rejtable (2258) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty solid. Bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours dark orange with lots of foamy head and tons of lacing. Nose is sweet and juicy. Flavours of peach, earthy bitterness, syrup. Taste big bitter medium sweet. Full body, agressively bitter and a big alcohol burn to the finish. This is an agressive beer for sure.
arkurzynski (2185) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper pour. Nose of orange, grapefruit, sticky malt and light booze. Flavor is citrus bitterness, more orange and grapefruit, with light booze and toasted malt. Thick. Really nice double IPA from a solid brewery.
nj_BierMaven (121) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours amber into the tulip glass, quite clear. Half inch head after an aggressive pour rapidly dissipated with almost no residual lace on the glass. Slight hop aroma, quite bitter with no alcohol afterbite, but still too cold. Waiting for it to warm up so malts can emerge. Orangey citrus emerges as it warms, still very bitter, yet again no alcohol burn. More aromas, malty scents emerging as it warms, pervasive bitter flavor. Bitterness slightly less overpowering as it warms yet further. Impressive balance for a beer this strong. Overall harmony, proceed responsibly, a dangerous brew!
BeerInHeaven (362) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours clear copper with a thick beige head. aroma is floral and pine. Resinous mouth feel. bitter throughout, doesn’t really have that initial brightness I like. no real citrus, more nondeScript fruit. Long bitter finish. A little boozy, but good.
drjoeng (738) - SINGAPORE - NOV 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.5%ABV. Double IPA.
Poured out of the bottle a cloudy deep amber. 18ºSRM.
Nose is alcholic. There are prominent roasted sweet malt aromas. There is a vestigial citrusy aroma to the nose. Not enough so you’d notice poured out of the bottle. All I’m really getting out of the bottle, the cap and the cup is a straight note sweetness, like fresh boiled barley (local version) or cotton candy. You get some more orange peel when you let it breathe a little more...I dunno.... Wierdly, I’m also getting some wok-fried flat rice noodle like a pad see ewe or the local char kway teow.
Mouthfeel is heavy, thickly soapy and almost syrupy. Definitely alcoholic. Nice deeply roasted flavors that have toffee, some caramel, graham cracker and deeply browned multigrain toast. There is an almost pronounced flavor of deeply-browned rye toast.
The finish is alcoholic, bitter and medium-long with a medium hyssop palate.
The flavor profile is a little rough, and reminds me of another double IPA, a Norwegian, Nøgne, the Two Captains. Almost identical color, flavor profile and taste curve. A little ragged, but you know it is a well-resourced ale, meaning the brewers poured malt and hops into this baby and damned the accountants.
I want to put this on the list so bad, but I have to be fair to everybody else on that list. It’s a very well brewed, nicely resourced brew, but in the end falls short a little in terms of the balance and how the flavor experience unfolded for me. Sorry, Flying Dog, I love you, but you won’t be going on the list yet
MetalNHopHead (1299) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Double Dog certainly speaks to the East Coast Imperial IPA style. Or is it American Strong Ale? Double Pale Ale? Ah, whatever. East Coast style hoppy ale. The pour is orange-red with off-white foam. Double Dog smells dank and imposingly herbaceous, yet the flavor reveals caramel, dark fruit, and berry along with the usual suspects of citrus n’ pine. As always with Flying Dog, the Gonzo artwork is just as cool as the beer inside. And who would guess this beer contains 11.5% ABV? I wouldn’t.
HuskerTan (1564) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Thanks, Gene! "Travlr")
A- Caramel, biscuits, slightly sweet.
A- Copper color, clear liquid, beige head.
T- Caramel, bready, bitter.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, slightly sweet finish.
O- Lots of caramel and sweet bread here. Not as bitter as you envision it to be. The raisin addition while subtle is nice.
GuideDogSaint (1138) - Xiamen, CHINA - SEP 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen on 8 September. Pours a hazy deep amber with an off white head. Aroma of pine and marmalade. Finish of malty sweetness.
Achel (349) - Ioannina, GREECE - SEP 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hazy amber beer with a light brown head. The aroma is sweet hoppy - like sticking your head into a hop plant. The flavor is sweet hoppy with notes of hop acids, caramel, leading to a powerful, sweet sticky and slightly dry end.
weordie (753) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper with a lovely fluffy head. Aroma has a huge malt backbone with a hint of rubbing alcohol and tiny citrus. A nice malty flavour with a bitter finish. Lovely.