spence3208 (18) - Maine, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
medium gold appearance, with very little head. Nose of citrus, bourbon, with some vanilla. Taste the same with a strong bourbon linger. I would have preferred it to be a little bit more malty, to round out the bourbon. but non the less would come back to it.
Lukaduke (2185) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep golden color with a finger of tight foam. The nose is juicy tropical fruit, round vanilla, caramel malt, hubba bubba gum and a touch of boozy bourbon. The palate follows the nose with to dimension that play nicely but never integrate into the amazing beer that is there but never coming to its full potential. Still lots of things to like about this beer with a fruit forward hop profile that candies up the bourbon caramel notes with layers of coconut, mango, pineapple and a touch of sticky pine notes.
thirdeye11 (5548) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Growler) clear medium gold, few bubbles. Nose of big citrus, alcohol, bourbon, light vanilla, oak, complex. Taste of big alcohol, vanilla, citrus zest, lemon peel, smooth finish.
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1st July 2010
Hazy gold beer. Little white head. A little orange cream on the nose. Softish palate, a little syrupy and dry. Wonderful hops - orange, pineapple and pine which are all wrapped in a honey sweetness. Finishes soft and dry with bitter marmalade flavours and a pinch of black pepper. A marvellous sweet bitter fruity DIPA. Top drawer!
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed back in 2010 from a unlabeled brown bottle from a trade - Hand of Doom (isnít that the coolest name ever?) poured a hazy deep orange color. No head is poured at all. I was a little worried this brew wouldnít be carbonated but the cap come off with a nice pffft! Itís alive! Nice carbonation.
In some of the reviews I read, some people mentioned the smell and taste of Maple. Like they use on their CBS. But I didnít get that at all. Maybe they got to try a special version? The smell I did get though was fantastic. First youíll notice just how boozy this sucker is. Up front is the smell of alcohol and straight up bourbon. It stings the nose and takes you by surprise. As the beer warms though everything comes together. Thereís a beautiful aroma of fruit. Citrus and tropical fruits. Then I picked up some pine and a wonderful aroma of vanilla. So much going on. Big and potent.
At first sip I couldnít get into this brew. A lot of alcohol and not much more. My mouth and throat burned. But as the beer warmed up, just like the aroma, the beer came alive. The fruitiness started to take charge. Huge citrus and tropical fruits. Mixed with the bourbon, vanilla, and oak it just added up to an out of this world taste. Big hop character. A while back I mentioned that when I have Pliny the Younger I feel like the enamel of my teeth is going to come off. I kinda felt the same way here. Huge.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, and oily. Canít forget the alcohol burn. Itís there from start to finish. Perfect beer for a cold night.
callmemickey (2779) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Dark, hazy amber body. Good head height and good retention. Nice lacing.
S: Boozy, heavy malt presence. Mostly caramel. Some citrus hops shine through the booze and malt.
T: Tastes like a smooth, woody pot still Irish whiskey. Reminiscent of Redbreast 12 actually. Interesting since I really didnít get any bourbon notes. Light citrus hop bitterness. While I like my Irish Whiskey... it didnít quite work here.
M: I like my beer to feel like beer. Hand of Doom didnít quite have a burn to it, but rather was a thick, slick, oily, greasy like feel to it.
O: All in all, it was an interesting attempt. Personally, I think it failed to really hit the mark.
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on tap. Pours golden color with thin off-white head. The aroma is citrus hops but muted by a slight bourbon presence and some sweet malts. The taste is fairly average. The bourbon doesnít really add anything amazing to the beer and it kind of muddies the brightness of the citrus,malt, and hop flavor in all honesty.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer is light gold with a hint of orange. Not much carbonation here at all, looks thick.
The aroma is super strong and dominated by hops. Its the strong grain alcohol hops of an imperial that is either great or too strong like in this beer. There is the slightest citrus note at the end.
Like the aroma the taste is way too grain alcohol hoppy sucking on a pine needle pine cone bitter. Some people love this, but for the all around beer drinker its not a pleaseant taste, feeling or experience. Its not at all balanced which if only it was might make this beer drinkable.
The feel is actually pretty nice.
Overall, another too hopped up imperial that is going for all ibuís and nothign else.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by BOLTZ. Gold color pour with a small foamy head. Aroma of pine, citrus, caramel and light fruit. Sweet malt and lots of hop bitterness in the flavor. Great brew!
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
slight orangish/golden amber color, aroma of sweet caramel malt, citrus, honey, and cotton candy. hoppy and bitter, but the bitterness is well balance and not overpowering, similar to Bellís Hopslam