Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours beautifully into an opaque yet juicy orange body as if actually a piece of the fruit with a wonderfully consistent half inch white head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy: apricot and citrus preserves, powerful grapefruit, pine resin and thistles, slightly mapley caramel, graham cracker, slight licorice root, perhaps a dash of cinnamon, and obvious alcohol. Flavor is initially a mellow caramel and dried fruits sweetness that is quickly overwhelmed by citric hop resin, and then very powerful pine bitterness, there is a strong alcohol kick and then a somewhat milder citric finish. Palate is unquestionably full of hop oil and therefore wonderfully full and creamy, bitter and appetizing. Not to mention quite warming.
Narnad (1487) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2010 Rating #500 - Pours a deep orange color with a very thin white head. Aroma has a sweet profile, some apricot notes, a heavy dose of citrus and pine resin, a light dose of caramel malt and a pronounced grain alcohol type finishing aroma. The beer begins with a grapefruit citrus hops note followed by a more pronounced piney note. The middle has a hot alcohol kick in the middle but as the alcohol subsides a very smooth dried apricot sweetness kicks in and finishes with a smooth caramel malt flavor. The brew has a very very dense feel with a mod/high, fine carbonation and a heavy sugary feel. The head leavves a fantastic layered lacing look on the glass. Overall a great aroma and flavor are found in this brew but the alcohol is so strong that it creates a bit of a harsh fusel alcohol note right dab in the middle of the tasting, which is hard to avoid and is the only real downfall of this brew. (7-22-09)
4th Year Anni- Pours a dark orange color with a quick fading white head, slight haze to the brew and almost zero carbonation. Aroma has a strong caramel nose, a decent amount of fruity grape and apple notes, alcohol, grainy, mild grassy hops notes and finishes with a light orange note. Flavor has a strong alcohol note that carries through the entire tasting. Early caramel sweetness followed up by a grassy hops note. Finishes with an orange sweetness and mild dryness. Body is light with a good amount of carbonation. Overall a decent brew but still a bit unbalance and the alcohol seems to dominate the brew making it a bit harsh at times in the flavor. A=5 App=5 F=6 Pal=3 Over=13
sunevdj (3355) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Monk’s Kettle. Pours a hazyish amber with a diminishing off-white head. Sweet with honey aromas. Quite hoppy and fuity.Pretty strong alcohol aromas. Sugary with residual sugars. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Alcohol warming finish.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Good mix of pine and citrus aromas. Murky orange body with off white head that some small clumps of lace stuck to the pint glass. Some floaters were visable floating around near the finish. Hopp dry bitter bite along with some good citrus flavor. But 2nd pour was thicker malt and sugary and somewhat slugish one the palate. Almost like having two different beers from 22oz bottle.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours verry hazy with a bit of white head. Big sticky hop nose with a blend of pine and light citrus rinds. There’s a different kind of hop flavor here. There’s a bit of odd citrus with spearmint and pine. A mild caramel malt sweetness as well. The alcohol give this a birt of a pepper character as well. Medium body with an oil slickness. Average carbonation. Balanced finish with a lingering bitterness.
jgb9348 (4993) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep slightly hazy golden amber coloured body with a nice orange tint and a large dense tan head that leaves an amazing lace. Aroma of very potent hops, pine, flowers, citrus and a good dose of alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong astringent hop flavours up front and noticeable with a piney and citrus twist and a bit of rosemary. Aftertaste shows a plentiful assortment of hops, citrus and pine - no doubting those flavours. Overall, a strong double IPA - enough with this style though...a normal IPA would have been preferable! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, California on 18-May-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 20-July-2009.
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark hazy apricot pour with excellent one finger off white head. Aroma is pine, resin, and citrus with some bready caramel malt. Flavor is quite sweet with tons of spruce and evergreen notes backed by a strong citrus character. Palate is rich and full- excellent for the style. Dry finish. Excellent overall, never cloying or bearing of its alcohol.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy deep copper orange color with lots of visible floaties and an off white film of head. Sweet zesty citrus aroma- lots of maltose and candy malt character. Plum and vanilla notes are there as well, but it remains rounded with underlying citric orangey hop notes. Slick & warming- very alcoholic feel but not thick or boozy, just slick. Upfront it has some candied citrus notes- then comes tons of sweet candied plummy notes and syrupy peach notes. Then there’s an abrupt piny bitterness that isn’t cohesive or well integrated. Lots of residual alcohol burn. Too sugary overall.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enough with the malty stuff. 22 ounce bottle shared by GandGKevin at Immy’s Backyard Throwdown. Thanks! Pours a hazy light brown color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is earthy, herbal hops with some citrus notes. Taste is bitter, resiny hops with lemon and grapefruit notes. Some toffee as well. Full bodied.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, grain, husks), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of sour apple, detergent, melon rind, bile.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
Smells and tastes like it’s got a mild (but unpleasant) infection. I had soured bottles of Santa’s Little Helper last year too (fresh off the shelf, mind you, not aged), maybe 60% of the bottles I bought were that way and the rest were delicious. Port must still be fighting microbes on the bottling line. Thankfully I’ve not had a bad Old Viscosity yet (knock on wood).