vyvvy (3949) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 21, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish bronze with a soapy tan head. The aroma has very toasted malt, lots of sweetness, biscuit doughiness and dark toffee. Medium / full body with a stickiness and semi-soft carbonation. The flavor starts with everything on the aroma along with some very earthy hops. The finish is astringent and oxidized. There is no date on the bottle, so this could have been due to age. If I get a known fresh bottle this will be re-rated.
Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very disappointed by this beer. First off, the appearance was unacceptable. Far too much particulate and much more brown than red coloring. Has a good creaminess and decent body. It most definitely doesnít taste like triple digit IBU (donít think you can get that much IBU with 8.6% alcohol anyways). Would like to see it filtered better and with different hop character.
ben4321 (3846) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Location: 12 oz Bottle from Normís, 8/17/09
Aroma: Hoppy for sure, some caramel malts, earthy, woody, citrus fruits
Appearance: Cloudy, dark amber-brownish color, about 1 finger of creamy tan head, lots of sheet lacing
Flavor: Nice hoppy bitterness with a nice malty sweetness too, but the hops are dominant for sure
Palate: Really smooth mouthfeel, oily, medium body
I tend to find that I like these hoppy reds more then most others do. This is another one that fits that category. Iím going to be a good bit over the average again, this one was really good. A really nice looking beer in the glass, and big hoppy character that I found quite enjoyable. Cool label too for the record. By the way, itís a little unusual that Iím the 30th rater of a beer from California.
thegreenrooster (3189) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark red with a small white head. Aroma is all things oliy hops. Reminds me of some Rouge beers. Flavor is some caramel and molasses with a bitter hops bite. The only knock against the beer is that none of the many flavors really stand out and dominate. Still there is lots to like about this one as its another over the top american stong ale with plenty going on in the bottle.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy almost murky deep woody amber with a thin head- somewhat lasting and some slight lace. Aroma is green grassy hops, light mint, some pine and citrus- menthol hints, orange soapiness, and sharp caramel malts. Flavor is piny hop resins, orange oil, more mint, earth and grass, toffee, molasses and sharp dark crystal malts. Finish is a bit resinous and tacky with hops and a slight almost astringency as it thins out a bit - sharp piny bitterness in the back of the throat.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Friar Tuck in Savoy, IL. Pours a very dark amber to brown with a light beige retentive head. Aroma if fruity, minty, and herbal like many Pacific NW brews. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Malt profile is caramel and diluted molasses countered by sharp grapefruit rind bitterness that carries through to the finish. Finish is very dry, peppery, and somewhat hot with some accents of dried herb. Not bad.
cheap (4002) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2009
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Smell is sweet, fruity and volatile. Pour is rather viscous for a beer. Brown haze with no sediment. nice thin head. Greasy oily soapy nasty hop bitter syrup on palate. .If this was a double IPA I would say it was on style. Finsih is rather rude. Barely any carbonation. A little buzzy near the end of the bottle. Nast nasty green grapefruit rind squeeezy lasting bitter finish, wew. If you are into IPA or IIPA, try this.
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass
Man, they imperialize everything these days... This is definitely an American version of a red, imperial aside. The hop bitterness takes too much of a leading role and you lose some of the malty and chocolatey backbone youíd hope for from a solid red. Interesting, though.
presario (4606) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma is harmless at first, mostly caramel malt. As it sits the hops rise up hinting at a tasty brew. some citrus. Stronger woody hop notes. Chewy looking dark red amber with lasting thin dark cream head. Delicious hops start to finish. Malt is strong with a solid body but play a nice supporting role for the hops. Solid is the best description. Complex interplay of hop flavours through the mouth experience and left behind in the aftertaste.
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - AUG 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Samples at The Raleigh Times, Raleigh, NC. Could pick up apples on the nose, sweetness, honey, hops. More of the same in the taste with a slight smokiness and a tart, dry finish.