mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, transparent copper with a thin, tan head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing. Aroma is deeply bitter with an absence of floral notes. Lightly effervescent mouthfeel. Heavily bitter taste, as promised by the style and claims for this brew, but with complex undertones. Good beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5
slowrunner77 (1609) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
"Had this one before they started dating their bottles. Shoulda known better. Had obviously been out for longer than I prefer. Nice big caramel maltyness, medium bodied and a touch sticky. Faded hop aroma and flavor though the bitterness is still there. They’ve kinda turned into douches since being called out for not dating (there was session IPAs on display at Total Wine 5 minutes from the brewery, and when they were told their response was not only dismissive but downright rude) so pretty much the only one I buy these days is super fresh Simtra."
sirwisa (25) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I love rye. It gets a bit hidden behind the big malt aroma and hop, but I think you’ll get some if its earthiness if you pair it with the right food. I like this beer with lamb and some funky cheeses, not so much with vinegar based sauces.
Homer321 (1886) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewery. Strong malty nose with a ton of sugar and toffee with a light hop presence. Taste is malt forward initially with a firm hop bitterness. Dry finish. Decent.
Zymurgeist2 (1016) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bomber to glass. Aroma of rich biscuit malt. Some slight spice from the rye, but had hoped for more. Pours an amber-chestnut with a light tan head. Taste is rich malt with slight chocolate. Alcohol is present. Hops are restrained with grass, slight citrus and a little earth. A little "mole sauce" on the back half. Moderate low bitterness belies the IBUs. Missing a little something.
Handypaul (211) - - MAR 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with a lasting creamy head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, pine and coffee. Hides the alcohol well. Medium bitter and lightly sweet. Average carbonation, medium body, and a long bitter finish, bitter taste into the far finish.
TaktikMTL (5751) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Odeur d’houblon avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’oublon résineux avec une pointe de caramel et d’agrume. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #5486)
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread and fruity caramel support coniferous hop resins in this rich and flavorful strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam settles atop the mahogany gown.
-Though intense, the flavor profile is rather balanced.
-Sweetness levels are kept in check.
-The toastiness is very enjoyable.
-This was a nice surprise! The flavor profile is a cousin of Arrogant Bastard, I would say.
John25 (494) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber. Pine. Citrus. Heavy pine taste. Pretty heavy thick mouthfeel. Creamy/syrup. Decent, but not as good as I hoped it would be.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
conway (1426) - - FEB 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brownish amber with off white head. Aroma is sweet malt, citrus and piney hops. Taste is extremely piney, borderline cleaning product. Citrus and caramel notes support with a slightly roasty finish. Thickish syrupy palate with moderate carbonation. Not my favorite offering from Knee Deep.
skmikeg (900) - Poway, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a reddish amber-brown with a one finger tan head with good lacing. Aroma is of pine, sweet malts, rye, citrus, caramel, bready malts, and some toffee. Taste is about the same as the aroma with maybe a little more hoppyness. Has a medium full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a slighty dry, moderately bitter, long finish. Overall, a pretty tasty, complex strong ale.