Braudog (6198) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz’er -- Poured a nice reddish medium amber with a firm 1/2 inch foam top. The aroma is quite pleasant, sweet and floral with an almost cinnamony aspect to it. Invitingly creamy and cushioned, this has a nice bouquet of pine and citrus, with a solid undercurrent of caramel malt. You would never pick this as 9.9% ... beautiful! (#3054, 8/10/2007)
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a good looking pour, a clear, deep amber, slightly tinted with brown, and a creamy, sustained beige head. The aroma is rich and malty, a winey, caramel/toffee mix, and heavily hopped courtesy of the PNW. The creamy malts and the sharply bitter citric hops are fairly evenly balanced, keeping me from declaring this a DIPA. The strong ABV is lost beneath the malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness. Nice.
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gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Bottle. Hoppy aromas, citrus notes, reminds me of a DIPA. Taste is yummy; citrus, hops, slight molasses, and hardly a hint of the strong alcohol. Easy on the palate.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Beautiful, toasted amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Terrific retention. The earthy, malty aroma supplies heaps of caramel, tons of pink grapefruit and a touch of damp leather. Tastes like bitter grapefruit rind blended with caramel, Novocain and ethanol. Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Lightly bitter, extremely astringent finish. Not a whole lot of subtlety here. Kudos to growler for splitting the bottle with me!
ChainGangGuy (4714) - Woodstock, 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 (2999) - 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 (5233) - 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 (6795) - 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 (5320) - 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.