Funknmilla (734) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle..very slightly cloudy red-tinged deep amber...smattering off beige head....orgasmic scents consisting of sweet aromatic malts....deep malt infused citrus....and a bready smell towards the end of this perfect inhale--its hard to get away from this aroma to taste, but here I go.....Quite viscous...sweet with citrus that is malt drenched....I get a little saltiness from the alcohol...I must say this beer is near perfection for me....positively ridiculously easy to drink for the % that it is...sticky on the lips, and the lacing that has decided to stick on the glass, has stuck
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sorry for the French, but HOLY SHIT! This stuff is INCREDIBLE. you need a chisel to get it out of the bottle, and once you taste it, you might have to put your glass down and take a breath. The aroma is just all hops, and the flavor follows suit, but with subtle piney notes. One of the best Imperial’s I’ve had to date.
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy fantomas23. Pours a dark marron color with a small off white head that settles to a thin film. The aroma is of piney and citrus hops, the sweet caramel malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol. The flavor was a little hoppy up front with the citrus and piney hops, but they become overwhelmed by the sweet caramel malt and alcohol. Has a really nice sweet flavor in this one with some alcohol warmth. Medium bodied and very smooth and easy to drink. The hops show up again on the backend for a bitter finish. This wasn’t as hoppy as I was hoping for as the malts and alcohol seemed to take over everything. Pretty good, and certainly a nice one to try.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a murky, leathery color. Thin head with a good amount of lacing. Aroma is a hop expolsion. Citrus, piney, earthy, they are all there. Thin mouthfeel, but the flavor is the king. Sweet at the beginning, this beer gives way to a bitter, hoppy finish. Tons of warming alcohol as well. What a delightful beer.
brewmandisch (2) - elkton, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I loved this beer but I am still learning how to write a review so I an a little thin on description here.
Not so much an IPA impression as a hoppy Barley wine. really enjoyed it.
naivepegasus (364) - USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby with a thin film of soapy head that quickly dissipates. Strong smell of caramel and syrupy hops. This beer doesn’t mask the alcohol as much as you’d think- sharp alcohol taste is matched with a hint of toffee and ends with a strong bitter aftertaste of burnt toast. Not bad at all, but I think I overhyped it in my head.
pforei (338) - USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Foodery, Philly. Copper color no head and matching flat mouthfeel. Aroma of chewy malt and syrupy hops (not fresh and lively but heavy and resiny) and alcohol. Sweet candied brandy, fermented fruit and hops. Thick body. Meh.
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice dark cherry color with a beige colored head. Head didn’t last long and there was virtually no lacing, but still a nice looking brew. There is just a trace of some caramel in the smell, but this is pretty much all hops. Seemed like there were more grapefruit citrus hops than piney resinous, but either way, they worked very well together. Taste is full of much of the same, but there seems to be more piney hops in the taste than the aroma, there’s even a bit of caramel and dark fruit hidden beneath the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit thick, full bodied and medium carbonation; maybe that’s not true to style, but it seemd to fit well. Very enjoyable beer, certainly worth trying, if you can find it.
alandudeman (25) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
APPEARANCE/ SMELL: reddish brown with no head. Sweet caramel smell with piny hops.
MOUTHFEEL: thick, syrupy, and sticky
TASTE: initially malty and sweet, then caramel. Then bitter then alcoholic. The alcohol wasn’t too pronounced but warmed on the way down.
THOUGHTS: this more closely resembles a barley wine than IPA. DD was lacking in the citrus, lemony hop flavors and smells. The only thing hoppy about it was the bitter aftertaste, which wasn’t even that bitter or lasting. GREAT BARLEYWINE, POOR IPA
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Thanks SQNFan! Nice looking pour with a hazy glowing amber color and a deep orange hue. The tan head is small but strong. Rich sweet noce with toasted vanilla, butterscotch soaked grapefruit, and gingerbread. Pretty inviting. Slick and warming feel, with apparent alcohol. Sweet flavor with toasted honey and a vanilla sweetness in the background. Some graham cracker and apparent alcohol burn. The finish has huge layers of resiny bitterness that makes the huge sticky body tolerable. This is a high octane IIPA that kind of works; although it’s very hot and over the top.