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RATINGS: 1459   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 74   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.75%
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We brewed this especially bitter ale in dedication to all the world’s would-be astronauts, in remembrance of the 2005 St. Patrick’s Day Massacre on the Brewery Party Grounds and also in joyous celebration of our 20-day suspension that following January. Do the crime. Do the time. Get the bragging rights. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6393) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2008
"Sneak Release" Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass, many THANKS Dough77 for this: Pours a deep bronze hue with a frothy head and produced very good lace. The aroma has notes of big caramel and toasted malt, crabapple and pomegranate, resiny hop, some herbal and almonds vapours and a hint of melanoidin. Really smells close to that of a old ale IMO.

The taste starts with a heavy malt profile showing off lots of toasted bread character supported by resiny astringent hops and some acidic fruit. The midsection is sugary and earthy. Finished with a slight hop spice, moderate alcohol kick and cardboardy oxidation. The mouth feel is sharp and warming and fits the flavor profile to a tee.

I really dig this the more I drank it, a complete surprise!! Maybe when it first came out it was closer to a IIPA or ASA but now this beer in front of me is more akin to an olde ale or barley wine. If you can find an Sneak Release bottle I highly recommend it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
Bottled at your crazy new years evening party (man did we eat a lot - wow). Clear amber coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Typical american ale - with lots of hops. Quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (1971) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Pours a deep, coppery bronze body under a head which leaves trickles of eggwhite lace. Fruity hop aroma with citrics and apple above hot, vinegary Tobasco. Considerably hopped-up flavor is mostly peppers and pine, although a heavy caramel presence is noted through a chewy sweetness. ABV is numbing yet well-hidden. Sticky mouthfeel ends with a sharp astringence drying up the roof of the mouth. Heavy-duty.

<font size=-4>I couldn’t tell you where I procured this bomber if I tried.</font>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Sampled 8-5-2007. Pours a clear, but pretty dark brown with a good sized crème-ish head. Nose is hopped with an almost cherry edge. Overall it is that sticky, syrupy hopped sweet fragrance that abounds here. Flavor is thick like you would expect the style to be, but not kicking your mouth that hard really. Thick hoppy texture. Pungent and slightly tangy with slight piney hops and a salty aftertaste. Feel has a good liquid body and a good carbonation to it as well. Drinkability is good and I was going to give it a 4.5 because it was going down so smooth, but the salty edge on it just made it a little less pleasant. Overall a good DIPA. Definitely has some solid character, but lacks some balance in some important areas I think. Still worth a shot for sure, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Very clear orange-amber beer with a large off-white head. Head lingers and leaves lace to the last sip. Aroma is hoppy, but well balanced with malt and crystal notes, plus significant but soft alcohol notes. Flavor is very hoppy, but again with a good malt backbone to balance it out. Mouthfeel is on the high side of medium. Tail lingers well with a nice hoppy character, but with some faint apple notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pepsican (1496) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Pours a dark copper with a thick white head. Great lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and a nice hop character. Similar flavor, nice citrus fruits thrown in, piny hops, brown sugar. finishes nicely carbonated, bitter, slick. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4734) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with good retention leaves spot lacing as it slowly recedes. Orange and alcohol aromas. Thick and heady with upfront caramel and a thin, lasting grapefruit resin and alcohol burn finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2008
2006 bottle. Copper in color with a light head that retained. The nose is filled with citric hops and some caramel/toffee malt. A smooth and full texture with a rich and sweet midpalate that turns to a dry, bitter finish from the hops. Well made and easily drinkable even with the 9.3% alcohol content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (14274) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2008
Bottle at Bagers - NewYears evening. Clear dark amber - offwhite head. High hoppy, flowery, grassy, malty sweetness, piney, caramel, high american hoppy, lovely aroma, amber malts. Lasting bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
raiderfost (168) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Pours a deep amber with a small head. Very nice bitterness and a good intergration of roasted malts. Very well done.

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