sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tan head, fair retention, settles to a thin cloud cover and some sparse coating lace. Hazy light brown color with a green tint. Nose of citrus, lightly vinous and grassy. Body is medium, resiny, hmmmm? Nicely c-hopped with a balanced caramel maltiness, sweet malts, a touch earthy, fruity and very flavorful. Finish is lightly sweet with a balanced bite to boot. Props to SDbruboy and footbalm for bombers of this brew.
mds (2154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown-copper with a small white head. Citrusy grapefruit aroma, sweet resin, creamy bread malt and some lemon. Sugary malt flavour and the hops are certainly in full force as well as a whack of alcohol. Caramel flavour is also apparent. Overall quite big and drinkable but best kept to small doses.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2007 Rating #1 Bottle (6 3 5 2 12). A brown-orange color with a foamy off-white head. A toasted malty sweet bread flavor. Wood, medicinal, and pine flavors that challenge but don’t quite create enough joy. Rating #2 Bottle (6 3 7 3 16). A light malt and spice aroma that was very understated (almost like tea). The flavor comes through well despite the missing aroma. A slightly sweet malty and caramel base with with a little bite. A smooth finish with a pleasant malty aftertaste.
Pailhead (4362) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Dave at Sew Sporty in CA. The aroma has lots of caramel, brown sugar, citrusy hops, and light orange. Pours a bright transparent orange with a small off-white head. Decent lacing. Flavor starts with lots of caramel with some hints of banana bread in the middle. Finish is a strong combination of oranges, tropical fruits, and citrus hops. Alcohol is just strong enough to let you know it’s there. Very similar to a Barley Wine with a strong fruit presence in the finish. The fruitiness diminishes as it warms and it resembles an American Barley Wine even moreso. Very tastey.
Sammy (8026) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A significant white head on yellow body. Pine resin significant aroma with malt. Very bitter and dry Irish style IPA, big everything with harsh malting. It was drinkable and a hop fix, but not excellent. Alcohol creeps up as it warms. OK for this style.
MrManning (1982) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sometimes you feel like shutting er’ down. This is how I felt last week, which is why I wanted to try this bastard so badly. Pours deep brown/gold rum colour, with a thin creamy froth. Citrus and pine are the big winners for aroma here. The pine is really assertive, and I like it. Someone give me a pine tree to drink, shit yeah. Lots of bready malt in the aroma as well, cookie dough with a touch of ammonia. Tastes west coast baby! Lots of hopping and muscular malts (a la arrogant bastard) very citric, brown sugar, a touch of spices and wood. Pretty assertive, but not horsey like others had mentioned. Thanks Mike, for shutting me down.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. I had a bottle a long time ago and remember not liking it so much but I had another so I thought give it another try. Pours Amber/Straw with a thin white head. Not much of a nose, slightly creamy and light . The taste emphasizes the alcholic potency of the brew and is quite strong and hoppy. It is certainly a hoppy Bitter, has the feeling of a bigger IPA or a double IPA but it isn’t quite there, its got something else going on. Not my favorite but certainly good, if you can still find a bottle pick it up and take a swig (from a glass of course).
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoppy red ale, big citrus hops throughout with a very floral hop nose. Pours a dark amber/copper with a off-white head. Malts have great caramelization that gets take over by a big bitter finish. Very heavy on the palate.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A large, creamy, light brown head forms easily over this dark amber brew.
The aroma is fruity, with caramel and citrus hops.
The flavor is a mix of light sweetness tempered by an earthy hop bitterness.
Cletus (6322) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a lighter brown with a thin tan head. Smell is moderately hoppy. Taste is of bitter and sweet hops. Decent but not nearly the hop bomb I was expecting.