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 (235) - 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 (973) - 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 (3860) - 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.
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled this twice both times there was cheese pizza and let me say they are a perfect match. Hints of roasted malts, crystal, good american hops. Pours copper/amber. Good flavor, the alcohol is hidden, tastes like a really really good ESB, great crystal malt flavor with slight hints of roasted barley, giving a slight nutty taste, a good dose of hops to balance out that 9.9%. Great beer.
DenverLogan (1009) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber brew with an amber head that reduces fairly quickly. Aroma of rich, sweet roasted malts and hops. Flavor is rich, tasty, dark caramel, molassas, honey, significantly bitter and plentiful hops. Similar to the profile of a hoppy barleywine, but not quite as in your face. All in all a tasty treat.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with small head and some brussels lace. The aroma is hoppy, some malt, sugars and a touch of smoke? Flavor is bitter with a hint of sweetness in the background. This beer definitely grew in character and flavor as it warmed.