RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent dark amber color with a small tight head and great lacing. The smell was very fruity, hoppy and malty at once. Great balance...excellent ASA...I loved this baby.
PSmith (35) - Kennewick, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. At first, too cold, let warm just a bit and the flavors came out. Consider this a strong ale, at 9.9% did not taste like a high octane beer. The finish was a nice spicey warming. I wish I had another.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep ruby with a thick, frothy tan head. Strong aroma of fresh cut grass, grapefruit, and alcohol. Big creamy malt right up front, with an herbal bitterness hitting mid-palate. Bitterness lingers through the finish, with notes of vanilla, lemon zest, and earthy/piny/spicy hops. Palate is full, creamy, a bit sticky, and spicy with lingering bitter grapefruit, just a hint of lemon zest, and some mild continuing sweetness. Very unique ale, almost feels like some sort of crossover. Part Barley Wine, part IPA, and part ESB. Either way, enjoyable, and very easy drinking.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
’07 bottle. clear, red/purple with minimal head though pretty carbonated. almost looks like a well-mixed shirley temple. aroma out of bottle is pure hops, but out of glass has more of a candyish maltiness. like a cherry syrup almost. flavor is decimatingly bitter. a tiny bit medicinal, still syrupy. i don’t know man, there’s some off tastes here. kinda weird how turned off to hops i’ve become. just a tad overcarbonated. i didn’t want to give over a 3.5, but i’ll let the 3.6 stay since it has no alcohol taste. even if this version is a full .7% less than last year’s.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle - Medium/dark copper color with medium sized creamy off white head. Aroma has fair amount of light caramel, faint citrusy hops w/ notes of lemon, touch of apricot. Flavor is malty, faint caramel, touch of vanilla, bit of lemon and herbal hops. Finish is mildly bitter. Overall a nice american strong ale.
19Ei8hty (1170) - Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2008 Wow - they were not kidding about this being a drink inspired by their bitter feelings about the local federales. This thing is a molassas sweet, bitter, malty hoppity-hop-hop behemoth ale. The smooth caramel malt segues into a huge, sharp biitter hop finish with a heapin’ helpin’ of pungent grapefruit that does a dance on the face of your tongue.
Re-rate: May 3rd, 2008 - Rating a 1-yr. old bomber I have let marinating in my fridge - citrus stands out a bit more, much smoother and even seems a little more full-bodied than I remember - I agree with my previous rating of 4.2, but am going to bump it up to 4.3 on the merit of how well it aged at 45F.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - JUN 26, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. A steal at $3.99 each. Poured out a wildflower honey color, with a sticky tan colored head. Aromas are of honey, caramel, toffee, burnt raw sugars. 9.28% ABV on my bottle. Flavor profile is off the hook. Strong malt backbone with grapefruit hops bite. Bites your ass like a rattlesnake. Big alcohol flavors, along with subtle vanilla beans in the background. Thick mouthfeel, chewy body. Like a big ass Barleywine.
Kicks royal ass. Keep up the good work guys! Thanks much for this ale.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Honey amber pour with a decent head. Not bad. Aroma was hoppier than I expected - somewhere between an IPA and pilsner (I had this a few days ago, bear with me). I liked the flavor - refreshing, citrus, good finish, nice malt backbone. Alcohol is well hidden, I never would’ve put it at nearly 10%. Overall, pretty alright, I’d have it again.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber color with a large ivory head. The nose is on the weak side - with gentle notes of pine, citrus, and hops. Mild malt flavors are dominated by strong citrus, pine, and hop flavors, with a good hop kick in the finish.
Padron4KM (535) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber, no freshness date noted.
Clear copper with a thick tan head and sticky lace.
Aroma is caramel and grapefruit and pine.
Flavor starts out sweet with sticky caramel flavors, then ruby red grapefruit with sugar, and a light dusting of piney resin.
Finish does get a bit sticky towards the end of the glass, but it has enough hops to keep it from going over the edge.