pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap (at Rustico in Alexandria, VA). Dark ruddy brown with a thin, though constant tan head. Almost looks like a porter. Big floral hops in the nose with some resin. Oddly enough, a significant dark malt, and particularly chocolate malt presence, though certainly no roast or coffee at all. Thick on the tongue, creamy and smooth, good body, but not excessive CO2. The flavor profile says it all to me. There’s fantastic balance. Big strong clean hops over a rich and somewhat chocolatey malt backbone. A little sweetness, but not overboard given the hops. Clean hoppy bitter finish. This reminds me of a nice rendtion of Arrogant Bastard with some emphasis on the chocolate malt.
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep red color with a off white head. Aroma of malts, light caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is strong malts and a bit of sweetness. Full bodied with a decent bitter finish.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 Clear dark brown in appearance. Head was light cream color and not very big. Aroma was not strong, but slightly sweet. Flavor was a little sweet and somewhat bitter. Finish was also bitter with plenty alcohol.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap. poured a ruby brown, with a thin off-whit head. Sweet dark fruity aroma reminds me of some belgian strongs. some bitterness balences out the fruit in the flavor and makes you rember that you aren’tdrinking a belgian. Some alchol present in the finsih, but overall a very smooth big beer.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle...pours root beer color, transparent. Small tan head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is not as sweet as aroma would lead one to expect. Bitter finish though -- nicely balanced for a a big ale. Alcohol is well-hidden for the 8.8%.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a brown-red color with small head. Aroma of brown sugar and fruit. Taste is wonderful; slightly sweet with a burbon-like aftertaste with hops and a bit of plum or some kind of dark fruit -- very nice. Finsh lasts long, and is great. A very good strong ale.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitas makes a helluva American Strong Ale as I just had the Lagunitas Imperial Red the other day. Pours a dark ruby color with thin head. This had an aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, candied sugar. The aroma strikes me more like a belgian quad then an American strong ale compared to the impy red. Taste is very fruity in fact I’m getting some berry flavors and other fruit flavors, also some caramel and candied sugar. This is a good beer. Palate is slightly dry but again, this is a well rounded delicious beer.
rocbyter (2000) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet yeast aroma. Pours a dark amber. Taste starts sweet. The middle brings a nice hop bit and then dies off in the finish. Creamy palate.
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear but dark mahogany pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is rather light but has a touch of malts and caramel. Flavor is very sweet at the beginning with a lot of caramel malts, roasted and smokey malts, and a very warm alcohol finish. Lots of alcohol present at the finish with a bitter and sweet aftertaste.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours filtered and very dark brown, small head. Smells of raisins. Tastes like caramel, smoke and dates. Syrupy. Nasty aftertaste.