BeerBellyOSU (47) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy reddish color, full head. Smells really nice, a blend of hops and a dash of carmel to my nose. Heavy winey taste, not as bitter as I would have expected.
riversideAK (6040) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2007 This beer had an aroma of some sweet malt and some piney citrus hops. Poured a brownish amber color. Flavor was mostly hoppy bitterness, balanced slightly by sweet caramel malt. This was more like a DIPA really. As it warmed it got a little more malty, but was still drinkable and pleasant for being so strong in alcohol. I liked this one.
I had this later on out of a bottle. I was less impressed as it was dominated by sweet malt. A little piney hops peaked through, but not as much as I had the draft rated. A lot of alcohol peaks through out of the bottle too. I did not like this as much the second time around.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel colored with a scant off-white colored head. Nice balanced nose - malty sweetness and punchy, citrusy hops. Medium-bodied with active carbonation. Balanced maly sweetness and hop bitterness in the flavor.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 This beer is just about perfect in my book. Simply by smelling it you can tell it has some balls (no pun intended [not dog balls]). The smell is complex, the taste is complexerer, and the more you hold this beer in your hand and let it warm up, the more the beer grows. A bit of a barleywine hint to it, a very sweet, alcohol prevalent ale. Absolutely fabulous. I recommend putting it in your freezer (it won’t freeze [it’
s 10.5%]) and sipping it slowly until it hits 60F for the last sip, because the beer will taste like a completely different beer with each warming sip.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orangish bronze with a fully receding off-white head. Aroma of mango and pine resin. Taste is resinous, plenty of fruity hops, notes of grapefruit and mango. Mouthfeel is full bodied, resinous with full carbonation.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow. smells of hop explosion upon opening the bottle. flavor does not disappoint, its full of tasty hops and enough abv to get you warm and fuzzy after a couple. well done.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Beer is lightly hazy, medium amber with an average-sized, light brown, frothy, diminishing, but mostly lasting head. Clingy, lasting, creamy cuff of lace on the snifter.<P>
First impression on the nose is like breaking up a hop party. The aroma is malty with a light note of toasted grain, moderate note of biscuity caramel; Hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine, cologne-like herbal, moderate grapefruit oil, lighter notes of dried apricot and green grass; Yeasty with a light of dough; Moderate notes of alcohol.<P>
The flavor is is heavily bitter, heavily sweet, light-to-moderately acidic and boozy warm with a long, lightly sweet, moderately bitter finish. Light astringency on gums.<P>
The beer is full, the texture is syrupy and the carbonation is lively.<P>
A hot hop wall without a lot of complexity. Not bad, but not liver-worthy.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
120z Double Dog - Vintage 07c - Aroma of chewy earthy hops, caramel and pine. Pours transparent copper with a small head adn decent lacing. Flavor matches aroma with a ton of pine and alcohol. Palate is tart and crisp. Tasty and eye-popping.
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Small, off-white head (completely dissapated). Cloudy dark orange body. Good lacing. Strong citrus, some grass, and light caramel were all noticed-maybe a bit too much hops and not enough malts. Good carbonation. Medium bodied. Dry textured. Light alcohol present. This is a good american strong.
Derrick17 (10) - Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2007
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Great beer if you want to feel like you just had a mouthfull of hops for the next hour. I bought a 4 pack and had to give the other three away. I liked the first few sips, but after that I only tasted the IBU’s. Dont get me wrong I like the hoppier beers, but I also enjoy balance, and this one is off to one side.