blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 bottle poured into a snifter had a nice layer of tan foam on the pour with a beautiful ruby color and once settled pretty good lacing on the surface. aroma is beautiful with candied brown sugar, hops with a sweet grapefruit, caramel, and citrus peel, and a great balance of sweetness and citrus hits. mouth feel is medium, creamy on the tongue, brown sugar all the way but not overly sweet for my tastes. hops donate a great deal of citrus mix, grapefruit, and spice leaving me torn on which side i like better. carries the 9.9% so well it is unbelievable gotta get me some more of this.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours hazy caramel, off white head. Aroma is molasses, caramel, vanilla, tangerine, slight alcohol. Flavor is caramel, pine, molasses, malt, vanilla, alcohol. No acetone that I can detect. Not bad.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Chef Paul’s in Lisle. Poured a beautiful clear dark reddish amber. Creamy thin head. Aroma is sweet sugary, caramel, and citrus. Taste is hoppy sweet with aromatic spices. Medium bodied with a lingering bitter dryness.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very clear and amber in color, well, really more like a combination of raspberry and gold. The nose gives off scents of brown sugar, currant, orange peel, coriander and grapefruit. In the mouth the wine is smooth with good richness and a slightly dry, hoppy finish. The flavors from the nose continue showing off a mix of tart fruit with sweet caramel/brown sugar. A unique beer that hides the 9.9% alcohol very well.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. Pours dark copper in color with thin off whote head. Aroma sweet up front and floral hops. Taste is sweet, caramel and hops with bitter finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper brown body with a well retained, foamy, cream colored head. Thick rings of lacing coat the glass well. The aroma is sweet up front, with caramel malts and brown sugar showing strong. Earthy and citrus hops complete the nose, adding balance. The flavor is again quite sweet, which overshadows the signature Lagunitas hop profile a bit. Caramel and brown sugar dominate, with orange and grassy hops lurking in the background. Medium-full bodied and smooth, though the after effects are pretty sticky. Very drinkable for a 10% ABV brew. Solid offering, but not one of Lagunitas’ best.
highibus (798) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma slight breadiness with light hops and sweet brown sugar. Creamy white head was mostly lasting. Flavor was heavy on the sweet side with some slight acidity. Palate was medium to full bodied. Hides the 10% alcohol very well.
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not usually a big fan of hoppy beers, but this one is very well done. Caramel and of course, brown suger flavor dominated the taste. The high alcohol content is not even noticable. Great beer!!
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark caramel brown color with a quarter inch head that fades to a tan cloud and ring of bubbles on top. The aroma is candy sweet, with a hint of spices blending in. A bit of sweet fruits as well. Flavor has a light dry bitterness throughout but most noticeable is the fruity sweetness. The body is quite refreshing for such a sweet, strong brew. Quite a nice surprise.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours a rich dark copper color with a short lived off white head. malty aroma is packed with brown sugar, caramel, earth, citrus, pine and grassy hops. the taste is pretty much the same with a kick of alcohol coming in late. pine hops and their dryness really cut the level of sweetness down and make it rather drinkable. sweet but not cloying. medium bodied. mouth feel picks up some creaminess as it sloshes around. not very complex but a good and drinkable BW style