Oakes (15294) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dull dark amber colour with rich head. Piney, slightly minty hop aroma with breadcrusty malts. Rich, resiny hop flavour. The woody bitterness is balanced by ample whole grain malts, as well as toast and caramel notes. Like most of Great Divide’s beers, this is easy-drinking and well-structured while maintaining stylistic integrity.
MiP (15183) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very malty aroma, some hoppiness. Unclear dark brown colour, small head. Strong peppery flavour with much aromatic and bitter hoppiness. Slightly astringent aftertaste. Good body, slightly syrupy mouthfeel.
Theis (15097) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Byens Kro - shared with Lasse, after a christmas lunch with Eurofins. We got it for 80 kr. (usual price 120 kr), because - as they said - it was too old !!! Dark red/brown - offwhite head. Berries, sweetness, bread, high hoppy, resin, grass, citrus, nice malty, bitter.
jtclockwork (14598) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber. Off white head. Nose/taste of candi sugar, bitter grapefruit rind, caramel, malted barley, toffee and dark fruit. Bitter dry finish. Medium body. Light warming alcohol.
gunnfryd (13980) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Red brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet hoppy. Flavour is very hoppy with elements of roasted coffee and fruit. Very bitter finish.
bhensonb (13840) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of caramel and floral hop. Reddish tinged amber color with a white head. Medium to full body with creamy carbonation. The flavor is primarily grapefruit, with backing caramel malts. Some pine resin kicks in. The finish is almost gummy with hop. The malt sweetness tends to drain away, and the hop is fantastic in a fairly non-bitter way. This is really an exceptional drink.
mcberko (13483) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 10, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2012 22 oz. bottle, pours dark orangey amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, toffee, dark / dried fruits, and piney hops. Flavour of complex dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and strong piney hops on the finish. Magnificent.
FatPhil (13312) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, American Weeks 2009)
Deep red, rocky head. Cascade biscuity aroma. I’m worried this might be just another cookie-cutter US hop bomb already. First taste was some flowery floor-cleaner, but that’s soon replaced by a really full roasty body, and sweet christmassy spicy hops. Big and bold, but falling thankfully short of over-the-top. Even the alcohol is reasonably subdued. Enjoyed to the bottom of the glass - they made that one work.
Tmoney99 (13250) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Red brown cloudy hue with large frothy head. Complex aroma of bread malt, citrus and alcohol. Full body with thick texture and small alcohol finish. Complex flavor of sweet and small bitter.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Red-copper body topped by small beige head that retians well and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, grapefruit, some raisin, bread. Taste is sweet, almost treacly, caramel, grapefruit, pine, pineapple. Finish has a mild alcohol burn, but not unpleasant. Creamy full body that leaves some resin on the tongue. While I think the sweetness prevents it from achieving greatness, I still enjoyed it.