beeratarian (71) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2013
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thick, syrupy, weird smoke taste. Some bitterness in finish. Beer is all wrong! Trying not too dump it!
thornecb (4104) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep mahogany into a shaker. Tan head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Sour caramel and nut aromas. Thick and sweet with dark caramel and toffee upfront turning to sour nuts and pit fruit in the hot lasting finish. Too many malts are too many malts...
williamherbert (1197) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy reddish-brown color (the description says "russet": spot-on); opaque as a swamp. Not a ton of head; slushy at the top. There is, however, a deceptive amount of carbonation, which can be seen by quickly tipping the glass back and forth, showing a cascade of dark bubbles.
The aroma is incredibly boozy. There is a mustiness to it, with a gritty, grainy malt character. The woody hops are buried under this strength at first. A little sulfuric in the nose, but that doesnít detract.
There is a boozy, Bourbon taste, giving off a sort of cherry cordial malt flavor. The hops are both piney and flowery, balanced with very grainy grain-alcohol flavors.
The feel is very thick and very creamy. This is less an imperial IPA than it is a hoppy barleywine. Itís very good but there is a heft to it that I wasnít expecting. This is a pretty intense experience, and a pretty outstanding brew. Let it warm up and drink slowly.
mtdewa1 (211) - rome, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma is malts and toffee. Taste is malts toffee caramel and touch of hops. More malty than hoppy. Ok ipa but was hoping for more hops.
Bill Becker (166) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to the one, utopiajane. Thanks, Maria!
This pours a surprisingly dark red, auburn? It looks very hazy and brings a 2 finger head of foam and some nice lacing.
Lots of caramel malt on the nose but equally...lots of fruitiness that I pick...cherries...out of my hat..err..nose. Thereís also a strange smokiness Iím getting that reminds me of some of the Scotch Ales Iíve had before. A plus?
Bitter starts my tasting off. Caramel malt follows closely behind and there IS a cherry flavour here that I notice, once again, when I swish the beer in my mouth. Swishing reveals all sorts of good things and..sometimes bad things. Now thereís a roasted maltiness Iím tasting that compliments the caramel goodness. Then things go kind of south for me; the smoke I mentioned in the smell is beginning to become noticeable. Iím not a fan of Scotch Ales mostly for this.
Great mouthfeel and quite smooth for the abv. If only that darn smoke...
I prefer Cascazilla.
keanex (1229) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best before February of 2014.
Appearance: The body has a velvety texture with a deep ruby hue, the head is short and short lived, settling into a sparse light tan coating with a foamy ring.
Aroma: Bright citrus jumps out initially, reminding me of orange zest and grapefruit, but what takes over is a strong cherry to port wine aroma with a mild spice. Backing the fruitiness is a non-descript sweet malt base. I could smell this a hundred times and not get bored, this is bold and complex.
Taste: This is certainly an interesting sipper. The malts are strong throughout providing sweet undertones for the sharp bitterness provided by the hops. Hints of caramel, toast and cherry to fig like flavors are found throughout, the finish coming off cherry and port wine. These malt flavors are balanced by black pepper, floral, and grapefruit hop presences, the black pepper and grapefruit meeting the fruitiness of the malts by the finish. The finish lingers softly of pepper and grapefruit, rather dry.
Palate: Thick and full-bodied, mildly carbonated but sharp.
Overall: This is a good beer if you donít consider it an imperial IPA. This makes for a pretty good barleywine with a sharp and complex hop presence backed by a solid malt base.
swoopjones (5248) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at Blue Monk, deeper copper pour, full bodied. big rich maltiness, toffee, caramel. had a wierd hand lotion like finish, strange. tough one to drink
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, pours a dark red, aroma is smokey and taste is a bitter smokey IPA and for me it didnt work too well. overall okay. Hides the ABV well.
dmac (3690) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle via mixed 12 pack from Spirits Berkley. Poured a super deep dark red body under a small to tiny fizzy beige head. Aroma of pineapple and vanilla extract layered between old bread dipped in stale red wine and some sherry. Fuller body with average carbonation and a super dry body that realy hides the crazy high 11% ABV. Flavor is very similar to the aroma with stale bread and old red wine and sherry dominating. Blah not my cup of tea unless you want to get anice buzz going.
TheEpeeist (3137) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Barely clear garnet brown with a slim beige head. Nose is caramel, grass and cherry. Oily medium body with soft carb getting resiny. Taste is pink grapefruit peel, vodka and strangely, smoke and bubblegum.