SSSteve (3950) - - FEB 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear ruby/purple color. small tan head. hoppy, alcoholic, american barleywine aroma. sticky palate. flavors of alcohol, hops, and sweet malt with a hint of cinnamon in the finish. hint of licorice. too much alcohol.
jcwattsrugger (11557) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head that quickly dissipates and mahogany color. Aroma is lots of medium malt-sweet, dark fruit, secondary citrus. Taste is upfront citrus hops-bitterness followed by medium malt-sweet, dark fruit, licorice. Good carbonation.
bigdogbrewing (9) - Delaware, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2007 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown with orange/red highlights. White head with good retention. Leaves lace on the glass. Sweet malt up front and mid tongue, then a floral / herbal hop note hits and finishes clean and smooth. Smooth drinking but one dimensional. Does not not taste like a 9% tonic. No real flaws just does not have much complexity.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy boboski. Dark brown pour with a thin soapy head. Mild floral hop aroma with a malty background. Slightly bitter start to the taste and a dry finish with a bit of the hoppiness lingering. Very drinkable, but not much to set it apart really.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I gotta say. I’m not liking this one. The alcohol is quite present, and the attack is quite harsh. The flavour, or lack thereof, of the hops isn’t strong enough to support the bitterness.
thegreenrooster (3533) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a very dark brown with almost no head. Aroma is chocolaty with notes of cherry and oily hops. Flavor is sweet chocolate malts with some dark fruits and molasses. The only down side is the lack of hops but other than that this is a tasty brew. Alcohol is hidden well for a 9%.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Mocha coffee roasty chocolate aroma. Tons of dark fruit too. Dark brown in color. Flavor is the same as the aroma except with more discernible fruity sweetness. A heavy body in this ale, yet for being 9% alcohol, I can see this being pretty drinkable actually.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Pours dark reddish with a mostly receding tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, plums, raisins, and grapefruity hops. Taste is toffee, brown sugar, citric sour orange. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly resinous with soft carbonation. Finish is hoppy and acidic. Yum!
BongoJay (6) - Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2007 does not count
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight chocholate malt flavor quickly followed by carmel/toffee notes. The malt profile transitions very nicely from one malt to another. Clean and smooth texture. VERY Drinkable, especially considering it’s 9%. Bartender another round please.
vyvvy (4661) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown / crimson with a rocky tan head. The aroma has dark malt that is very smooth and tropical hops that are sweet and clean. Medium thick body that is very smooth and sticky with some nice carbonation on the finish. The flavor starts out with dark malt and sweetness that tastes natural as if it was apples or pears. The flavors come across bold, full, rich and clean. The finish has some spicy, woody and earthy hops along with a spice kick. The big flavors here do a great job of masking the 9% contain in the bottle. Big thumbs up for this winner from Lagunitas.