donbusa (13) - Jefferson, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a deep amber/brown with a full. lasting head. Hop aroma upfront with the first taste being a full, sweet and balanced hop that is not too bitter. A full-bodied beer that goes down easy with a great aftertaste. Simply one of the best beers I’ve ever had - any style.
mjw1200 (13) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
All around this beer was very surprising and well done. Loved the consistency of this beer. Some chocolate caramel and fruit up front and then the chocolate and almost a roast taste linger. Love the after taste. Went down way too easy. Shared this with a buddy of mine and we were both very impressed.
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
500 mL Bottle. I say this and thought WTF and the lol’d. this is either going to be great or terrible. It is more than freat it’s fantastic. one of the most delicious i have had in fact. i HIGHLY highly recommend this one.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
One finger head, mostly diminishing, soft carbonation, amber, wow hop aroma, sweet caramel flavor, medium body.
badpuppy69 (320) - orange, California, USA - MAY 28, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Pours a clear dark Brown with a off white pillowy head. Aroma is Sweet roasted malts with some citrucy hops mild chocolate and nut notes + Carmel and some floral piney notes. Taste follows the nose well with some black licorice notes. Has a very smooth medium mouth feel. Tan whip cream Lacing all the way down the glass. If your into a malty beer with some west coast hop character you will love this. F*ck! This is a awesome beer!!! Doesnt get any better Than this! Wow!! I would call this a desert beer.
brison (44) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty and delicious. Sweet but not overly. not too boozy for the alcohol it contains. Overall a favorite.
Die_Kapusta (191) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ruby red to amber pour and an off-white head. Aroma is cane sugar, malt, snus (Swedish snuff) and hops. Taste has a distinct malt character with a lot of hops, for balance. It´s quite complex, yet drinkable with dark sirup, wood, and hoppy flavours. Not too sweet, and a bit dry. Perfectly balanced and very delicious! Lagunitas WTF (what the fuck) is an almost perfect beer. Very impressed by laginitas so far.
NickV (5) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 12, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A spectacular fusion of red and black ales. This beer has the depth of flavor found in black ales with the crisp florality of a red. This bomber will blow you away; don't drive immediately after consuming.
---This rating is likely a compilation of my and my roommates' musings over our latest beer pick up. We are all self-proclaimed beer connoisseurs. All ratings and comments are decided through deliberation, discussion, and (frequently) bloodshed. Let this not be in vain.
johnnysmoke (104) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. clear deep rusty red under a medium sized, frothy, off-white head. aroma of pine, caramel, lemon, orange. a nice burnt caramel flavor to this one. a hint of roast. toasted malts. plenty of hops in here lend to a piney, citrus flavor.
flemmingwillum (1164) - Nysted, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Rating #401, bottle from Lagersalget @ GJK
Dark brown, high dense head. Starts out great.
When I popped the cap, a radius of 1½ meter was filled with the delicate hops from the fantastic brew.
The mentioned aroma consists of a real market-stall including berries, banana, herbs and spices as basil and thyme, oranges and mandarines. Flavors was not worse; shocking and hypnotizing the tongue with berries, banana, flower-garden, mandarines, and towards the finish more roasted notes, chocolate and a solid bitterness. Aftertaste is flower, bitterness and careful spicyness. Creamy, soft, well-carbonated mouthfeel - just perfect feel, really.
This really is amazing, the only thing is, it could use a bit more sweetness, as an example a bit more banana or coconut-notes - then it would be just perfect. A MUST try.
06.10.12 - Just a comment as I now see this is categorized as a brown ale. When I rated this beer in 2010 it was categorized as an american strong ale, and I must disagree with categorizing it as a brown ale. If you really have to choose another style than the dim american strong ale description, I would rather say it is an IIPA or something like that - NOT a brown ale.