Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a dark brune body with an off white head. Sweet vinous hop resins, light vine and grassy tones. A mild roasted hoppiness somewhat reminiscent of a black ipa, quite nice. Spicy and green hop tones lead to a nice bitterness accented by minerals and a mild sweetness that almost has a mint like tone in contrast to the spicy hoppiness. Very nice.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared at a brew day. Pours a dark red with yellowish head. Nose is crystal malt, spicy hops and light fruity notes. Not really boozy in the nose. Dust and a bit of carboard. On tasting, the hops are a bit more pronounced, the bitterness living up towards the crystal malt. Still, just not very focused. Okay.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 19, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured hazy amber brown, diacetyl, alcohol, citrus hops, caramel malts, little nutty.
bierwolf (4) - glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew pours a thick brownish head that forms a nice lace-work as the glass empties. When held up to the light this beer is a clear, very deep ruby-red color (looks like a schwartzbier when not held up to the light). The aroma is of very fresh hops; I would guess that this brew is generously dry-hopped. As the beer warms in the glass, some caramel malt is noticeable under the hop aroma. Fresh, powerful, quality hops are what dominate the taste as well, beneath the hops are flavors of dark malt, toasted malt, and most subtly, caramel malt with a medium-high level of hop bitterness. If I didn’t know this was an ale I would guess that it was a lager, the taste has that clean, well roundedness that good lagers do. This beer has a very lively taste due to its not being pasteurized (no odd cooked flavors), unfortunately not all of Lakefront’s beers fare this well. This brew is full bodied with a mouthfeel that is creamy and velvety which is supported by lively, tiny-bubbled carbonation. The finish is long and complex with strong hops giving way to dark malt, hop bitterness, then the caramel malts stay with you. The warming sensation of the alcohol is pleasant. I would recommend this beer to those who like the strong flavors and aromas of classic hops with dark malt underneath (this combination is somewhat rare). This is definitely a BIG beer, and due to its hoppy nature, it is also a great belcher (wine drinkers eat your hearts out)! The only reason that I didn’t give this one an even higher score is because I think that the hops are too dominant in the flavor, and as a result the flavor of the malt gets buried. Six months of aging, however, may bring things into balance!
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber coloured body with copper highlights and a thinnish tan head. Aroma of strong hops, alcohol, citrus, caramel and a touch of nuttiness. Full-bodied; Very chewy flavours with alcohol, hops and sweetness coming through most. Aftertaste is very strong, with a lot of alcohol warmth around, a touch of caramel sweetness and some hops too. Overall, a decent Imperial IPA, perhaps a bit too strong for me though, and nothing special. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased earlier in the day from Mondo Vino in Denver, Colorado on 12-February-2010, sampled in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Do I have to say I got it from bu11zeye, ’cuz I didn’t! I think I got it in a trade, but maybe this was a find at Whole Foods. Who knows! What I do know is this is a yummy brew. Copper with a bit of cloudiness and a strong off white head. Nice light maltiness and fruitiness. Lil hop punch, and a bit of alcohol. All around yummy brew. One of those where the total sum is greater than the parts.
cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Back in the day I might have been totally into this, but this really does have an emphasis on a kind of hop pungency that you have to really be in the mood for. This actually might compare closely to Rogue’s American Amber ale - in other words, a strong amber. (Turns out that I rate this exactly as I rated that one, down to each sub-score. Read the user descriptions for that one and compare to the descriptions here.)
thirdeye11 (5688) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
( 22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) Pours clear orange-red with oily bubbles. Nose of honey, chlorine. Taste of citrus bitter hops, toasty grains with an oily bitter, toasty finish.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Reddish amber, slight haze, large frothy off-white head, clingy lacing. Soft malty nose, slightly citrusy with some caramel notes. Hoppy, but not all that strong. Starts off like it might be a Barley Wine, but it lightens up on the backside rather quickly. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Lingering candyish caramel malts, soft citrusy hop presense. Straight forward, decent malt base with a good bit of sweetness without being bitter. Its like a light Barley Wine. Good, like a sessionable Barley Wine. Happy to have tried this one.   Thanks Bob!
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours a nice looking amber with beige head. Aroma of sweet malt and pine. Flavor is malty, pine, nice bitterness, pretty simple. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, pretty tasty stuff....simple but very tasty!