Ernest (6598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, cookie), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Eh. I don’t get much out of this one...generic big hop-and-malt brew.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Beer is clear, light brown with a small, white, frothy, quickly and mostly diminishing head.<P>The aroma is malty with light/moderate notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; Hoppy with moderate/heavy resin/pine, moderate herbal grapefruit zest; Light yeast note of basement; Light miscellaneous notes of alcohol and vanilla.<P>The flavor is moderately bitter, moderately sweet, lightly acidic with a long, warm, lightly/moderately bitter, moderately sweet finish.<P>The body is medium/full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>Quite hoppy, but adequately balanced with the rich desserty malt. Not particularly engaging, though.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A well balanced beer that has sweetness and roastiness in the start and gets a little bit more hoppy with time. Surprisingly strong beer too. Got better as I drank it.
Crit (3515) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sparkling amber,lasting beige head.Citrus brown sugar nose.Malt brown sugar start, medium hops,long bitter end. Nice lacing
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper, with small head and nice lacing. Aroma of citrus, woods, oak, followed by sweet maltiness. Similiar flavor, has subtle pine notes, sweet malt, and fruitiness. Nice bitterness finish. No way I would have guessed 9.9% alcohol, it was so non-existant. Nice job Lag!
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a small head. Aroma is of fruity hops and sweet malt. Taste is all hops with a lot of sweetness to it. It is a little strange, but has a nice bitter finish. Overall, not the best effort.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 12, 2007
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2007 Light malty bread smell. Dark copper and clear, nice medium-sized orange head. Mahogany colored and clear. Strong, full flavor, tipped more to hop than malt. Not my favorite style but pretty good I guess.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Wow the db f’d up and put the (really inaccurate) review below, last paragraph, someone else wrote but has my rating. amazing strong ale because it is so smooth. Hides the alcohol. The comparison would be be dogfish triple hopped IPA or founders double trouble but perhaps more barley wine flavor
Ale Noir! Hard nosed and menacing but in a delicous way. Cross between Black Bear Hotrod and GL Eliot Ness. You tasted the 9.9% just in the biting whiskey-like way sam spade would of wanted it.
rocbyter (1935) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JUL 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very fresh, soapy and piney hop aroma. dark orange color with a large off white head. Creamy malt start with moderate hop finish.
DuffMan (7624) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hazy copper amber with a soft golden head that generates respectable lace. Rich aromas of toffee, soft fruit, pine, and oak barrels. soft in the mouth, on the heavy side; sweet but not overbearing; toffee, slighlty earthy/woody, resinous hop bitterness that balances things perfectly. These guys do a good job with their strong ales. Fantastic!