Holmen1 (4519) - Stavanger, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
flaske fra Polet: Karamell, brunsukker, grapefrukt (og litt pepper?) i dden kraftige aromaen. Gjenspeiles også i den komplekse smaken. en flaske rekker til en hel kveld, må nytes i små slurker og kjenne hvordan smaken endrer seg med temperaturen. Nydelig, men kraftig.
gramity (1586) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. A beer worth celebrating. Pours a deep dark amber almost copper colour with a light beige coloured head. The aroma fills the nose with lots of hop notes, rich and inviting. Full mouthfeel with a slight alcohol burn in the back of the throat. A beer not to be messed with.
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VertBaconStrips (2281) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
trying to make an early night of it can be considered a failure when one opens a 10% beer at 11pm. This is one freaking dark ipa. Small light tan head rings out. Batch 771. hahah bottle says bbf 2017 - uh.... The smells are thick and inviting... inviting like a yurt in Mongolia - totally want to be in one there right now. How does one work amazing beer into an emerging ayurvedic diet? It’s becoming a problem. Fuckin hell - so many beers in the cellar to consume - maybe I’ll just start meditating in the Beerium with its cold floor and spiders. Maybe I’ll just sell my beer. hmmm. interesting idea. Thick nose - Dark caramel and a hint of burnt sugar sweetness only, dirty semi-fake orange, sweet citrus abounds, year old hard x-mas candy memories, sweet licorice - an in between state of red and black. Straight up tasty iipa. There’s depth here but it’s quiet and demands some attention. Other than that it’s kinda the norm minus any alcohol notes. Mild burnt sugar, some bitter burn witch fits nicely. Slightly better than the average but nothing to go nuts about. good stuff and well balanced.
dfearnley (1578) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL (02/03/12) bottle to flute
The aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, and slight pepperyness. It's a dark reddish amber with a thin off white head that lasts on the rim. The taste is complex but not overbearing. Notes of malt and sweetness turning to heavy bitterness and acidity. Medium body with a slick texture but the acidity brings a bit thinness in the middle tgat further changes to an astringent finish. There is a lot going on here.
fletchfighters (1377) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-- Poured a hazy, muddy, rust orange brown color. Two finger light brown head. Slow fading head but quite clean in leaving lacing. Just a little bit of spotty lacing and one decent 3/4 ring of lacing. Visible alcohol legs and just a bit of carbonation showing with some small bubbles from the bottom of the glass.
S-- Pungent and powerful orange, overripe Grapefruit and burnt Carmel. In some ways closer to a US Barleywine I think by the profile and hop presence in the smell. Also get a small bit of strawberry jam and bread in the nose.
T-- Not real fresh or vibrant like the US DIPA’s but still quite good. Lots of Caramel, orange, grapefruit and some pine.
M-- Smooth, slick and sweet. Much closer to a US Barleywine. Lots of bread and jam notes and the alcohol is quite obvious. Very hearty feel. Medium heavy feel and light carbonation. Sweet pungent orange finish.
O-- What I do like about the European DIPA’s is the bigger malt backbone and that they have a bigger and longer life than the US counterparts. A little more obvious in the Alcohol and a lot more Carmel. Good solid beer that can still sit around and be in good shape 6 months after a trip from Norway. For what it is it is well done.
RichTheVillan (6034) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits drank at home; everything about this beer is big, big bottle, big hops, big malts and big flavour. When I first started drinking I was unsure it had a slight Ovaltine undertone but after a few sips I really got into it and didn’t want it to end. I would definitely have it again if I could find it. Food accompaniment: discount foie gras
sir__v (1769) - Lille, FRANCE - AUG 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color: hazy amber beer with gold reflexion and medium white head. Smell : amazing complexity, caramel, sugar, flowers, hops! !! Taste: very sweet! Caramel and hops! Really easy to drink! Aftertaste : hops and bitter
Braudog (6198) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Super dark ... like boot polish brown. The head is thin, barley there. The nose is rough ... furniture varnish, ether. This drinks with a rigid, harsh woodsy malt base. There’s an acidic assault in there, but the viscous, industrial base takes this over. Could’ve been sold as a Christmas beer. (#4724, 8/9/2012)
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours a deep reddish-tawny, quite dark, with a thin cream coloured head, which laces spottily. Nose is big grapefruit, some toffeeish smoke, light pepper, maybe some pine/juniper, but I might just be expecting it, as opposed to smelling it. Flavours of big smoke, grapefruit, some spice, loads of bloody sticky toffee/caramel here... A nice beer, but very, very, much not my style of IIPA, and not nice enough to blow me away, despite my own misgivings. Okay.
pintbypint (3276) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml brown bottle. Batch 771. Brewed on 02.03.12, best before 02.03.17. Pours out brown, deep gold hints. Foamy head, cramy and sticky at the shoulders. Citrusy nose, orange, some grapefruity sharpness, caramel malts. Taste has sharp grapefruit hopping, below is a big caramel malt base which provides some balance.. Some grapefruity hops in the finish, drier than expected. Can feel a bit of alcoholic heat deep in the throat after each sip. Body is medium, regular carbonation. Overall a bit on the sweeter side, a nice beer, but not one I’d need to revisit.