StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly translucent bronze in color with a creamy, off-white head. By mere appearance, this looks very flavorful. Aroma reveals a lemon citrus burst with a honeysuckle rose hop bouquet. Hits the mouth with a heavy frontal hops assault. Highly grassy flavor. Bitter-sweet. Damn this is good. Some prominent rye accents with a smoothing, nutty caramel visage to sweeten the deal. Surprisingly smooth and creamy palate feel. Very well done.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2007 Growler from brewpup. Pours a deep clear brown/red with a nice sized tan head with good lacing. Aromas of pine, outdoors, hops and sweet fruit. Undertones of caramel. Excellent hoppy, piney, bitter, citrus flavor. Very subdued notes of caramel and nuts. Nice medium body with creamy mouthfeel. Good quick bitter finish. Excellent beer.
jaymobrown (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the brewpub. Tarnished copper in color. Not much of a head when poured. Really strong citrus, pine, outdoor, resin, and hop nose. Dominated by bitterness all the way through. Very long finish. First sip introduces with a syrupy sweetness. From there it explodes with a full hop presence, which does not diminish. Unfortunately, the bitterness is all that really comes through in the taste. If you want something with lots of hops get this. Texture and subtlety not found here.
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pre DL Release, Growler: Ruby hue with a lasting head. The aroma hasnotes of citric hops, caramel, and strawberry. The taste has a nice piney bite with good malt balance. The feel was lively, metallic and a bit sticky. A very good beer and enjoyable.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Source: Tasting, Dark Lord Day, 2005
red, thin tan head, big sweet hop aroma, big bitter hop flavor, malt kicks in halfway through, hops come back at the end for a big bitter finish that lasts forever
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 13/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. At the brewpub. Slightly hazy deepish amber with a good-sized lasting off-white head. Toasted cereal malt aroma, plenty of funky/resiny hops, noticeable acidity. The taste delivered on the promise of that aroma - solid pungent resiny hops, carbonized cereal malt, lots of it, making for a lasting thick almost burnt malty finish. Thickish body, very astringent, moderate acidity and not much carbonation - and a very long, bitter/burnt finish. I really liked this one, this and the Panama Red are the ones I’d probably want to have again the most.
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
New-copper-penny color served with a head that was simply a ring. Heavy citrus hop and pine aroma with a woodiness about it. Moderate bitterness in the flavor with orange and a looooong finish with an alcohol bite. Latent honey sweetness afterwards that mellowed things out nicely. Great hops, but seemed a little heavy on the alcohol. After the Pullman Nut Brown, this was my next favorite of the evening.
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htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong ale..nah Double IPA. Whatever it is, Hop Smack is a very appropriate name. Hops smack you in the face on the first sniff. Pine and citrus tingle the nose. Hops tantalize the tongue as well. Bitter, sharp. Solid maltiness to this as well. Only fault would be the sticky, oddly thick mouthfeel that I get from all Flossmoor beers.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chicago trip. Saturday 12:43. Sample tray. A point for the name. Dark orange-amber. Strong citrus nose. Huge hop flavour. Strong malt backing. Raises goose bumps with each sip. Rough aggressive hop flavour.
Frank (3343) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber orange bronze with a creamy head of large and small bubbles. Pine and citrus in the nose with a twinge of caramel malt sweetness. H ard hop bitterness in the finish, tastes like the water is on the hard side (Burtonized?) with a bit of mineral character. Smotth carbonation with a fizzy mouthfeel. Definitely hop centric but not without a bit of malty balance.