MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog - 16th anniversary. Strong wooden notes and accompanying sweetness paired with the usual hop aromas.
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 9-25-2009 at Fort Wayne, IN Gathering. This bottled beer provided by patrick767 pours a small off-white head with a good retention, transparent amber body, fair amount of lacing, and visible carbonation. The Aroma is malty, oak, floral, and citrus hops. The Taste is sweet, bitter, malty, oak, hint of vanilla, floral, and citrus hops. The Palate is lightly tingly and this beer is full bodied. Overall, this beer is a sipping beer at 10%ABV, but I did not find it to be overly hoppy tasting for the style.
Tomy63 (200) - Clermont-Ferrand, FRANCE - NOV 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur ambrée foncé, le nez est sur le caramel, le malt grillé, le bois et la vanille, un peu d’agrumes aussi mais dans le fond. La bouche est maltée, caramélisée, vanillée, assez puissante, pas trop amère. Au final, la finition en fût a enlevé du fruit pour le remplacer par de la vanille, du bois et du caramel. C’est pas vraiment ce que j’aime, même si c’est pas mal fait.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5/13/2011. 22 oz. bottle. Had both the 16th and 17th version. Dark amber color with an off-white head. Aromas of caramel, hops, malt, tropical fruit with some sweetness from the oak. Rich and complex with plenty of hops on the finish.
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper with an off-white head that never quite goes away. Good lacing down the glass as well.
Smells of sweet oakey vanilla. A little earthiness and some fruity hop character as well. Smells sweet, but not overly so.
Strong forward presence of oak and vanilla with a little malty sweetness rounded out by bitter piney resinous hops. Finishes a bit wet with lingering bitterness and vanilla.
A little bit sticky and good carbonation.
Been waiting to crack this one open for a bit as I loved the 16th Ann. It didn’t disappoint. I hate the Rumble IPA, but this one is great. Lots of good vanilla presence and a good marriage of hops and malt. A very good DIPA.
jhliesen (818) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle--my beer was bottled on March 20, 2012. Hazy amber color with a medium white head. Aroma was rich in hops along with some malt. Loved it. Hoppy bitterness on the taste along with some wood, I guess. The hop bitterness followed through on the end. Produce place.
rumproasts (4862) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle of 17th Anniversary. Deep golden with small head. Imperial IPA with wood aging. The wood does a nice job of muting the hops, though the effect is subtle. Might have been a bit better fresh, but it’s good as-is.
dojken (482) - - AUG 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromen något diskret men smaken ligger fint i munnen väl balanserat sedan kommer en explosion av Pina colada därefter komer en fin beska. En konstig men rätt god öl.
Pyrmir (5474) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, rated from backlog. I will write a more extensive rating if I come across this brew again
AirForceHops (6065) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Multiple samples @ Empire Brew Fest. 17th Anniversary…. Huge mango and passion fruit nose with hints of wood. Taste is slight malt sweetness, caramel and earthy hops with a tiny hint of citrus in the end. Mango shows up again with peaches dipped in caramel. The oak is really comes out after it warms. Medium carbonation, mouthfeel is soft. The bitterness is only a hint without any trace of the ABV to be found except for a slight warming feeling as it travels down your throat. This was a really nice treat at the Brew Fest, absolutely high end.