hotstuff (4058) - 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 (3229) - 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 (3904) - 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 (4315) - 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.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark mahohony with decent head. Very nice aroma of sweet sugar and c hops. A little overbalanced for my tastes, but very good. Balanced in the beginning, but very bitter hops in the end actually. Borderline barleywine....
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear dark mahogany with a small fizzy/creamy off-white head. Aroma of pink grapefruit, honey wheat bread, biscuit dough, and a bit of apple juice. Flavor is aggressive and bitter with some grapefuit and piney hops, with a bit of maple syrup wheaty sweetness, leading to a bitter grassy dry finish. Doesn’t taste as hot as I thought it would, but it definitely has a kick to it. Body feels a tad thin for the strength of the beer. Very nice sort of halfbreed between a IIPA and an ASA. With some more refined hop flavor and a bit less heat, this could be even better.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy reddish gold with a huge white head the sticks around streams of tiny bubbles racing to upwards. Aroma is of a full gambit of hops, sticky pine, pineapple, peach, sticky sweet malt, oxidized hard caramel, with a nice rye spiceyness buffering all the other scents. Flavor leads off with a sharp bitterness that never really leaves the front of the tongue. In the back there is a nice rich maltiness full with toasty malt and rye. Though the bitterness is strong the hop flavors meld and sometimes ride under the maltiness the blend is very nice. The hop flavors occasionally do try and take the from seat are pine, bitter citrus, and pineapple. Full body with a very smooth palate. Nice beer.