GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jclzony (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a beige head. The aroma contains a moderate amount of nice floral hops. The first sip is a little sweet, however it contains a solid caramel malt backbone that quickly turns to hops and finishes with a good strong hop flavor. Grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops carry through to the finish. The pine and grapefruit flavor lingers in the aftertaste for quite awhile. The 9.28% abv is well disguised beneath the hops. This beer exhibits a Medium body with moderate carbonation and could pack a wallop if too many are consumed.
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seems to be in the vein of so many other Lagunitas strong ales - rich chewy brown sugar and toffee malt flavors, easily apparent and uncomplex, with a moderately high hop level that only adds a tinge of bitterness and nearly no flavor. At least the alcohol isn’t apparent in this beer, I’ll give them that, but I wasn’t too impressed with the standard caramel and raisin malt nose, nor with the standard but slightly thin flavors of caramel and caramelized hops. I could certainly drink this, no question, but like everything else Lagunitas I just don’t think I’ll be buying it again.
JohnnyJ (4496) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of sweet carmel malt, citrus, and juicy hops, but the nose still is not very interesting. Pour is a red/copper with an off-white head. Flavor is resiny and syrupy. Citrus, a bit of bread and fruit, and sweet malts. A solid brew, but it tastes like any other lagunitas american strong. Lacks depth.
Hangover (1063) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUL 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper pour with a decent sized white head with thick lacing. Big citrus aroma that just screams that this will be have some thick, syrupy hop character. It does. Nicely balanced with the malt. Nice bread/toast middle. Hops are resinous and sticky towards the medium bitter finish. This is a really solid strong ale, just the way I like them. Right under hop bomb level. Balanced. Alcohol only evident from the warmth.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Similar in tone to most other lagunitas specialty brews, this one wins out due to near immaculate balance of malt and hops. Pours brown-gold with slight receding head, crisp hop nose chased by enveloping toffee tones on the palate, in turn chased with typical lagunitas high IBUs, this one gets to hang around in the cellar a while, just to see what happens.
BuckeyeBoy (2854) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle Pours out a clear amber topped with a small tan head. A great aroma of hops (maybe a little pot smoke J/K???) A great hop tast very smooth. what a nice brew on a hot day.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice ruby-amber color with decent clarity and a full, creamy, off-white; lasting ability is great and lacing is fairly tight and plentiful. Nose is nice with loads of citrus (grapefruit and tangerine, almost tropical), pine resins, light herbal hop notes, and backing caramel and sugar cookie notes. Flavor is heavily of pine needles with some citrus notes (mostly tangerine) and nice herbal notes that progress into the finish. Malts are set underneath the nearly high bitterness with hints of caramels and faint fig. Palate is warm with noticable alcohol but never overpowering; medium to full, somewhat velvety and round, and moderate carbonation. Finishes long with most of the sweet malt notes slowly disappearing leaving a big herbal bitterness and warmth. Not necessarily original or carrying to much complexity, but well done for an Arrogant Bastard clone. Plenty of bitterness but without overpowering sweetness and nice malt background notes. Would be nice to try in a six months to a year once the warmth calms down a bit, but even still, warmth adds to the power of the beer. Quickly becoming a favorite brewery of mine.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a slightly cloudy amber-mahogany with a thin, fine, tan head. Light hops aroma with some fruitiness and a bit of dry maltiness. Flavor is predominantly of alcohol followed by dark orange peel hops flavors and dry caramel malt notes--all soaked in intense bitterness. The balance is a bit off here. The heavy bitterness works for me but the overt alchohol flavor and hotness doesn’t sit well. The hops and malt flavors are good but are shoved into the backseat here. This is a good beer that has some issues.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear amber color with a thin film of bubbles on the surface. Serious grapefruit/hop aroma with a trace of sweetness. Strong hoppy character with a solidly malty background with pine needles and a bit of alcohol. Not very complex stuff, but pretty solid.