ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2007 Fresh bottle from Olivier, drunk on 5/28/07
Deep, reddish-amber body is unfiltered/unpasteurized and produces a very dense, very resilient dark beige head that in turn produces plentiful lacing.
Sweet candied oranges in the nose are prominent and joined by fruity esters and hop fruitiness, producing such notes as peach, strawberry, cherry and red grapefruit. Some sticky caramel and nougat intensifies things and towards the finish, it gets leafy, lightly resinous and considerably dry. A bit of earthiness and bits of bready malt are intersparsed, but it remains quite sweet and sticky up front with mostly hops on the back. A touch of alcohol warmth, perhaps, is noted with warming.
Extremely intense would be a good word for the flavor. Sticky, rich malt opens things up, with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and nougat, quickly adding on powerful grapefruit/lemon/orange notes and gaining some other fruit notes before a barage of bitterness is encountered towards the end. I wouldnt call it balanced, though the malt is certainly not lacking. It’s just a bit too much dry, biting bitterness for my liking and I’m never a big fan of beers that move from one extreme to the other quickly (starts out extremely sweet and malty and then goes to dry and extremely bitter). But the hop flavors are enjoyable, if somewhat unoriginal. Texture is sticky and resinous, while the carbonation is appropriate and quite tight. Definitely some alcohol warming, but no fusels, nor any flaws.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, via trade with Boutip. Pours a nice dark amber color. No real aroma. Flavor is spicy hops, but I can’t quite put my finger on it - these are different hops. A double IPA for sure, but very different. Tastes like an American Barleywine, actually. Really not as hoppy as you would be led to believe. A nice balanced beer that neither excites or disappoints.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Enjoyit via trade. Thanks Svend! Pour was a rich, copper and brown with plenty of red highlights. Slightly cloudy. The head was more than two-fingers tall and quite creamy in appearance. Minimal lacing. The aroma was fairly restrained, but pleasing. Plenty of caramel and malt kept the hops from blasting through with the expected citrus and piney blast. With a little coaxing the aromas came out and were nice, just not that aggressive. The flavor was caramel and roasted malt like a dopplebock up front with a nice sharp, hoppy finish that let you know this was an indeed and IPA. Medium bodied. Nice.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a redish orange with white creamy head. Aroma of hops, hops, and hops. Taste was much of the same. Very good and refreshing.
caesar (5218) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Plan B, shared with Hildigoltur. Hazy brown color, medium off-white head. Aroma of heavy hop, some chocolat, caramel malt, some grapefruit. Bitter taste, bit sweet, dry hops. Not too bitter and hopped as other imperial IPA’s, but more in balance.
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Reddish brown coloured with a firm off-white head. Rasther complex aroma with plenty of hops and roasty, malty caramel notes underneath. Soft bready sweetish flavour with notes of liquorice. Quite bitter and dry hoppy finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. Well balanced and very pleasant.
stouby (3769) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at No5.
Dark orange with a beige head, unclear, fine lacings. Aroma heavy malty (caramel. roasted), moderate hoppy. Flavor heavy sweet, moderate bitter. Medium body, soft carbonated. The alcohol is felt.
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[274-20070413] Bottle (c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, jerc, mds, tupalev). Sweet pine resin aroma has notes of pineapple, citrus orange and boooooze. Hazy, dark brown red bubbly creamy off-white head. Overall bitterness in flavour overpowers wood notes. Medium-full body is super dry. Seems overly bitter.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very dark brown with ruby highlights when held to a light. Large persistent creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet and malty. there are some hoppy notes mixed in with some aged character of the malt and even some chocolate notes. Light alcohol backs it up. The flavor has notes of pine, chocolate, wood, caramel, vinous, and alcohol. Its pretty big. Medium to full bodied with the finish drying out a little bit and leaving a moderate bitterness. Nice warmth. The hops come out in the aroma more as the beer warmed.
tarjei (1954) - Bryne, NORWAY - APR 23, 2007
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2007 Bottle. Dark brown color with small, creamy beige head. Lots of hoppy bitterness, sweet,bitter, sweet, bittersweet - just lovely. This one is not for the pilsener generation.