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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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Some may call this a malty double IPA, some a hoppy barley wine. We prefer that it not be classified. We think of it, simply, as our strong winter ale. Intense hop aromatics and flavor (think pine, candied orange) blended with just enough malt sweetness to balance out the palate. Vitals: Color – Mahogany ABV – 9.1% O.G. – 1.080 Malt – American 2-Row, Marris Otter, Victory, Carapils, Caramel 80, Midnight Wheat Hops –Centennial, Simcoe, Cascade, Falconer’s Flight


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2188) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2014
From a bottle. Pours cloudy orange copper with a bubbly white head. Tastes like grapefruit, hops, bitter raisins, alcohol, dried fruit, and tobacco. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like alcohol, tropical fruit, raisins, and hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3592) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle. Pours murky amber with creamy off-white head. Aroma is apples, floral and spicy hops, bready and cereal malts, and a touch of booze. Flavor is dry malts, medium hop bitterness, light caramel sweetness, and some apple esters; dry finish with some bitterness lingering. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2340) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle from Damon’s in Augusta Dated Jan so this might not be quite the hop monster it once was. Pours a slightly murky golden amber color with a frothy off white head that persists forever sticking lots of lace on the sides. Aromas of earth pine brown sugar and caramel. The flavor is bit sweet with hints of caramel and raw brown sugar with a solid hit of earthy pine and resin. Toffee and light fruit with a bit of alcohol flavor round us out. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sticky creamy resinous mouthfeel. I drank this at the wrong time I think. Either super fresh when the hops still popped or with more age to bring forward more fruit and subdued hops. I’m interested enough in seeing how this develops that I may pick up a bottle on my way out of town to cellar for a bit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
annunz123 (864) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Caramel malt, pine, lots of citrus, and a little alcohol in the aroma. Flavor is bitter with citrus, pine, and strawberry. Finish is sweet with some drying alcohol. Another great beer from a great brewery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (2948) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 13, 2014
bottle. amber with one finger head. moderately malty base with hops that punch through. pretty good, but not as amazing as some other brews from maine beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
trapped (825) - New York City, TURKEY - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle. Orange-yellow with spongy beige head, floral hops aroma, low carbonation, hoppy taste with lavender-like flavor, strong body, medium finish with well balanced hops aftertaste. Very well balanced hoppy taste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Berard (309) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle. Citrus and caramel aroma with a thin creme colored head that dissipates. Pours murky deep orange brown with little carbonation. Solid hop punch but with little complexity and a bit boozy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4423) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
This one poured darker amber color with a white head. Aroma was of fruity hops, caramel, and mild yeasty character. Flavor was similar, a bit sweet, very clean like all of their stuff. Definitely on the verge of a hoppy barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maekchu (2200) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle. Clear, sharp hoppy nose, with harsh fruit and a little chlorine. Dark golden straw color. Sweet caramel, spicy hops,and finish edges on date puree. Medium body with good mouthfeel. Intense, but it does balance out eventually.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6565) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle from BOTW. Nose of pine, caramel, grass, oranges. Great fruit flavors, tangy hops, caramel. Sweet but crisp. Complex fruits and big hop flavors. Very nice indeed. Perfectly balanced and integrated.


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