cthulu81 (29) - Woodbridge, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a bunch of old-school stoners the Lagunitas brew crew are. First they commemorate the event of their license getting suspended for twenty days and then they let their website lapse. Don’t believe me? Right now anyone can buy the rights to the site if they so desire. Dudes of Lagunits, you make kick-ass beer, but put down the bud and keep up with the paperwork. That being said, this is a tasty, tasty beer. What to call it though...perhaps an imperial ESB? We got hops here. Lots of hops. Resin meets the nose and exchanges phone numbers. Peach notes roam beneath the pine. It tastes like Fullers ESB mixed with bong water, and that is a very good thing. A plentiful smack of westcoast hops massages the tongue while patches of peach and orange marmalade take potshots at the taste buds. Mmmmm. Good beer, great bottle art and completely useless story printed on the side of it. Lagunitas all the way.
ericwill99 (29) - Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich, ruby colored, tasty. I love the balance of malt and hops. I will drink more.
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jsled (28) - South Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
P: 3/5. Beautifully clear amber. Minimal white head, seems good residual
carbonation, but little support.
A: 2/5. Sweet, sugary, malty. Some alcohol tones in the late.
F: 6/10. very sweet, very bready, malty. some astringency, very minor bitterness.
M: 3/5. not too thick or strong.
O: 7/10. reasonable, mostly-balanced flavors, but it’s a bit too sweet.
Boris4Life (26) - SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lingonberries!!! Cranberries!!! The aroma reminds me of the forest. Dark red ruby colour , foam disappears quick though and then the alcohol shines through.
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jclzony (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a beige head. The aroma contains a moderate amount of nice floral hops. The first sip is a little sweet, however it contains a solid caramel malt backbone that quickly turns to hops and finishes with a good strong hop flavor. Grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops carry through to the finish. The pine and grapefruit flavor lingers in the aftertaste for quite awhile. The 9.28% abv is well disguised beneath the hops. This beer exhibits a Medium body with moderate carbonation and could pack a wallop if too many are consumed.
Dwalsh1542 (24) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Solid beer. Hippy on the nose and palate. My only complaint is that I’d like to be able to have more than one... but at 9.9% abv I’m shut down after one!
b33f (23) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip. Color is a deep translucent amber. Two fingers of frothy off-white head, which leaves behind some decent lacing. The aroma is malty with a little bit of citrus hops. The taste is rich and malty, followed by a bitter hop aftertaste. Medium body with a thick and slick texture. This is great beer, especially for the price.
RoNo (21) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Clear Coppar colored with large head that is offwhite. Aromas of citrus, caramel and hops. Pleasant bitter taste with a clear tone of alcohol, taste of hops and grass at the end. Pleasant and long aftertaste.
jlhooker (21) - Dublin, Ireland, IRELAND - AUG 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Qbrick Osaka. Amber with good head. Malty fruity aroma. Lovely balanced hop and malt on palate. Very smooth finish. A lovely sipper!
keokani (20) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 26, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: caramel, butterscotch.
Appearance: copper, clear, with frothy, sandy white head.
Taste: heavy sweetness, medium bitterness.
Palate: medium body, somewhat sticky texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish.
Overall: The style of this beer is a combination of old ale and English barleywine. The flatness of the carbonation makes it a sweet and sticky beer, but with a noticeably bitter finish. So, your palate and stomach have to be in the mood for the simultaneous taste extremes, which do a very good job of masking the 9.75% alcohol content. Stylistically, this is the kind of beer that I can only handle for one or two rounds at the most, before the concentrated flavor profile gets to be too much.