nearbeer (4671) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2009 0.5 L. Two-finger head that lasts atop this nearly opaque, nearly chocolate brew. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, earthy orange. Flavor is the same plus lots more: resin, coffee, toasted oak, char, peppery green herb, slight peaty smoke. Heavy body is smooth, dryish and tingly. Tastes similar to Bigfoot. BW, or DIPA? Who cares? This is damn good! Update: have bought several of these half liters. Expensive, but better and better; one of my all time favorites!
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike)
Size: 16.9 fl oz
Estimated Calories:270 C
RateBeer Rating: 98
Aural: quick, painless opening, active, static carbonation, pour is smooth and quiet.
Aroma 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and sharp
Malt Flavor: grain sweet toast nut caramel
Hops Flavor: pine earth floral herbal resin citrus
Other: pine, grapefruit, wheat
Notes: Aroma is delicious and enticing.
Appearance 5 out of 5
Clarity: quite dark, nearly opaque.
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: A beautiful angry red brown body topped by a great deep tan head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and quite bitter
Malt Flavor: grain bread sweet toast nut caramel toffee roast
Hops Flavor: earth herbal resin citrus
Other: pine, grapefruit,
Notes: The flavor is absolutely amazing.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy drying warming
Notes: whole mouth is affected - sweet, salty, a bit sour, very bitter, and amazingly, in this case, umami.
General Impression: 20 out of 20
Craftmanship: boring ↔ excellent
Freshness: stale ↔ fresh
Personal Taste: disliked ↔ loved
Notes: The scent was of an active factory making furniture, sawdust and sweat, and smoke. The visuals were of a deep midnight under a new moon. The taste was of oak and walnut planks being sawn and tasted in the smoky air of an overheated blade. The palate is of a visitor who won’t leave, whether you wish her there or not, but luckily, you enjoy her company. It was quiet in opening and pouring like an evening springtime rain.
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chindong (10) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This has become one of my favorite BW/IIPAs. I love the darkness of it and the great bitterness at the finish. Toffee and strong malts also come through.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a viscous opaque dark brown with a fantastic creamy beige froth on top that craters out. Sweet molasses, vinous, malty aroma with some definite alcohol and funk. Thats an interesting taste. So dark and bitter. A little bit plasticy like Davinci points out. Toffee and chocolate, slightly nutty/vinous. The molasses flavor does make it taste very much like an imperial brown. The hops play a similar role like that in a barley wine. Mine has definitely sat for a while and mellowed quite a bit, well balanced. Very dry finish, chocolate. Fantastic mouthful, medium/full with fine subtle carbonation and very fluffy. Very unique.
valpoaj (707) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours medium reddish brown with a robust, thick head that takes a long time to settle...heavy lacing as well. Aroma is very complex...citrus hops (orange), roasted/chocolate malt, some yeast, and a heavy dose of spice. Flavor is heavy malt up front with some dark fruit flavors, then turns very bitter and heavy on the hops. I can see why this could be classified as a barleywine and an IIPA...I really thought this to be a hybrid of the two...hoppy characteristics in the finish, but the body and complexity often found within a barleywine. Palate is confusing...part of this wants to be a slow drinker as it is pretty heavy, but the bitterness adds an odd component to things. I’ll be honest, this really didn’t do it for me...albeit unique, the mixture of styles just took me for a loop and made this a difficult drink. Very complex beer, but complexity does not always equal a good beer in my book
johans (36) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really not my favorite among DIPAs. Too malty and biscuity. It’s more like a BW, if you ask me! But by no means a bad brew..
bermod (119) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 27, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 [Bottle, 1 year old] Strong, malty aroma is a bit toffeish, earthy, citrus and pine. Strong flavor of malts, toffee, fruits, citrus, earth, grass and pine. Dry, bitter finish. Palate is very thick, very smooth and bitter.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a large, light brown, really thick and creamy head covering a pitch black body. Great retention and really perfect lacing. Aroma is of citrus hops, cinnamon, tangy and toasted toffee elements, and a richness or spiceyness that I can not place. Taste is sweet and very nicely balanced. Strong malty IIPA-Barely Wine hybrid, this beer is in a class of its own. Creamy smooth mouthfeel with light bubbles and a slight warming. On a side note, 61* seems a bit too warm for this beer, maybe 56-58 would be a bit more to my tastes. Great all arounder. It is maltier, sweeter, and spicier than most IIPA’s I am use to; I can’t wait to try more Nogne products.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a tall long lasting tan head. Aromas of dates and medicinal hops. Flavors of strong pine hops, dried cherries, and bitter roasted malt. Quite smooth, with well concealed alcohol. This is a very enjoyable beer that seems to be able to fit in as both an IIPA and barley wine.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Editor’s note notwithstanding, this seems to lean more towards barleywine in my estimation. At any rate, this is one tasty beer. Pine and dried fruits in the aroma. The flavor explodes with dried fruits: dates and apples. Nice.