CampesinoTino (612) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Appearance is a deep amber color with a cap of beige foam. The aroma blends caramel malt, citrus rind, tropical fruit and pine. The taste starts out with a good deal of grapefruit, orange peel and resiny hops bitterness followed by some dark fruit and caramel notes from the malt. The body is mildly creamy with moderate carbonation while the finish brings a final dose of piney bitterness and citrus. Overall, a nice change of pace from most winter seasonals.
radagast83 (3110) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got a 22oz bottle of this one. Poured a slightly hazy golden orange color with a slightly off-white head. Aroma was some light citrus notes, but this one was dominated by malts - not sure if it is an older bottle, but I was under the impression that it was this yearís brew. Pretty decent regardless of whatever might have been missing in the hop department.
manuchampions (1217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy golden brown with thin cap of tan head. Aroma is citrus hops, strong caramel malt back, some maple syrup there too. Taste is full citrus and pine hops with an ample malt support. Hops linger nicely. Finish is quick but pleasing. Decent.
after4ever (5292) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at sb. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a dense and creamy tan head and lots of sheeting lace. Nice fresh pineapple, orange, and pine nose. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Caramel, toast, pineapple, pine, and oranges on the mid palate. Long crisp finish.
mcberko (4056) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on tap at The Taphouse, pours a hazy golden orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruity hops, maple syrup, and lots of caramel malts. Flavour is quite balanced, almost over-balanced with syrupy caramel malts which more than counteract the strong hop notes to the point of subordinating them. Duration is quite short, with a dry, syrup finish. Not too impressive here.
Livid (49) - - JAN 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber. Deep copper, off white head that tries to hang around. Malty, heavy floral hop aroma with lots of pine, hints of citrus. Heavy combo of malt and pine flavor up front with hints of citrus rind, and a pleasant linqering bitterness. Medium body, clean mouthfeel. This is a beefy imperial IPA well suited for a chilly winter night.
BelgianBeerGal (2605) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle. Pours a clear, copper-brown color with a small tan head. Just a hint of lacing. Fairly light aroma of hops, pineapple and caramel. Wow, big flavor considering the aroma. Full on citrus and pine hop bitterness but a strong malt backbone to keep it even. Pretty tasty.
cmonster (897) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber served in a tulip. 2009 bottling aged a year. Pours clear, dark amber-brown with a short beige head. Minimal retention and good lacing. Nose is sweet and Barley Wine-esque. Big malty, salt, and corn syrup. Big, sweet flavor backed by medium bitter hops and light salt. Medium-full body that bitters quickly. Excellent heavy winter Double IPA / Barley Wine hybrid.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
26-Apr-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $5.80 at www.liquidsolutions.net) This hazy, dark-amber beer pours a thick, dense head that is light-tan in color and recedes at a normal pace to a wide ring. The highly aromatic nose of fresh pine, caramely malt, orange zest, earth, and light chocolate is complex, enjoyable and very enticing. The flavor is big and bold, offering a balanced melange of caramely and chocolaty malt, modest roastiness, very piney yet not sharply resiny hops, earth, wood, and orange citrus. Despite the same 100 IBU claim as their C-Note, this beer seems much more hoppy, but itís also a lot more malty, so the beer remains beautifully balanced. The beer is strongly bitter into the long finish and has a very dry mouthfeel, while carbonation is moderate and the weight is medium-full.
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice nose of caramel malt and floral, resiny and citrus hops. Amber-red color with good clarity and a nice, tan, long-standing frothy head. Medium sweetness of caramel and a nice medium+ bitterness of resin and grapefruit. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty hoppy attack with sweetness weaving back in but giving way to a crisp and somewhat dry bitter finish. Cricky texture. Missed this one altogether last year but Iíve been patiently waiting for this release. Not the only Lompoc holiday beer sold in bottles anymore...check out Bourbon Barrel Aged Eight Malty Nights!