BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one has Barleywine written all over it. From the ramped up malt character to the vanilla and oak notes I’m getting. Hazy amber and dark with just a few specks of film floating around the top. Super sweet in flavor with notes of tropical fruit, caramel and vanilla. Full low carbonated body and sticky palate. Nice one for the cold weather. Thanks to demitriustown for the sample.
Beaver (1507) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a very murky light brown with a thin light tan head that quickly goes to a thin skim that lightly laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet tangy grapefruit and caramel, with a little metallic note. Oranges, alcohol and a little floral hoppiness come out as it warms.
The flavor is sweet caramel and fruitiness initially followed by a fairly big earthy, grassy almost grainy bitterness. It has a kind of charcoal bitter (yet kind of sweet) finish and aftertaste. The alcohol is pretty well hidden but warming and becomes more prevalent as it warms. I would never guess this was 13% though. The mouthfeel is very full with light carbonation.
Overall, a very nice IPA3. There are better DIPAs that are better balanced though.
pinkzambia (1763) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: A thick beer that pours a burnt sienna color. The aroma is sweet hops. Then you drink it and WOW -- did someone just punch me in the face? No, I just danced with the devil in the form of Founders mondo imperial IPA. It has a super hoppy aftertaste, but suprisingly sweet as well. I didn’t prefer the syrupy feel. The higher alcohol content was definitely noticed and I only had a sampler from Indiana_Red. Thanks.
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours a cloudy dark redish brown. I am daring to "dance with the ’devil’ " on this one. The viscosity seems very high. Syrupy almost. Extremely dense and creamy beige head and thcik sticky lasting lacing. Aroma is a strong sweet malty carmel. Vanilla, candied sugars are also apparent. Don’t right off notice more than a typicl IPA hop aroma. Maybe less than typical. Flavor however betrays its style. Malts are sweet and heavy. The Bitering hops come in late and make you forget everything else. Very smooth heavy feel and very soft carbonation. Very strong, bitter and at 13%, I dared to dance and I am afraid my dance card is full.
Impressive....how is this not a BW again...?
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Walt for this one. Dark for an IPA. Hazy with little head. Musky, hoppy, heavy caramel aroma with some hints of coffee and vegetable notes. Moderate body. Very alcoholic. Very bitter.Vegetable flavors mingle with earth and pine. Rough overall. The commercial deScription makes some hefty claims. I would be interested in knowing more about the IBU’s and how measured.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber body, thin white head, hoppy nose (derf), pungent strong hop flavor, balanced with something kinda skanky and rich with honey, strong bite, crispy and distinct but not overly impressive, 13%... yikes
frankenkitty (1984) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer appears honey-thick with a heavy haze on a deep copper body with vermillion highlights and light particulate. A creamy-yet-oily, cream-colored head laces in a sheet. Aroma is majorly grapefruit, with fresh, green leaves and honey... but a spot of dirty laundry/dishrag detracts from the goodness. Intense hop flavor burns the lips, tongue, throat and gullet on the way down, then returns to do some damage to the nostrils and sinuses. Sweet, sweet malts create a fat-bodied feel, and contradict angry hops to cool down the tastebuds. An oily, citric essence lingers incessantly but in excess comes off sour. Devilish, Decadent, Delicious.
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eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Special thanks goes out to Landseer for this one. A very dark muddy orange appearance with a thin tan head. Aroma was big malt, but even bigger hops. Aroma was similar to a strong Barleywine. Had hints of citrus with sweet orange and lemon. The alcohol was also noticable in the aroma. I really would classify this monster as a Barleywine on steriods. The body was heavily malted, with a ton of hops. Had a tea like flavor, slight citrus notes, and a huge amount of bitterness. Starts sweet, switches to brutally bitter, and finishes sweet with the orange and lemon coming through in the end. Can taste some alcohol in the finish and is slightly dry. Had a thick mouthfeel and was VERY strong. This bad boy was like a kick to the face. A good kind of a kick to the face though. Just so overpowering.
rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks santa. Deep ruby body, head is dark tan & sticks around forever. Grapefruiot & caramel explosion in the nose with plum, dark fruits & alcohol. Lots of caramel, HOPS HOPS HOPS, grapefruit, chocolate. Very bittersweet finish. Amazingly thick mouthfeel.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a murkey, muddy, copper, orange-ish, red. A smallish head forms, but fades quickly. The aroma leans toward malt, but the hops do not exactly take a back seat by any means. Notes of candy, cherry, maple, vanilla, and brown sugar, with the scent of a bland of hops that can’t even begin to describe. The flavor is fairly balances with the bitterness winning this round. Starts our very sweet. Maple and vanilla. Long bitterness. Fuller bodied. Not for the timid.