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 (5598) - 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 (4527) - 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 (224) - 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 (918) - 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 (3499) - 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.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a somewhat cloudy orange amber with a one finger fluffy off white head. aroma is sweet malt, candy sugar, and a nice floral hops with a barley wine and pine characteristics. has a medium body with descent lacing and good carbonation. flavor is the same as aroma, but definitely stronger. is a little slick on the tongue, a little sticky, and has a little bite from the hops. also has a small dry hop aftertaste, and the alcohol is well hidden. very nice i would get more, but i would not want too drink more than two in one sitting.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a bright red glow. Thick head lasts and lasts. Big hoppy citrus aroma with lots of caramel malt to back it up. Flavor is slightly sweet. Body is a bit heavy at first and then this huge bitterness comes through and cleans the pallette nicely. Surprisingly refreshing for a beer of this magnitude.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a nice dark amber. Thin white head that sticks around until the very end. Aroma of caramel and sticky hops. Goes down real smooth. Wonderfully bitter mouthfeel that lingers in the back of your throat. Alcohol is hidden throughout, which is surprising.