jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a very attractive dark clear red with a medium beige head. Sharp piney aroma with some cherry fruitiness and wood. VERY tasty; starts off with notes of dark roasted caramel, spicy rye, general massive malty sweetness, oak and then a boatload of intense piney citrusy PacNW hops-very pungent, grapefruity and bitter. Hints of tropical fruit too - lingering bitter finish. Nice complexity between the malty sweetness, spicy rye and hops. Full, round and lush on the palate with fine-beaded carbonation. A thin layer of head sticks it out up until the end. I’d classify this as an American Strong Ale, actually it’s almost in Barleywine territory. Seek this out if you like complex, malty hop bombs. Great stuff.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange ruby. Nose honey centennial and cascade. Flavour is piney with a grassyness. Big sweetness to balance the bag of lawn clippings. great balance.
JorisPPattyn (7810) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Huge yellowish head, clear; foxy-amber beer, clear. Coconut (Pinacolada?), caramel and very discreet hops. Warming up, I get almonds. In the taste again coconut, but here there’s hoppy bitterness that has but little aromatic components. A bit like bitter almonds, resin or even quinine. Adstringency is unmistakable. We agree that it has no rye character to speak of. Buried under all the alcohol and the rather raw hops? There’s a lot to say about this beer, but in all, it’s not anywhere bad. It’s surprisingly meek for a 10% ABV beer, which is a performance in itself.
OldGrowth (2615) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose, sweet & sour. perfumey. Pine, gf, orange, caramel, brown sugar. Clean brownish orange color. Good head & lacing. Bittersweet flavor, Much more bitter though. Grapefruit metallic bite. Caramel if you dig for it. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish that lingers. Side of me likes it, but a one sided flavor made me knockoff a couple points from flavor and overall score
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark amber color, with a medium off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, mollasses and a light spicy hopiness. Flavor, rye, brown sugar, some spice and bitterness on the finish. There is some warming on the tail end as well, and the bitterness wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. But still enjoyable.
aracauna (3046) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark ruby brown with a slow-building, creamy head. The aroma is apple and pine hops with a strong malt backbone. The malt is sweet and balances nicely with the hop bitterness. Good, easy-drinking, especially for its size.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Deep clear ruby-copper color. Tan head mostly diminished, leaving spotty lacing. Aroma of rich malt, cherries, raspberries, caramel or butterscotch and piney hops, with some alcohol vapor wafting up now and then. Flavor of liquid candy, deep sweet rich malt, pushed up on the back by a complex blast of hops. The candied-apple malt component pushes all the way through the finish, almost hand-in-hand with the hops. The hop side lingers a bit on the back of the tongue. Very clever brew, though for a 2IPA it may suffer slightly from a too sweet over-maltiness. Still a clever creation, and I love the Lenny Bruce/censorship theme on the label.
skoisirius (1580) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle into a Snifter glass. Pours a murky amber brown with a fairly frothy tanned head that had pretty good retention throughout. The aroma is incredibly malty with hints of hops, grass, and a tiny pine note. The flavor is malted out to the max...almost tasting barleywinish at points. It starts with that huge malt presence where you pick up a tiny bit of the rye, which then kicks a small spiced hop note, which progresses into a very heavy alcohol finish that bites quite hard. Medium and somewhat thick body, again, almost like a barleywine. Wasn’t quite sure what to think of this one. Good, but different.
bhensonb (10777) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clean sweet aroma of piny hop. Some accompanying notes of malt and grapefruit and Belgian candy. A clear almost cherry red color. Finely bubbled whitish head. Starts with malty sweetness, passing to a multitude of hop, finishing with Belgian candy. After awhile the hops come back. The flavors move like a rollercoaster.
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium sized tan head, retention is good with a fair amount of sticky lacing. Clear, amber/copper hued brew. Nose of grapefruit, light pine and malts. Body is med/full, a touch oily on the palate. Sweet caramel malts behind a rather surprisingly large hop bill, piney, grapefruity with a hint of apricots. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is almost dry with a whopper of a bitter bite.