hombrepalo (1704) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bonus on a trde from AllDayDrinker. Really dark brown, small bubbly brownish head, great lace. Really strong aroma of molasses, soy sauce, burnt brown sugar. Very nice. Medium carbonated mouthfeel. Taste of more burnt brown sugar, dark dry baker’s chocolate, and molasses. Really nice roasty aftertaste that lingers. Overall a solid beer.
Boutip (4281) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy amber color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of grassy bitter hops with deep malt backbone. Taste is a balanced mix between some grassy hops with some clear bitter notes and a huge malt backbone that is quite dry. Body is full with minimal filtration and good carbonation with no signs of the alcohol. Very well done and definitely better then expected.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks beerbill! - Pours a hazy amber with a small white head...aroma is sweet and citrusy, hop floral...flavour is pleasantly bitter, dry toffee and a bit of resin...wonderfully dry with a lingering piney bitterness...really enjoyed this one!
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12-oz. Thanks, Hopscotch! Pours a deeply murky dark brown. Loose, filmy grayish foam atop. Light stringy lacing. Caramel and loads of butter on the nose. The butter’s definitely gonna be an issue, you can tell right away. Almost sweaty-buttery. Creamy medium body with well-placed carb. Shaping up to be a nice sweet malty bitter ASA, somewhere between Arrogant Bastard and the less-attenuated Lagunitas stuff. But on top of the roast and toast and nuts and piney resin, there’s this swirling butter monster that kinda gets in everywhere. Would score .4 to .5 higher if it weren’t for the diacetyl.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of beerbill. My first from Rhode Island – thanks Bill! Pours clear dark amber with a one finger tan head that leaves delicate lacing. The nose is caramel malt and sweet citrus. The taste is malt, brown sugar, ripe citrus and faint resin in the finish. Medium mouthfeel – decent beer. Thanks again Bill!
WeeHeavySD (3356) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bonus from somebody. Pours dark amberish orane with a tan head. Nose is sweet and light. Taste is citrussy with a zesty punch. Overall pretty good.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured ruby amber with a nice fluffy head. Aroma a dark fruit, caramel and that Nugget aroma. Taste is sweet with full body hop finish. Reminds me of a balanced DIPA but with a little more nutty and sweet taste.
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color with a small foamy off white head. Nose is sweet, fruits, caramel and earthy hops. Initial taste displays lots caramel and red berry. Mid palate displays more resiny hop characteristics and toffee. Finishing slightly nutty with continuing caramel and resin bitter. Alcohol is very nicely masked and extremely drinkable for a 9% brew. Good head retention and palate duration. Overall enjoyable!
sar50 (12) - , Rhode Island, USA - JAN 7, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a pint glass,leaving a 1 finger head that disappeared slowly, leaving a fine lace.
Drak orange/Amber color with a slight haze.
Smells of caramel, toffee, citrus and pine.
Taste is malty with cramel being the strongest note, though some biscuit/bready flavor comes through as well. Hop flavor is citrusy with both grapefruit and orange; Finishes with hintys of pine that linger on the tongue.
Crabonation is medium and matches well, helping to bring out the sweet malt and hop bouquet.
Alcohol definately comes through in the end, but for a 9% ABV it is too be expected and is not overwhelming.
I tried this after really liking the newest Cyclone James. I am just as impressed with Isabel.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 once bottle courtesy of beerbill. Thanks! Pours a deep red color with a medium head, poor head retention and lacing. The aroma is nuts, chocolate, caramel and some faint fruity notes. Taste is nutty with some fruity notes, hops, caramel and tea. Medium bodied and quite interesting.