SDalkoholic (2232) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Has a roasty sweet caramel malt aroma with a backdrop of hops. Nice little film across a dense looking mahogany. The drink holds a strong malt backbone with plenty of flavors of toffee, toasted malt, oat wheat bread, and rye. A small hop character to this double IIPA and leaves behind an aftertste of hot chocolate that has gone cold or of coffee that had a ton of creamers poured into it. Very well masked ABV.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber: Medium amber w/ a lasting light beige head. Crystal malt, light butterscotch, citrusy/piney hops hit the nose all at once. Rye comes in as it warms a bit as does toasty malt and lighlty nutty aromas. Piney and nutty seems to get stronger as it warms, probably attributed to the rye malt additions. Very fruity w/ non distinct fruity esters. Flavor is very sweet up front. Balances well toward the back end w/ a semi sweet finish. Herbal hoppiness toward the finish and aftertaste with a restrained fruitiness. Strong caramel malt presence throughout with rye riding shotgun. Big, thick, and chewy body, but doesn’t really seem syrupy and very smooth, well hidden alcohol, and medium low carbonation. Pretty good beer! A little light on the hops for a double IPA more like a barleywine, but still a very good beer.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish-orange. Coating creamy light beige head. Aroma is odd. Very malty, and reminscent of something i can’t put my finger on. Like some sort of sweet lavendar or something. Maybe a purple or blue aromatic / Crayola marker. Some sweet wood too. Taste is kind of the same. Very smooth and very sweet, but not in a cloying way.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Large smooth ivory head that was mostly lasting, very poor lacing, visible carbonation, transparent, and a ruby hue. Nose was malty, caramel and hoppy. Flavor was sweet, bitter, caramel, malty, and very hoppy tasting. Mostly smooth with a slight tingliness in the mouthfeel.
Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber-copper clear amber with a forathy off-white verging on tan head. nose of sweet hops, light cinnamon, estery alcohol, but lots of sweetness here-mixed berries. flavors are sweet, caramel malts, candy sugar, piney hops, and some alcoholic fruit. lots of pine on the finish that dries it out a little, but not enough in my book. huge alcohol kick on the finish. not bad but definately a little better than Stone 10!!!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a deep amber-red body with a thick head and lots of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with a note of caramel to start and finishes hoppy and bitter with a note of pine. Full bodied, smooth, a touch dry and a little warming.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours a deep amber color with a good size light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Has a floral, resiny aroma with light toasted malt aroma. Flavor is a little sweet with a good hop bit. Medium to full body. A very good beer.
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear deep bronze with a decent sized tan head that gives very good lacing. Aroma has sturdy malt, sweetness, rye, dark woody hops and some light grapefruit citrus hops. Full bodied with lots of soft carbonation. The taste has lots of dark hoppy flavors, some fruitiness, very woody hops along with some dark malt that give a good amount of balance. The finish has a boatload of woody hops with some spiciness and rye. There is lingering dark fruits as well. There is a sweetness that goes throughout the taste that is not typical for the style, but it works for me with this one. Nicely done and unique IIPA.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From 22oz Bottle. Wow, this beer’s appearance is gorgeous. Dazzling ruby amber pour with an amazingly tall, well sustaining head of creamy bubbles - one of the longest lasting I can remember seeing. Sweet, perfumy aroma of sherry and raisins. Some raspberries and honey give it a nice, sweet, floral fruity character. Just a hint of rye character creates a nice rye balance in the nose. And my enjoyment stops there. Thick, sweet, syrupy mouthfeel with a creamy, shimmering carbonation. Very sweet, underattenuated flavors and a substantial dose of diacetyl. Also, I’m not really in agreeance with this beer’s classification or label title, as it really seems like more of a barley wine to me. No matter. Ripe, rich, fruity spice - I am liking the centennial hop flavors. Much too sweet and syrupy for my liking overall.
thornecb (4822) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a viscous bright ruby into a tulip. Significant tan micro head leaves sheets as it slowly recedes. Everything’s here: floral, pine, citrus and resin. Syrupy and full with all the aromas in the palate. Lasting grapefruit finish. Palate detracts.