CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled after sitting in the fridge for 6 months: Pours a clear copper orange with a large, frothy, clumpy-lacing cream-colored head. Aroma boasts a good dose of grapefruity west-coast hops and some sweet caramel malt. Starts with a fairly full malty sweetness and good fresh piny resiny bittering hops for balance. Finishes clean and bittersweet.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Citrus hops, caramel malts, icing sugar, oranges and pine greet the nose. Clear, burnished copper coloured body topped by a low, off white/tan head that recedes to a lasting cover. Huge, thick, caramel maltiness is overly sweet despite strong citrus, pine hops and moderate bitterness. Some floral notes in the aftertaste. Yeast feels quite present. Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Going Away Party.
eaglefan538 (2888) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a usual amber-red ale color nice white head, great lacing for the style. Retention decent. The aroma is resinous pine and rich caramel. The flavor is sweet caramel malts, bready and earthy notes, spicey pine hops, finishing with some citrus notes. Orange citrus notes increase with more temperature. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, smooth as anything. Couldn’t believe this thing had 9.9% ABV, a fantastic beer within the style of imperial reds / asa’s.
jsquire (3443) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber color out of the bottle with a big rocky off-white head. This is a hop dominated beer with a big hoppy nose with tons of pine and resin. Strong dark bread backbone supporting pit fruit, grapefruit rind, apple sauce, pineapple juice and pine. Nothing subtle about this beer. Hot on the tongue. Good hop head beer.
sloth (2472) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tan head, fair retention, settles to a thin cloud cover and some sparse coating lace. Hazy light brown color with a green tint. Nose of citrus, lightly vinous and grassy. Body is medium, resiny, hmmmm? Nicely c-hopped with a balanced caramel maltiness, sweet malts, a touch earthy, fruity and very flavorful. Finish is lightly sweet with a balanced bite to boot. Props to SDbruboy and footbalm for bombers of this brew.
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown-copper with a small white head. Citrusy grapefruit aroma, sweet resin, creamy bread malt and some lemon. Sugary malt flavour and the hops are certainly in full force as well as a whack of alcohol. Caramel flavour is also apparent. Overall quite big and drinkable but best kept to small doses.
jazz88 (2553) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2007 Rating #1 Bottle (6 3 5 2 12). A brown-orange color with a foamy off-white head. A toasted malty sweet bread flavor. Wood, medicinal, and pine flavors that challenge but don’t quite create enough joy. Rating #2 Bottle (6 3 7 3 16). A light malt and spice aroma that was very understated (almost like tea). The flavor comes through well despite the missing aroma. A slightly sweet malty and caramel base with with a little bite. A smooth finish with a pleasant malty aftertaste.
Pailhead (4783) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Dave at Sew Sporty in CA. The aroma has lots of caramel, brown sugar, citrusy hops, and light orange. Pours a bright transparent orange with a small off-white head. Decent lacing. Flavor starts with lots of caramel with some hints of banana bread in the middle. Finish is a strong combination of oranges, tropical fruits, and citrus hops. Alcohol is just strong enough to let you know it’s there. Very similar to a Barley Wine with a strong fruit presence in the finish. The fruitiness diminishes as it warms and it resembles an American Barley Wine even moreso. Very tastey.
Sammy (8581) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A significant white head on yellow body. Pine resin significant aroma with malt. Very bitter and dry Irish style IPA, big everything with harsh malting. It was drinkable and a hop fix, but not excellent. Alcohol creeps up as it warms. OK for this style.
MrManning (2006) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sometimes you feel like shutting er’ down. This is how I felt last week, which is why I wanted to try this bastard so badly. Pours deep brown/gold rum colour, with a thin creamy froth. Citrus and pine are the big winners for aroma here. The pine is really assertive, and I like it. Someone give me a pine tree to drink, shit yeah. Lots of bready malt in the aroma as well, cookie dough with a touch of ammonia. Tastes west coast baby! Lots of hopping and muscular malts (a la arrogant bastard) very citric, brown sugar, a touch of spices and wood. Pretty assertive, but not horsey like others had mentioned. Thanks Mike, for shutting me down.