kramer (4345) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle, via Dubbercody. Pours a clear deep copper colored body under a one inch foamy off-white head that retained well and left nice lacing. Aroma is well balanced between sweet caramel and toffee maltiness and a boatload of piney and floral hops. Flavor is pretty aggressively hopped with the bitterness really emerging on the finish. There’s a strong malt base as well, but it plays second fiddle. Alcohol is noticable but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft fizzy carbonation and finishes a little sticky and cloying. Overall, pretty enjoyable stuff, kind of defines that American Stong Ale category to me, lots of everything but no dominating element.
CapFlu (4237) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(660ml bottle) Sampled at the post-GCBF party hosted by Oakes, "Big Beer Sampling". Solid orange with cointreau in an oak barrel. English musk. Soapy. Malt-o-matic.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle from BevMo La Jolla. Pours a beautiful strawberry topaz color with a moderate beige head that diminishes to a thin film of bubbles. Quite fruity aroma, cherry, peach and citrus notes, molasses and hints of spice, lots of floral and citrus hops evident as well - especially as it warms. Delicious flavor, fruity malts, honey and brown sugar, huge tangy citrus hops, an alcohol burn, peppery grapefruit in the finish and a lingering lemon peel aftertaste. Medium to full body, smooth yet tingly carbonation. Definitely an especially bitter brew as the commercial description states.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber, off white head. Aroma is citrus, floral, caramel, malt, and pine. Flavor is smokey, caramel, citrus, floral, pine, and malt.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden-copper body with a frothy beige head. Aroma of a fresh, spicy, pungent, and dank hop bag. Also has qualities of brown sugar, whiskey malt, dark bread crusts, and alcohol. Flavor has a nice interplay of toasted rye, sweet caramel malt, bawdy hops, and warming alcohol. Pleasant, lingering finish. Reminds me of fresh Arrogant Bastard, but more hearty. Very well balanced for such a big beer.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very abrupt aroma of unknown contents greets the upon opening the cap. Like dry grass. Body is clear copper with a fairly large frothy light tan head.
Aroma is a hoppy sweet spicy cologne. A little light, but pretty good and different.
Taste is actually close to the same. Creamy and sweet brown sugary citrusy hops mostly in there. Pretty good stuff. Its got the hops of an larger type of IPA, but the sweetness is more present and in a different, more tropical spicy way.
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red copper ale with a thick light moka head, lacing. Nice herbal c-hops in aroma, with good chunky malt in mouth, welll balanced with floral hops, very grapefruity, and a good dose of candy sugar. Rich bodied, with hops and malt covering the mouth. Bottle from Party Source, Syracuse, August 2006.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very clear light copper, yellowish white head. Sugary nose with sharp, very spicy and lightly leafy hops. Pointy, sandy. Rather english in its hop profile, but dry-hopped at a max. Sadly, not much malt character despite the intense sweetness, there is a foundation of strong toasted caramel, but it is one-dimensional, certainly never bringing any fruitiness in the portrait. Wrongly carbonated, feeling highly forced and filtered and removing from what could have been a silky feel. So we’re left with 2 dimensions, the spicy hops which could be pleasant and the direct, dull malts. Really thin mouthfeel, I can’t believe this is almost 10%.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2008 Any first impressions?
-A thin slice of head tops the misty dark orange.
-Citrusy hops and caramel maltiness hug, wobbling in alcohol spillage.
-The caramel sweetness works well with the resinous hop flavor and bitterness.
-The clean body is competently built, yet does not evoke any nourishment (which I tend to expect in these massive brews.)
What if you dig deeper?
-Hops evolve into earthiness, flowers, and oranges, showcasing pleasant agility.
-Honeyed sweetness brings some fruitiness to expand the flavor spectrum.
-Another competent strong ale from Lagunitas, which does not follow any preconceived stylistic guideliness, but yet remains forgettable for some reason.
jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Nice clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts bitter sweet, that becomes more bitter but not overpowering, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. $3.29 for a 22oz bottle from John’s Market Tigard, Or.