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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2013
Bottle. Poured an amber color with an off white head. Aromas of floral hops, toast, caramel, and some pine. Tastes of caramel, floral, and citrus.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ktwse (2879) - SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2015
Pours hazy copper with low white head. Aroma of caramel, resin, citrus, toffee and vanilla. Taste is initial hop bitter followed by rich caramel sweetness before a lightly resinous lingering finish. Medium rich, smooth body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bavarian81 (111) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 16, 2015
smells of alcohol and caramel and maybe some butterscotch as well as some other aromas I can’t put my finger on. Color is deep amber. Medium to heavy bodied beer. You get some hops up front with a sweet finish. I feel like there are some indistinct spices and dark fruits in there as well. This is certainly an impressively complex beer and it deserves credit where its due, but it’s just not my personal favorite. Apparently I just don’t like "strong ales". I think I’ll stick to the 5-7 ABV range

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2637) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 7, 2015
From the 500 ml bottle dated 031315. Murky looking medium amber pour under a delicate, lingering tan head. The aroma is all at once sweet caramel malts, earthy hops, floral hops, and orange zest. No booze for over 9%. Bold taste of roasted barley malts and earthy, fruity hops but neither overpowers the other. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (786) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle at Lucky Owl. Pours clear lighter orange, khaki head. Nose is piney, lots of caramel malts. Sweeter and heavier bodied but a fair amount of tasty DPA characteristics. Distinctive heavier American strong crossover ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
LuckyDog (614) - - APR 23, 2015
Labeled as a double IPA. Somewhat sweet. Fairly hoppy. At the brewery in a sampler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10049) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2015
500mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks a lot, Dany), pours a beautiful opaque orange amber with a medium beige head. Nose is kind of confused, with bready malts and obscured hops. Flavour brings out dark fruits, resinous hops, and caramel malts. Not the most complex beer, surprisingly, but well-balanced and full-bodied. Overrated, but very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Underdogs88 (261) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2015
Piney, citrus hop aroma with notes of caramel and high alcohol notes. Appearance is a hazy copper with an off white head with good lacing and retention. Flavor has bright notes of pine and citrus with a clean bitterness and a complex malt flavor of toasted bread, biscuit and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Overall, it's a good hybrid between an American barleywine and a malty double IPA. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1002) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - APR 3, 2015
Dark amber with an inch of condensed-milk-colored, medium-coarse head that is medium-slow to fade. Aroma is citrus: orange and grapefruit, some mango, pineapple, and guava. Some floral notes undergird. Body is medium-medium-light, starchy, somewhat oily, medium-light, soft carbonation with light burn. Flavor is guava, some orange/grapefruit (on the sweeter side), floral notes, green grass bitterness and mild green herb. Super smooth and actually light on the bitterness for an IPA (hence the strong-ale categorization) but surprisingly light on malt sweetness. I would call this an excellent imperial amber!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
halfonit (1243) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Pours a deep, dark amber color. Murky. Aroma is definitely on the drier hop side. Hops, pine, grass, leaves all come to mind. Heavy palate. Flavors are of bitter sweet hops, orange, and some earthiness. Leaves a bittersweet dry hopped finish. Very good stuff!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1126) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Purchased from New England Wines & Spirits. $7.04 (I think) for the 500 mL bottle. I may need to reexamine the receipt. Somewhere around there...
To oversized snifter, it pours a partially clouded skin-tinted burnt umber/dark mahogany with which a sudsy vanilla creme head 1 finger in length stood. Head retention was lovely.
Aromas of Carapils, Belgian yeast, bubblegum, maize seeds, wheat flour, coconut, and the tiniest hint of mint sage.

Tastes the same with the addition of autumnal leaves, Pacific Northwest hops, cotton, baby spinach,young oak, and sweat. Caramelized onion, sea salt, and cloves experienced by swallow.

This is one of the brews you can’t hate. This isn’t really my thing, but I still find the complexities inherent in this offering, to be fascinatingly baffling.
Yes, there are herbal notes, but they’re not what I would consider screamingly distracting, and it also has a huge array of flavors to dive into, so I can’t hate on it. Well, sure I could (everyone can), but I don’t anything more to add than what is already expected of me.

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