IvoR (92) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark red, a little muddy with no head at all. Aroma is of fruits and hops. Flavor starts out sweet, but slowly turns very bitterly and hoppy. Finish is again soft and sweet. The overall sweetness spoils a bit this otherwise very good brew. Yet, I do not pick up any alcohol despite there being a lot of it.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
on tap - Capone’s, Norristown PA
I picked up a couple bottles of this but haven’t tasted those yet. Tap pours a deep, slightly hazy amber color with some reddish orange tints. Head was thick, pure white and had excellent retention. Aroma was thick with sour citrus, grapefruit and some slight earthiness. Mouthfeel was viscous and slightly sticky. Flavor started off with sweet malt and then almost immediately - ka-POW - hop detonation. Green, resiniy, fresh, citrus, raw under-ripe grapefruit all explode into your tastebuds. Hop flavor lasts and lasts too, but is surprisingly well balanced with the malt body. Some warming notes from the massive alcohol content, but holy crap - this beer is really drinkable. After one 10oz glass I had to step it down to the Southern Tier Imp. Oat Stout at only 12.5%!
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a reddish orange with a tiny light tan head. Aroma is of the forest with beavers and dandelions and stuff. It starts out sweet and heavy on the alcohol and finishes with an earthly and bitter bite.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours copper, thin tan head, bubbles around the rim. aroma of creamy caramel, some cirtrus, and a hint of sweet tea. the flavor is smooth, smooth caramel, hint of hops with a slightly bitter touch. a full-bodied brew. then it hits you: gee-whiz-bang! hoppy bitter finish that sticks around...then slam-bam-thank-you-ma’am! you get a huge alcoholic warming. "whoa!! how’d this go down so easy?" i thought to myself (which is my favorite way of thinking. see what i mean about the alcohol?). it’s 22.50 on easter sunday and i’m wondering if there is any place open where i can get more. definitely a new favorite. makes me want to start smoking cigars again.
thanks to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=1
rayboy01 for this sample
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a strange brew for me.. almost had the characteristics of a barleywine at first and then as it warmed, it became more IIPA-like.
Murky, murky brackish brown color, no head. This wasn’t the most attractive of brews..
Aroma of sweet malts at first then as it warmed, the hops started to show up..
Sweet, syrupy malts big time when this is cold, not much of a hop presence.. as it warms, it seems to reverse and become one dimensional the other way..
This was a nice brew to try but its definitely not one of my favorites or anything... I don’t get it..
GMCC2181 (1586) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from STFUN! Poured a dark amber color, no head. Smell of sweet/citrus hops. Flavor is also citrus hops and little bit alcohol. Caramel and pine are also there as well. Bitter but not in an offensive way. Above medium texture, almost syrup like. I was really looking forward to this beer and it didnt let me down. I love a good strong beer and an DIPA, this was a combination of both. Thanks josh for hooking me up with this one! I bet this would be amazing on draft...
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2009 Man, there is some heat to this beer.
To be expected from a 14 percent beer, but the aroma of caramel hops and sweet citrus meld into an intoxicating aroma of Gran Marnier and a redolence of aged Double Bastard.
Taste is initially very malty-sweet, the same sweet caramel malting followed by a hugely bitter hopbomb that threatens to destroy the palate, and finishes with a bitter and alcoholic kick. I think the detraction of this beer, and it is not a major one really, is that the bitterness accentuates the alcohol in this beer to make it seem hotter than it is.
I could see this being a very good barleywine with some age.
Sweet grapefruit-like Barry Bonds shitting a grapefruit made of hops.
--- re-rate--- 2006 bottle consumed 8/21/2009
Lots of sherry, oxidation, and a bit of hops, but mostly sweet caramel.
Taste is sweet caramel, piny-bitter hops, and a cloying sweetness on the finish.
Yum, but this is a really oxidized- bwine
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is definitely unreal. Deep reddish color with a solid, creamy head. Far more complex malt flavors than most IPAs. Loads of caramel, molasses and toffee. Very strong citrus hop flavors with some pine in there as well, and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. This is a damn near perfect beer.
k4df4l (154) - DTown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep hazy amber/red with almost zero foam. Aroma of spicy & citrusy hops, alcohol and sweet malt. Flavor of toffee, caramel, raisins, burnt sugar followed the spice and grapefruit hop elements. Finishes with a warming dose of alcohol and ends dry & bitter. Mouthfeel is on the heavy/thick side.
Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2008 Dark amber from the 12oz with a thin head and beady lace. I drank this at Dark Lord Day 08 where Founders was a guest Brewer, some time after I wrote this rating. It was far and away better from an original keg from FoundersThe first whiff is very dense spice that reaches into your sinuses. As you breathe it in, the thick rich maltiness follows. the first sip is a solid crescendo of malt sweetness and hop bitterness in a smooth nearly creamy mouthfeel that rolls across your tongue and reaches around the sides with little fingers of sharp spicyness. The balance nearly made me cry. Finishing this off is a quick fade to strong alcohol astringency, leaving uyou anticipating the next sip. Definitely good for a second or even third. If you like huge IPA’s that border on Barleywine, this beer will be near the top of your list!