OldMrCrow (1910) - 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 (3340) - 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.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2007 Pours darker than most IIPAs, deep mohogany with a full semi creamy froth. Aroma of fresh pine and malt. Full nectar w/ creamy residual effers. Flavors are extreme malt and citrus rind. Big hops all the way though balanced by a big malty backbone. Well balanced for a malt bomb and the alcohol is dangerously well hidden. This brew is exceptional in it’s genre, awsome. Theres a freshness about this brew. I can really tell the rye portion in this gives the hops a turbo charged boost sending it into overdrive to cruise at speeds defying your avere\age IIPA. The rye is slight but brings the brew to classic proportions. A fantastic specimen in my book. I highly recommend this brew and if your a hop-head, this will be a treat as you examine the properties and weigh them against others in it’s genre. Connoisseurs Choice! The best surprise since Houblon Chuoffe.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear, brilliant ruby red with a thick, tightly packed off-white head. The aroma is comprised of some mild grapefruit and pine, but the dominate part is the sticky, sweet caramel laced with some sweet brown sugar and a touch of the spicy rye. Oh, and some hot, fusel-type alcohol. The body is thick, something viscious. I mean, viscosity is defined by this stuff. Holy crap. And when you mix that with some sticky sweet caramel malt and hot alcohol, you get a slow sipper for sure. The sweetness ends up being too much for me. The hops seems to offer little in the way of flavor, and I don’t know if it’s the sweet body or varieties of hops, but either way it’s just intense bitterness. Just a little too much for me.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle and served in ye olden pint glass. Developed an initial fluffy dirty white head which faded but left plenty of lace in my crimson color glassware. The nose found lots of rye spiciness along with a boat load of rich caramel and crystal malts. For good measure there is some hoppy grapefruit and pine prancing about with a dash of phenolic activity.
The taste is a balanced mixture of snappy hops, twangy rye, sticky malts and sugars. What keeps this from becoming too much (or perhaps makes it even more uber) is a noticeable hot alcoholic presence on the finish. Honestly if it was not for the cleaning power of the alcohol this would have been a syrupy mess. Instead, the moderate lingering spice (from both the hops and rye) is quite enjoyable. The mouth feel on this brew is sticky and heavy for the genre, near barleywine levels.
I always dig a brew where the Rye component is upfront and adds to the beauty of the brewmaster art, this beer does that. I just wish it was slightly less sticky and heavy and a touch more hoppy.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours a reddish amber with a creamy, lasting, lacy pale yellow head. The aroma is just a little sweet with some toffee, grapefruit and rye. The body is creamy full with moderate carbonation. The taste is much like the aroma and sweet from nutty start to bittersweet finish.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel and malt nose. Red-brown body with a tan head. Lace clings to glass. Flavors include caramel, malt and tons of hops. Finish is definitely dry-hopped and includes a heavy, thick mouth-feel. Warming too. Not sure how true-to-style this one is.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2006
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours adeep amber brew with a bit of foam but not much. Nose was mango and hops which is not what I want in an
IIPA. I want HOPS. The alcohol was very prominent here and ruined the brew.