ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose of vanilla, flowers, and typical hops spice. The brew pours cloudy woody brown with yeasty beasties. The average off-white head is creamy, mostly lasting and leaves no lace. The brew has a strong bitter presence just the way I like it, with a fruity middle. The full body is dry and soft.
acearl (385) - The Ham, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Auburn brown cloudy pour with creamy light tan head with good lacing, sweet heavy malt smell burnt and grainy, medium to full body, also some honey in there, soft carbonation, cremy texture average duration, leathery yeast defined woody flavor with some brown sugar in there too, balanced average duration, alcoholic not very bitter. Good to try but don’t strain yourself to find.
hopscotch (9105) - Indian River County, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (purchased at Bodega Blue)... Murky, burnt orange ale with a large, frothy, off-white head. Excellent retention. Lots of black tea and toffee in the aroma and flavor. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with medium carbonation. Lightly sweet, lightly roasted, malty, iced tea finish. An Über Amber ale, I think.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours opague brown with a one inch thick light tan head. Aroma of hops, caramel, and fruit. The flavor is sweet upfront, caramel, fruit, and finishes mildly bitter. Great brew.
Beerdedone (2609) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color with a small amber head. Aroma of caramel, malts, and a hint of oak. Flavor of malt, hops fruit and spices with a bitter hop finish. Overall a satisfying beer
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with an average size lasting foamy beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and resiny hops. Simple, good hoppy Ale flavour. Medium bodied. Nothing special but pretty good nonetheless.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Re-Rate: Lots of sediment. Big chunks, actually, with a lot of sludge on the cork and in the neck of the bottle. This is more along the lines of an Amber Ale than a Strong Ale. I guess it’s the 9% that warrants the description. Regardless, this beer wreaks of malts and caramel. A sweet banana flavor also in the aroma. Creamy with medium carbonation. Enjoyable, but not necessarily memorable and certainly overpriced. Give me Rogue Amber at half the price any day.
GregClow (2881) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & blankboy - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Deep amber with a small off-white head. Big, sweet aroma - lots of caramel, some resiny hops creeping in. Good mouthfeel, and great flavour - caramel, brown sugar, tart fruit, citric hops. If it weren’t for the 9%, I could actually imagine this being a great session beer.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and GregClow, my bottle - thanks to my SecretSanta 2006. Poured murky deep reddish-orange, huge lasting creamy/foamy beige head. Somewhat sweet grain and cereal aroma, almost wheaty, definite alcohol presence and soft hops - like a mild barleywine. Initially mild aroma, grain, juicy, then quite a bit of bitterness from alcohol and hops - good, but a little aggressive. Average body, astringent and quite alcoholic, medium linger, almost burnt bitter aftertaste on my tongue - pretty good though!!
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a lightly hazy deep copper, with half an inch or so of cream colored foam. Good head retention, excellant lacing. Caramel malt, green hop, and some alcohol in the nose.
Flavor is similar to the aroma, though considerably stronger. IT starts out with the caramel malt and then blends into a light pine and citrus hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste from the first sip. Almost full body, quite smooth. Pleasant soft carbonation - make that very soft