porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle (best by 11/23/06) via trade with OhioDad, thanks Scott!) A tasty, hoppy treat...Pours clear reddish burnt orange with about 1/2 finger of biege head that recedes to a thin cap. Aroma of sweet and piney hops. Mouthfeel smooth, actually a little light and thin (but it’s a "quality" thin). A touch syrupy. Flavor is a mellow sweet piney-ness. Nothing sharp. Finishes a little bitter. Reminds me of a big IPA but yet unique. Something about these hops is different. Very easy to drink. Alcohol well-hidden.
hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
When drinking this, I just couldn’t figure out what the heck style it was. The colour was mostly red, maybe a bit of amber. There was a medium off white head that formed and dissappeared. the aroma was primarily citrus. the taste wasn’t the great, in my opinion. Heavy handed citrus and resin flavour with an odd malt flavour that seemed to contain a urnt caramel like flavour. This followed up by a dry and slightly alcohol like finish. I think the flavours could have been great, I just don’t think it was put together well.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours red amber with off white head. Aroma is citrus, hops and floral. Flavor is citrus, floral, hops, caramel, malt.
biermensch (64) - USA - OCT 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, from a Maudite glass. Great ruby appearance. Could use a litle more carbonation. Tastes of malt and fruit, nicely balanced with hops, warming alcohol. Different but delicious, by far my favorite Great Lakes brew.
beernightscout (37) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my favorite beers of all time. It’s not quite blood red, but light passing through it is red on my hands. Looks filtered. Smells great if one-note, mostly citrusy hops. It tastes sharp up front, then I get strawberries (a first for a non-fruit beer), citrus, sweet malt, finishes long and sugary sweet. Medium low carbonation. You don’t reaaly taste the alcohol, but you certainly feel it. Got a case of it at the brewery, but you can find it in Chicago now, where it is around $11 a four pack. It’s best at the brewery, where they give you a full pint of it, but that also means this beer has kicked my ass across Cleveland a couple of times, so know you are warned.
BenDover (223) - Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is hard to pin down -- I think its father was a Belgian Strong Ale and its mother was an IPA. It might have some Marzen ancestry as well. Wonderful stuff. Lovely mahogany color, very bold hoppy taste with some strong malt too.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. I thought this was a re-rate as the 4-pack I had a few years back was not very good. The tap version was excellent.
Dark amber color with a surprisingly robust head.
Reminds me of Founder’s Old Curmudgeon. Very chewy beer. Deep malt taste with hops coming out at the end to lend a hammer of a bitter finish. A deep complex beer to be savored and sipped.
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Smokin Joe’s. Dark brown with ruby red highlights. Aroma is very sweet and fruity with loads of molasses, toffee and dark fruits. Intensely hoppy flavor balanced with some toasted malt. Very nice.
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 Deep, clear ruby color. Mild carbonation with a big, foamy tan head. Sweet malt and rich hop (grapefruit/pineapple) aroma. Flavor is sweet and rich like caramelized dates and some toasted malt. Great hop flavor and bitterness from start to finish - loaded with hop flavor, but it is almost soft (no hop bite at all). For 8% alcohol, it is well hidden with just a little bit of alcohol peaking though the balanced hop finish. Medium to full body, very smooth. I really liked this offering from Great Lakes. Damn that bottle went down fast! So good...
12 oz bottle (best by Nov 23/06) from The Party Source.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
via trade with 1FastSTi - Pours a clear deep amber color with a good size light tan head. Leaves some nice lacing as the head settlesNice foral hop and toasty malt aroma. Has a nice malt flavor with some esters. Medium body. Very good beer. Thanks Blake.