Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/amber malty, syrupy. This beer is a malt bomb. Very thick and a little rough. Tough to get down. The fact that this beer is 10% is not disguised very well. This is a very malty beer......which is fine, but not what I expected. Good, but far from great.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 Bottle. Dark rusty orange and brown hued body, viscous and thick on the pour and up the sides of the glass. Tan toast colored head, about 1-2 fingers tall. Doughy, grassy hops and a bready, toasty yeast aroma dominate this beer. Texture is very thick, very viscous and resiny, and the taste is full of dark fruit, such as caramelized oranges, toasted plums and black cherries. Finishes with a nicely sweet and thick malt body, sugary and fruity, which reminds me of Avery Hog Heaven. Great stuff. The rye character? I don’t get much.
needs rerate. i had this a few months back and didn’t dig it at all. but is it worth my money again just to put down my thoughts? signs point to no.
Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 22 oz bottle. Pours a ruby amber with a frothy off white head that laces the glass.
The aroma is acidic fruitiness, caramel and a little rye (probably because I’m looking for it) mixed with hop bitterness and some alcohol.
The flavor is a little sweet fruit with some caramel and rye maltiness and some fusel alcohol. Hop bitterness pervades the taste but is not overwhelming, leading to a long bitter finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety.
Overall, I was a bit let down. There’s a good amount of bitterness but this is not well balanced. There’s a smorgasbord of flavors but they are rather disjoint and not well blended.
desurfer (1212) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish amber with little head. Aroma of rye and piney hops. Flavor is bold and bitter, with a significant rye character along with traditional c-hops. Alcohol is there, but no more noticeable than expected for a 10% brew. This is a nice DIPA; plenty of flavor but not over the top.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, 2006 version; fresh: golden garnet with a large, flowing, creamy tan head. Sappy, grapefruit aroma with a lemon sugar sweetness. Strong initial alcohol presence burns the tip of the tongue, while bitter resin assaults the back…super sweet caramel finish that leaves the lips gooey and the teeth filmy. The bitterness will not let up, and without the fruity or tropical elements of many other strong IPAs, this one just can’t compete…
Marsiblursi (3001) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 (Bottle at OT, Stockholm) Pours beautiful dark red. No head. The aroma is fruity with some acetone-like alcohol. Hints of wine and cherries. Thick and dry mouthfeel. Rather full bitterness. Medium body. Some syrupy, some herbs and dried fruits. Hints of mint, spices, resin and liqueur.
OldMrCrow (1809) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Fresh bomber.
When I read the description of this beer, I was really excited to try it -- and now that I’ve tried it, it is exactly what it purported to be. So why am I feeling a tad disappointed?
Let me first describe the beer. It pours a deep red-brown with a large reddish-tan head. The aroma is overripe apricots, papaya, plenty of citrusy c-hops, strong dark caramel malt, plenty of alcohol. The flavor is intensely hopped, resinous and piney. But arggh, it’s so sweet through the middle - huge sticky brown-sugar and caramel malts assualt the tongue, abetted by the thick, oily, alcohol mouthfeel. Plenty of rye is evident in the finish, coupling with the hops for a spicy bitter finish that is tainted by residual caramel sweetness.
So the beer is every bit as over-the-top and bittersweet as claimed, but somehow the pieces don’t come together well and I’m left with a very strong drink that lacks the sort of depth that could be manifested at that potency. It’s good - but it’s not great. Which means that as a tribute to Lenny Bruce, it gets the over-the-top part right, but falls short when it comes to the genius.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Who the hell is Lenny Bruce? It pours a dark red with a large tan head. This has a big spicy, citric aroma. Lots of lacing down the glass, but a big spicy hop aroma, with some caramel malt but with mostly hop flavor.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a deep glowing amber/ruby body with a nice off-white head. Light lacing. Looks damn sexy with some slow carbonation. The aroma is lightly red fruity with a nice smooth spruce and intense rye. The flavor is extremely malty for an IIPA. Spicy rye and caraway seeds mixed with pine. A touch too malty and not enough citrus/hops. The palate is nicely bitter, malty, spicy. A nicely made brew.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz Bottle. Sweet fruit hop and malt aromas. Nic mahagony body with good tan head. Real good lacing from creamy textured head. Flavor had some grapefruit and a sweet malt to it that is good and was shocking as to I don’t know what it was but good. Smooth on palate with alcohol not overwhelming. Dry finish to this one.