ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2oz bottle as a sweet extra from foppa28. thanks, mat! pours a hazy copper with a fluffy, one-finger, white head and drippy lace. aroma is fantastic, (sweet, this must be fresh) with huge hop notes of sticky pine needles, dank grass, fresh grapefruit, and orange rind with awesome tropical notes of peach skin, pineapple, and sweet florals with hints of honey and caramel malts. flavor is great as well with a huge hit of sweet, tropical fruit notes including pineapple, peach, and tangerine followed by grapefruit, navel orange, huge pine resins, and bitter grass with hints of toffee and toasted malts adding a nice balance. palate is full bodied and creamy on the palate without being to sweet or the least bit cloying with a bruising, dry, bitter hop finish. overall, a great, over-the-top expression of hops.
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had with and courtesy of James. Pour is a deep orange with moderate slightly off white head. some nice lacing. Aroma is full of nice pine hops. Flavor is sooo nice and bitter. Nice hops, some of the best I have ever tasted in a brew.
Strykzone (5897) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A cinnamon colored beer with a tan head. Every Mikkeller seems to look similar (not a complaint). A very nice aroma of big hops and lighter caramel (again, another Mikkeller standard). Flavor has gobs of hops, big caramel malt, and a significant fruit background. The hops are mostly pine. Fruit is grapefruit, and citrus. There is also a bit of spice. This is a delightful beer. My only issue is that Mikkeller has done this beer so many times.
cgarvieuk (18514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2010 bottle at home ... from my GBBF 2010 haul ... copper ... tight bubbly off white head ... sweet resiny pine hop nose ... bitter front ... light dryness ... big pine hop ... little toffee malt .... quite resiny ... ok
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve been somewhat of a Mikkeller whore as of late, so getting a hold of this one was a real treat. South Florida doesn’t really get too many Mikkeller beers, so when I was able to get this in a trade I was pretty excited. As I poured it out of it’s 12oz bottle into my Delirium snifter glass I was able to get a big whiff of hops. I settled in for a closer inspection and got earthy, piny flavors and maybe even a little fruit towards the back end. The carbonation was pretty spot on, as was the head retention, which was a pretty off white. It had a great mouth feel, but I can’t see myself drinking more then 2 of these. The ABV is pretty close to 10% so I’d be somewhat cautious in putting down a few of these. The Ferm, from Dosbeerigos.com maybe right in saying that this could be better then 1000 IBU. Hopefully I can score a bottle of the BA 1000 IBU to compare some notes.
Butters (3990) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Richmond Gathering XII. Clear orange pour with sticky light tan head. Nose is semi sweet caramel and classic hop boquet. Flavor is not nearly as bitter as I had expected. Some balance, with a hint of smokeyness. Drying bitter finish. Surprisingly balanced.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of butters at the 12th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 09/18/2010. Big floral and citrus hop aroma with some caramel. Big citrus flavor with some caramel. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:Other) Citrusy resiny hop aroma over moderate caramel. Clear orange golden with small white head. Resiny hop flavor with moderate caramel and light fruitiness to back. Finish is medium sweet hoppy and very bitter.
NosirIwont (2184) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a big off-white/beige head. Good lacing. Sweet and fruity, citrus and pine hop aroma on a malty background. Sugary notes as it warms. Nice, but a tad cloying. Sweet and tart – almost juice-like – flavour, with notes of honey, fruit and pine hops. Finish is fruity and bitter with pine hops lingering. Overall quite nice; hides the high alcohol percentage well, but gets a bit cloying in both aroma and flavour. 18.09.10.
kromamc (192) - ITALY - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
double ipa niente male... colore ambrato un pò torbida con schiuma pannosa e persistente... naso resinoso, agrumato, floreale molto marcato ma non sgradevole... in bocca è molto rotonda e densa e la luppolatura fruttata è ben bilanciata con i malti caramellati... finale amaro ma non astringente..