 isn’t very special and it’s 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 doesn’t make a beer stand out any more. This beer wasn’t even that pricy but I’ll 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.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red brown pour, short white head. Brown sugar and toast densely malty nose, very sweet with some hops peeking through. Sweet malty body, lots of caramelized sugar flavors and toasty malt, floral hop and pine finish. A nice robust red. While sweet, it packs a bitter enough bite to be enjoyable.
DuffMan (6554) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Rich dark copper amber, thick creamy head. Sweet fruity toffee aroma. Heavy malt platform, quite sweet, emphasis on toffee with lingering stonefruit aromatics. Less bitterness than I expected given the listed IBUs, but maybe its because I had a couple of hop bombs beforehand. Nice.