Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Duane for this one! Oh how good this one is, and its such a California taste, coming from Michigan! I love the hop impact, and how well the alcohol is hidden. Piney, sour fruits, a great beer!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a semi-translucent caramel brown with an oily looking head. Sharp hop bouquet aroma with discernable malt support. Some wafts of cherry figs, dirty potato skins and cherry-almond Nips. Flavor rips into the palate, with the malts getting a head start to hold up the hops. Characteristics of amaretto signal a Tequila Rose liquor-like quality. Other accents of honey, maple and brown sugar spawn a barrage of flavor. At times there are strong suggestions of Christmas evergreens and some discernable alcohol. Oily and oozing on the palate, yet efficient in its entrance and exit strategy. Finishes with lilacs, honey dew and amaretto. Nice beer - thanks for sending this my way, Styles!
adrian910ss (2387) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a coppery light brown color with a creamy head. Smells of intense hops, pine needles, malts and carmel. Taste has a strong bite to it. Can detect massive amouts of hops and pine needles. At first alcohol is hidden well but as the beer warms up the alcohol is more present. Very similar to a barley wine beer, yet has an IPA taste to it. An excellent IPA.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Beautiful, dark amber - almost yellowish brown head. Fat aromas of alcohol and hops. Extremely potent body, lots of sweetness and caramel on a bed of hops, hops, hops. And hops. 200+ IBUs, 10 different hop varieties and dry-hopped in 26 days is extreme by any standard. 240705
lamas (1419) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of my SecretSanta. Hazy amber pour with a thin sandy head. Aroma is quite balanced with a good bit of sweet caramelly malts and plenty of bitter hops with some underlying alcohol. A real syrupy body. Warming alcohol throughout and the IBUs are VERY tingly on the tongue. TONS of INTENSE grapefruit and pine. This probably has more IBUs than any other beer I’ve had, but it doesn’t really taste like it. The hops are well-complimented by tons of malts. For every bit of citrusy bitterness there’s an almost equal amount of caramel sweetness. Nicely done. Still, some intense stuff.
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a tanned head. A malty sweet nose with prune and alcohol notes and underlying hops. Taste includes much of the same characteristics with the bittering hops adding balance to the sweetness. Ends with grassy notes.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing aroma: Toffee a.o. Extremely powerful: An ear-wiggling beer that makes my toes tingle as well. Very, very nice. And of course: hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Thanx Engelsmann!
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malty aorma, lots of caramel, and lodas of hops, peaches. Dark amber body, small off-white head. Very sticky and sweet malt flavor, caramel, very hoppy and ends extremely bitter. Nice one.
joergen (22274) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Clear orange coloured with an off white head.
Sweet fruity aroma with lots of aroma hops.
Sweet fruity flavour with lots of hops.
Long hoppy aftertaste.
Thanks to Engelsmann for sharing this.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown color, slightly hazy. Medium sized white foamy head, with strong lacing and some legs. Aroma is a rather strong grapefruit, citrus and malt. A full bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. Hops are over the top; even for a Pac NW Imp IPA this one is hoppy and bitter. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, earthy and piney flavor lead the hop assault. There is a nice malt backbone as well. It’s a one two punch; a right hook of big malt sweetness and then a big left hook of hop bite. Can be a little confusing. Then you get hit with the 13% alcohol punch. With all that stuff there is a very smooth beer in here. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet. Thanks to Pailhead for this one.