BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at bu11zeyes. Pours an amber hazy body with a small, white head. Aroma is spicey hops with some grapefruit citrusness. Taste is sweet with caramel, fruits and hops. Light bubbles, with a good, thick mouthfeel.
3fourths (7515) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 Rerate: bottles, Mar 09 - they freakiní suck. Higher abv, fusel, iced tea bombs, messy. ugh. Why did Ottoís have to change the recipe?
Rerate: bottles, Sep 07 - they freakiní rock. That is all.
This beer changes from batch to batch. It sucks because the August/2006 batch was STELLAR, I gave it a 4.5. The newest batch (Jan/2007) is not as good at the last one, but still plenty tasty... and of course the nose is what kills for this beer. The Jan/07 batch has a big nut and cedar flavor, almost metallic, and it takes away from the juicy dank leafy quality that makes this beer great. This current batch is more in the 4-4.2 range, while the best Double D batch will be in the 4.4-4.6 range.
"Old" draught sample - near the end of the keg. This rating is from the first time I had this beer. Murky dark orange, almost red in color, rusty looking. Spicy nose, with some Belgian-like yeast esters, and some cannibus tinny hops, and a sweaty BO-like nose of chewy malts. Brash bitterness, fruity and tinny. Overall quite good, but not outstanding. Reminds me of the Whoop Pass IPA actually, and is in the vein of DIPA that I do not enjoy: tinny, chewy caramelized hops.
"New" draught sample... had this right around when a new keg was tapped... this... beer... is... phenomenal. I was disappointed the first time I got a pint of this, but the next day the keg was blown. Trying this new keg... holy crap, the nose is downright perfect, so full of such juicy, dank, fruity and sugary cannibus buds, hop cones and sugary candy... the nose is one of the best Iíve experienced on a double IPA. Flavorwise itís spot on, sweet, hoppy, properly bitter, even a little too bitter, but just full of flavor... tastes like sugar-coated hop and cannibus buds.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark straw/amber colored. Huge aroma of hops, with some citrus, and floral notes. Tastes extremely hoppy, and finishes with more hops, malt, slight dryness, and some fruitiness. I took a growler of this home (I bought 3 growlers here on my first visit, that's how good the beers were).
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-08-17. Crisp dark orange, modest beige head. 3+ Lovely hop aroma, nice citrus character with leafy green notes. 7+ Nice hoppy flavour, citrus melange, tangerines, good amount of bitterness throughout, modest leafy green hop accents. 7+ Smooth average bodied palate, starting to lose some carbonation in the growler but not significantly so. Very good! Growler, Campground Brewdown 2012
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 Bottle sampled on 5/10/08: Similar to the tap version with a nice fresh hoppy character throughout and a good sweet malty balance. A pretty nice IIPA.
On tap at the brewpub on 4/9/07: Pours a clear copper orange with a spotty-lacing white head. Big, sweet caramel malty aroma has a lot of grapefruity hops. Body starts with nice caramel malty sweetness and good earthy piny grapefruity hoppy character toward a crisp, slightly warming finish. A good double IPA.
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured a rich, deeper orange with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up orange and grapefruit citrus notes with sweet, lighter caramel and grassy notes backing it up.. rather juicy and powerful, yet approachable. The flavor had a bunch of grainy sweetness at the core that was hard to classify surrounded by a nice array of pine, citrus, and cat pee bitterness that lasted through the long finish.. alcohol was well hidden and served to warm up the back-end and throat. Medium-plus bodied with only OK flow on the palate.. I didnít much dig the graininess and the bitterness was rough about 3/4 way through.. otherwise a very good brew.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ottoís on our way to RBSG. Pours a ruby hued orange gold with a medium sized white to beige head. Big citrus and pine, hop candy, and caramel. Huge juicy earthy hops, dripping and pungent. Smooth warming alcohol. Slow soft grapefruit. A little boozy, but very tasty. Big slow grapefruit and quinine on the finish.
jtclockwork (6216) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Pilsner Peteís RBSG. Pours a clear amber. Nose and taste of citrus, bitter hops and orange.
sebletitje (5974) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tampa weekly tasting.
amber color, off-white head.
nice hoppy profile, mostly citurs/grapefruit, herbal with lingering caramel malt finish.
HogTownHarry (5905) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, my bottle via trade with sirpsycho. Lovely thick and cloudy deep orange pour, average beige lasting sticky/creamy head - good lace (4+). Balanced aroma - thick sweetish malt, plenty of acidic resin hop bitterness, a dry wheat/grain overlay - and some alcohol (not much). Taste - initially very malty, not too sweet but thick, then the strong resin/citrus hop bitterness kicks in and pitches a tent, and the alcohol shows up soon after to cadge a smoke and tell tall tales. Thick bodied, quite acidic, heavy malt backbone but the hop bitterness outlasts it in the fairly long finish - but for all that incredibly drinkable - reminded me of Arrogant Bastard, but way smoother, and a bit less malty.