anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber reddish color with an off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy piney caramel aroma. Fruity malty earthy piney hoppy caramel flavor with hints of licorice. Has a fruity malty earthy hoppy bitter caramel finish.
brokensail (15764) - Dublin, California, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Knee Deep. Copper in color with an off-white head. The nose is quite caramel and brown sugar forward. Decently hoppy with lots of pine and citrus peel. Kind of grassy, too. The flavor is intensely sweet. Big time sugar, caramel, and fruits. Some bitter grass and pine. Moderate citrus qualities. While hoppy, it’s not quite enough to overcome the massive sugar content.
jtclockwork (14717) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of sweet caramel, pine, grapefruit rind and citrus hops. Medium body. Dryish resin/sap finish.
mcberko (14074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle, pours a murky cloudy dark orange brown with a medium white head. Nose brings out earthy caramel malts and resinous hops - smells rather old. Flavour confirms this suspicion, with old resinous hops and caramel malts. Thanks a lot for this old beer, Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ - shameful to sell something this old, especially without a bottle date. Lame.
bhensonb (13985) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours clear dark ruddy copper with a creamy beige head. Aroma is quite pine/citrus over firmly roasted malt. Full bodied. It’s very resin/citrus hoppy. Almost burningly so. The malt is typical "red" roast, and it’s strong enough to stand up to the huge hop bill. This ale screams NW. Brilliant.
Tmoney99 (13340) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex hop, toasted rye and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy dark bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.
Ratman197 (13094) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, orange zest, earthiness, pine and grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, grapefruit, pine and light orange zest with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.
Dogbrick (11327) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a clear reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and hops. Medium body with flavors of piney hops, roasted malt and caramel. The finish is moderately bitter with a hoppy aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
slowrunner77 (9946) - 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."
MartinT (9267) - 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.