riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from kp. Thanks man! Reddish amber colored brew with an extremely thin head. Citrus fruit aroma. Tons of grapefruit, orange, and tangerine but not a strong burst, but more of a very nice juicy aroma. The flavor is sweet and juicy. Semi sweet caramel malt, citrus hops, pine hops, and a touch of earth. Citrus, piney hops are dry and lingering. Some alcohol comes through in this hoppy, juicy brew.
Pailhead (5557) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Puddintane
Bottle: The aroma consists of fruit, caramel, and citrus hops. It poufs a hazy amber, almost orange, with a small white head. The flavor starts with a big dose of caramel and faint toffee. The finish has a muted/aged citrus hoppiness. This tastes more like an aged Barley Wine.
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brownish red, nice foamy head. Very piney, hoppy aroma, as expected, but also a definate caramel sweet edge, too. Very full bodied. Noticeably sweet at first, the a balanced out with a smooth pine and resin finish. Good stuff, certainly worth waiting an hour and a half in line for!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Caramel color, light head and light lacing. Nose of bright earthy citrus and pine, some citrus. The flavor is woody, light tobacco and bright acidity, lacking a malt backbone to backup the bitterness but isn’t under sweet per se. Bamboo? Interesting.
decaturstevo (5408) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper pour with just a slight haze and lite white head. Aroma citrusy but not really a knockout hop aroma. Rich sweet front end that flows to a good solid bitter. It almost reminds of of oranges in a flavor that changes a number of times throughout the drink. Mouthfeel is solid and full. Carbonation is very good as well. A beer I like alot. I wish it were more readily available.
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle, 2007 Vintage, via BA kkipple. Pours a hazy dark orange body with a fizzy and foamy beige head that left some moderate lacing. Light visible carbonation. The nose is pretty well balanced, piney hops with lots of sweet caramel maltiness. Light hints of alcohol. The flavor seems like maybe this has gotten a little long in the tooth. The hops are sufficiently bitter but there’s no brightness at all. The malt is slightly sweet with lots of toffee, but also some oxidation creeping in. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation and just a bit of stickiness. Overall, this was just a little too dulled to be good. Sometimes an aged IIPA can be beautifu. but not this one.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on 10/29/2010. OK I found this bottle sitting in the back of the beer closet, its 3 years old, I know that and the rating does take that into account. This Imperial India Pale Ale pours a medium copper gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is malt, biscuit, sweet and caramel. A medium bodied former Imperial IPA now a barley wine. The malts are very biscuity, caramel and malty. The hops are herbal and floral. Although this beer is probably a faint echo of what it was fresh, it has become a very nice barleywine. There is perhaps a touch of oxidation, but that is not always a bad thing in a barleywine. Nice balance. It was an interesting unintentional aging experiment. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
notalush (5318) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing - hazy reddish copper beer - spicy aroma, with notes of butterscotch and caramel - odd hop spiciness that doesn’t integrate well - a bit sweet, with apparent diacetyl - the alcohol comes out a lot as it warms - not that good.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Mgumby in a recent trade. Pours a chill hazy orangey ligh amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is oragnley hops and some citrus notes, also some grass and becomes almost soapy. flavor is a clash betweenen some crackery base malts and some astringent and dull faded hops with some pine needle, ash, and orange scented soap. Astringent and almsot slick bitterness which doesnt linger very long. This is just average at best I think for a DIPA.
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a rich, clear dark amber body with a lush, creamy off-white head.
Smell: Pungent, redolent aroma of resinous pine and fresh-smelling citrus fruits. Plenty of caramel malt ready to balance things out, though. As the beer warms and is allowed the breath, the alcohol really begins to perk up, as does a bright spice character.
Taste: The hops do not wait for the caramel flavor and sweetness to dissipate, right away you get smacked with the fruity citrus, pine needles, and all the bitterness help within. A distinct spiciness continues to build throughout. The hops and bitterness hold on relentlessly into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Hmm, I’d place it at the high-end of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rich, luscious mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Quite nice. I look forward to seeing how this one ages and whether or not Highland will continue this trend of releasing an imperialized version of their current beer line. An Imperial Black Mocha Stout might be nice.