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 (2000) - 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 (8628) - 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!
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber with a modest white head. Mix of grapefruit, pine, caramel, pekoe, and sawdust in the aroma. Robust and smooth in the mouth. Good flavor. Caramel sweetness tempered with some citrus bitterness.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to skyview for sharing. Nice copper colored body with faint foamy off-white head. Light almost citrus hop nose. Sweet malt body with a bitter hop finish.
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JUL 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours clear copper with small head that diminishes. aroma is very fruity with a good amount of grapefruit and a good amount of crystal malt sweetness. taste is very hoppy with some tropical fruit and grapefruit. this beer has a lot of crystal sweetness and pretty bitter finish.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Dan Journal #61. Tasted Nov 2006. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a deep amber hue. Spicy nose. Almost a minty peppery aroma. Citrus notes. Rich roasty malts with great flavors. Dry and bitter. Cloyingly sweet finish. Bueno!
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear burnt-orange color with a medium+ head. Fair lacing. Aroma of pine and caramel biscuits. Taste seems to brings out the malts a little more (than the aroma). Sweet caramel biscuit all the way. A bit warm. Nice.