ChainGangGuy (4494) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, orange-brown body with a foamy, thick off-white head.
Smell: Aroma of lightly toasted grains amidst heavy hop scents of resin, grapefruit, and flowers.
Taste: Sugary caramel sweetness flush against the torrent of hop flavors and bitterness. Pine, grapefruit, and even some freshly-squeezed lemon juice. Finish acidic and bitter with some peppery ethanol lurking in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Sticky, oily mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Another simplistic strong ale, and though its well priced, it just isn’t my cup of tea.
dchmela (2786) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper with a fluffy head. Powerful hop aroma, really enticing. Taste is a little thin but a huge explosion of hops in the mouth. The hops even linger on the palate after. This is really interesting and a nice change of pace.
dmac (4562) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle purchased at Monaghans. Poured a fantastic looking clear reddish amber with a nice foamy whiteish head. Aroma was very sweet with nice floral hoppiness, caramel, molases, and something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, figs possibly. Palate was medium with a nice touch of carbonation and a slight bit of alcohol warming on the back of my throat from the 9.28%. OVerall a nice beer that everyone enjoyed.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a clear copper color with a 1 cm thick light tan head. Aroma is a light meld of spicy malts and some floral hops, maybe a hint of dark fruit wanting to come out. Taste has a spicy/citrusy combination in the beginning from the balanced malt/hops, with the finish having a nice crispness and subtle hop buzz. I liked it because of its balance, doesn’t try and overdo the hop load. Could have a livelier aroma, though.
radagast83 (5493) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Dark amber color. Aroma of nice hops and citrus. Taste is citrus - mostly orange and grapefruit - and great floral notes. Very hoppy and great finish.
obguthr (4451) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was told this was a barleywine, but it had a thinner mouthfeel. Decent hop aroma. Dark amber pour with a thin head. Taste is rose petal, orange, and strawberry. Very delicious. Quality hop finish. It sold out quickly at the event I attended, and for good reason.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2008 Darkened amber pour, creamy off white head. Inviting rich hop nose of freshly toasted pine and candied grapefruit zest. Soft underlying waves of toffee brittle and hints of mint chocolate cookie emerge as it climbs to room temp. Bitter piney citrus flavors are well balanced on soft boozy caramel malt tones. ABV warms, but doesn’t intrude. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, dry bitter finish. Fantastic hoppy brew that should be considered for year round distribution in my mind...
kindacold (223) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had the "sneak release" instead of the 12th anniversary. Awesome. Hoppy, but very smooth. Almost a grassy aroma. Darker than I expected. Alcohol is present, but not as strong as one would think by looking at the ABV. Bought several more.
Tejas (910) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Little alcohol flavor. Good balance. Spicy/cinnamony flavor. Strong ale. Good and glad I tried it. Probably wouldn’t drink regularily though.
thegreenrooster (3463) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is a orange with an average white head. Aroma is a heaping dose of pine hops with some dark malts and something like rye. Flavor is a very sweet caramel malts with loads of pine hops. Also showing up are some wood smoke and dark chocolate. Alcohol is suprisingly tame for such a strong beer. This is a good one to find and buy many bottles of.