raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange pour with a thick head and great lacing. Spicy hoppy aroma. Another very fine brew from the only company that makes a good beer in a can.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a rich amber with a fluffy light tan head. it sticks a round for quite a while and leaves a "U" shaped ring the entire way down the glass. the initial hop aroma burns at my nose...nice. it’s followed with earth, caramel malt and really resinous piney hops. flavors of honey, cereal grains, brown sugar and orange with the alcohol coming in late. bitter, dry and resinous hops finish it off. pine lingers for a while. medium to rich in body and mouth feel......very enticing aroma but the flavor doesn’t match up. it’s not nearly as robust and never really develops even as it warms. still, quite tasty...
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
can which is strange but interesting, pour was a deep amber with a amazing white foam that provided great lacing. smelled of resin and pine hops. The taste was at first a spicy pine hop flavor followed by a bready malt, finish showed almost no alcohol but carried citrus and pine hops for a while.
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Sampled to Grisky-Bisky at Niels with Dr. Planökonom.] Had very big expecs to this can, but I found it too bitter in an unbalanced way. Sticky and metally despite its great look and aroma. The flavor hit me with a hammer and it took a while before I recovered. Maybe better next time.
Bluesman (9) - Fort Morgan, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2007 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy orangish color with an off white head. The aroma packs a punch of floral hops. Real smooth palate; mouthfeel is sorta thick and it goes down real smooth and doesn’t leave a bothersome residue. Bitter and balanced flavor. This is a big beer, a tasty beer, and dammit I wish they sold it in six packs rather than four packs. It’s snowing like crazy in Denver tonight, and I’m pretty happy to have this beer to keep me warm.
Brigadier (3525) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can
Thanks to Beerlando for sending me this as a bonus in a recent trade. I have seen it on the shelves before but never picked it up because of the cost. I’m not likely to buy anymore for the same reason but it was an excellent release. If you have someone to split a six-pack with this is worth trying.
Aroma / Appearance - The orangish-red body was fairly unusual after a number of Christmas ales and imperial stouts. A short lived white ash head laced the top before collapsing in on itself. Sticky chunks of lacing clung to the sides of my snifter. The hoppiness was very strong but unable to totally overpower the combination of chocolate and oranges. Glazed Krispy Kreme donuts sitting in a freshly painted room summarizes the experience nicely.
Flavor / Palate - Hopped up lemon meringue bars stand out first. The bitterness and maltiness play against each other in stages. First one will stand out before the other comes forward for a few seconds. Finally after a while the vanilla, peach and pine finish wraps things up. The mouthfeel is creamy (like Cool Whip). This beer falls somewhere between a typical Imperial IPA and American Strong Ale like Arrogant Bastard.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a deep amber with a huge head. Amazing lacing on this one, one of the best pours I’ve seen all year. Has a nice hoppy aroma, malty sweets too, caramel. Flavor was nice and hoppy, but well balanced with the malts. Resiny. Decent carbonation, strong but not long lasting finish. I need more of this! Thanks goes to BlackForestCO for getting this for me!
fiulijn (18780) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2010 2009-10-18, draught at Pony Bar, New York, 7-4-7-5-15=38
Amber color. The body is less strong than you expect; it has an interesting citrusy and resiny hop aroma, toffee flavor, dry resiny hop final. Good.
2007-09-10, can, 7-5-8-5-15=40
Beautiful, bright dark amber color; big head. Powerful hoppy aroma, resiny, but also a bit fruity and cheesy. Good body strength, sweet malt and sweet caramel flavor, well balanced by the powerful hopping; the final is very strong, long, with very good resin footprint. Bold and straightforward, maybe lacking some complexity, but very pleasant.
danhitch (17) - USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Can: Poured a dark copper with a long lasting off-white head. Very nice hoppy/pine-like nose to the beer. The taste of this beer was terrific. The initial flavor was a sort of minty hop flavor that settled into a nice blend of malt that had sweet apple, biscuit, and toffee flavors. The finish was a velvety smooth hop flavor as well. This beer also had tons of body. Great beer overall. One of my new favorites. Too bad it’s a bit pricey.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy orange brown color with a huge, foamy tan head that’s very slowlyshrinking. Big resiny pine and sweet citrus aroma. Sticky evergreen flavor through-out with some sweet hints of lemons, oranges, and grapefruit.