illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchase at Party Town in Florence., KY. Pours thick, and a very deep copper brown with off white head, decent lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted grains. Lots of maltiness in the flavor of toasted grains, tea, rye, caramel. Semi-dry and very peppery bitter hop finish, with some alcohol coming out in the end. More barleywine/strong ale territory than DIPA. But I don’t rate to style. As a beer, this did not wow me, and seemed at bit messy. Not really flaws, just a personal observation.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Noticeably astringent, with high its high alcohol content. The rye makes it highly dry and crisp - of course, as well as the hefty dose of strong hops. This beer has a dark, copper-hued body, with a light tan, almost frothy head. Full mouthfeel, especially with sweet malts and high carbonation. Bitingly bitter aorma and really pretty darn good overall.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had on tap at Falling Rock during the GABF. Excellent Rye double IPA, the rye adds something new and different. A bit roasty, a bit grainy, and wonderfully hoppy.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle drank at Max’s in Baltimore
Amber gold color, nice head and lacing. Nose of earthy, citrusy, melonny and piney hops. Columbus and amarilloish. The flavor is sweet, very caramelly and balanced, nice snappy rye flavor and a spicy finish that compliments the hops, very rich and tasty mouthfeel.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous deep dark fiery copper color with an immensely thick stack of soft off-yellowed foam. Tons of lacing coats the glass like frosting.
Aroma of alcoholic vapors waver over a thick dark malt sweetness and dry rye breadyness. Highly pine soaked oilyness ensues as it sits. This is where the 10% really makes itself present.
Taste is big and malty with lots of chewy breadyness laced with a few dark fruit skins and pits. Thicker yet, burntness of brown sugar arrives along with the rye, which in tune sets up the dryness over the super high pine hoppyness that nearly burns the throat out with an oil drenching thickness of orange, grapefruit, and pine sweetened bitterness. Ripe Barleywine-esk in nature and character.
Huge mouthfeel. Every corpuscle is soaked and coated with bitter sweet thickness. Big malt, big hops, (as stated on the label "an obscene amount") and that rye adds a nice extra cap of clever dryness to its bready fruit bread base. Oily smooth and warming with a complexing fun finish of hop oil warmth and malt residue.
Another keeper of a brew by He’Brew. A nice tribute to Lenny.
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at Falling Rock. Deep copper pour. rising bubbles to creamy off white head. huge malts and hops, citrus aroma. very fresh. Huge hoppiness balanced immediately by the rye. creamy mouth. hops and malts balanced perfectly. calms to warming alcohol and caramel malts. nice lacing. this is a special beer.
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark copper, big foamy beige head. Faint aroma - woodsy/resiny, then brown sugar. Very tasty - Earthy at first, but also some sweet notes creep in - molasses, mostly - then a big pine/spruce finish. A bit flowery at the end. Surprisingly quaffable, given its 10% abv. Purchased at Greenlife, Asheville.
SDalkoholic (2146) - 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 (1093) - 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.