Butters (3661) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber pour. Sweet hop. Smooth. Alcohol. Some vanilla. very good. Interesting
sepia5 (234) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark, cloudy orange, not at all the color I’m accustomed to from this style. Nose is odd: extremely malty and has a sort of metallic scent to it. Indeed, the flavor is so malty I would never guess this to be an IIPA. There’s just a bit of hop bite on the tale end, but otherwise this seems more like a barley wine than an IIPA. I recently reviewed the Thomas Creek Up the Creek Extreme IIPA and the similarities between that and this are really incredible. I’m a bit disappointed because this is not what I’m looking for in an IIPA. Malt lovers will be pleased, but if you’re a hophead like me, steer clear.
madmitch76 (13043) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
20th April 2009
Sells itself as an Imperial IPA but balanced by intense maltyness! Cloudy chocolate coloured beer with a biscuit coloured head. Doesn’t seem like an Imperial IPA! More like a barleywine/Scotch ale hybrid. There is the richness of barleywine along with the briney hops but also the soft chocolate of a Scotch ale. Interesting!
Lubiere (9303) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A reddish brown ale with a thin reddish moka head. In aroma, herbaceous hops, vinous notes, raisins, very barley wine like, with smooth notes of alcohol and seaweed iodine. In mouth, a classic barley wine with smooth resinous hops, tobacco malts, quite nice and superbly balanced. Wow! Bieropholie import. Jan 1 2011.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with small creamy light tan coloured head. Big malt aromas of dark caramel, toffee and dark fruits offset somewhat by decent tropical fruit and citrus hop aromas. To me the malt backbone definate dominates the nose. Flavours are super sweet thanks to the malt. Decent hop bitterness on the finish. Full mouthfeel. Decent beer but not my favourite DIPA>
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a tasting, 15th January 2011. Pours a deep amber, with a small off white head, good lacing. Quite tropical in the aroma to go along with the pine. Bit boozy on the first couple of sips, but soon the tropical fruits start coming out, along with a hint of red berries. Slightly oily in body, nice bitterness at the finish.
Fin (6891) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that Jan & Charlotte passed to me at Essen, Kerstbier, Belgique, consumed 25.12.10 Pours hazy dark golden with small off-white head. Very soft in the mouth, lovely hoppy nose, big body & full flavoured with grapefruit infused with a floralness, really floral in taste. There is also an exotic tropical fruitiness flooding through. Good beer. A7 A3 T8 P4 Ov16 3.8
bmeup (498) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
You find one every now & then that’s just what you wanted & this is it. Probably a bit one sided for some, but for hop heads just fine, Hop Heaven. Big & sweet caramel with hops of pine & citrus. Looks mysterious, even dangerous, and it is. Awesome, awesome.
gam (3014) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin head the carbonation is above medium a murky orange brown pour aromas caramel brandy toffee fruit brown sugar soy like grain flavour taste of citrus peel for bitter caramel brandy smooth toffee resinous touch brown sugar pink grapefruit touch cracker of a beer finish smooth as silk full flavoured gentle aftertaste that lasts
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber. Loaded with exotic fruit hoppiness. Good balance of malt. Alcohol is well checked and the palate is full but not syrupy. Enjoyable.