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RATINGS: 1426   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!


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2007
bomber from north belt west liqour. pours an impressive ruby red/brown color with an off-white bubbly head. slightly sweet caramel malt aroma with perfumy hops. velvety smooth presence in the mouth with a satisfying aromatic hop bitterness. toasty and dry with a touch of toffee coming through in the middle.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
lb4lb (2563) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Pours a gorgeous rich mahagony color, with some nice lasting white head. Smell is pretty nice and hoppy with a slight touch of malt perhaps and a bit of noticeable alcohol present especially as it warms some. Taste isn’t undrinkably bitter as I feared, and is nicely hopped however, but the noticeable alcohol taste rather, is what caused me to not like it too much. Finish is mild lasting bitterness and chest warming alcohol. I’m sure this is good for the style, but I don’t like tasting the alcohol in my beer, and this is probably just part of the Strong Ale style. You’ll definitely feel it creeping up on you faster than a regular beer.

2.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Let me be clear about this... I am not a fan of very bitter beers, so this may not be a helpful review for you. However beautiful it looks and smells can’t help the bitter progression in my mouth. The appearance is great but I just can’t handle drinking a beer and actually tasting the alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Great hoppy aromas heavy on grapefruit and lemon. Brown in color with plenty of lacing from the bog of tan head sitting atop the beer. Really nicely bitter, with low astringency and full flavors. A little soapy, with, again, lots of fruit. A really good strong ale. Very reasonably priced, too.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Bomber. Pours a clear copper with a lacy off-white head. Aroma of weed and citrus. Medium body and light carbonation. Bitter woody taste. Almost has an oaky character. Interesting, but not very inviting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours cloudy copper color with a thick, creamy beige head. Aroma is flowery hops, spices and caramel. Taste is citrus with a nice malt backbone, caramel. Good bitterness. Full mouhtfeel, creamy. Good strong ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (3096) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2009 got to try this one again. amber to dark red. hoppy with plenty of malt. caramel notes. immediate dry and bitter turns to sweet. k7 Re-rate: got this one again. has a peach vibe to it. like a grassier version of the lagunitas red.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degrassi (30) - cypress, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Not as bitter as I expected. The alcohol was not a factor here, very smooth beverage. Lower priced than other beers of it’s kind with this high of an abv (which is why i picked one up). Overall a good beer I wouldn’t shy away from, but not something i’d buy if I was trying to spoil myself.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
A pretty standard strong american ale. You should like it. Be suprised if you didn’t.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Clear deep amber/copper pour with a 2 finger khaki head in a new Sam Adams glass. Sweet aroma of brown sugar and malt with a little grapefruit. Flavor is tilted toward the malty end with plenty of caramel, toffee and milk chocolate. Hops apparent but not nearly as aggressive as anticipated. Nice rich mouthfeel and a slightly peppery finish where the alcohol joins the party. I’d echo the comments from mj - this brew is quite close to their Censored Rich Copper Ale. Not a bad beer and one I would happily drink again but not one that I would go out and look for.


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