mensch (249) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My bottle just says Anniversary Ale. Very little carbonation, no head. Much lighter aroma than expected. Cloudy carmel-tan colored. Thick and rich and juicy, carmel malts and alcohol and citrus and bitter hops and, and could I have another please. Tastes more like a nicely hopped barley wine than an IIPA.
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on cask at Al’s of Hampden into a nonic pint.
A - Pours murky amber orange with a dense one and a half finger tall white head leaving thick rings of lacing down the glass. Very pretty pour.
S - Here’s where things started to go south. Smells of sweet caramel malt and light brown sugar dominate the nose with only the faintest hint of dulled citric hops. A touch of booze creeps in toward the end. What happened to all the hops?
T - Starts off with a big sugary kick with hints of caramel malt and brown sugar. The sweetness is ever present and borders on the point of being overpowering. As it begins to warm more and more of the alcohol creeps in. Some dulled citric hop bite creeps in toward the end but it is far too late to save this one.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Slick, sweet, feel coats the pallet, lingering through the finish.
O - When this one went on I knew it was going to be the first beer I got and boy was I disappointed. The overwhelming sweetness ruined this beer. I am not sure cask is the best serving method for this beer.
Patjeadam (58) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very hoppy, quick bitter, many floral notes, slightly caramel under the bitter. Grows. Recommended.
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RussianDragon (474) - - JUL 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Shared with Colin at the Foodery in Philadelphia. Pours a very hazy golden orange color with dense foamy lasting that took several minutes to settle down to a thick wisp and lacing. Aroma is overall sweet with notes of sugar dusted grapefruits. Flavor is intense hops and pine with a hint of zesty citrus. This is a big beer, 10% is not well masked, but it’s not unpleasant. Sweet malty finish, medium bodied.
John25 (502) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy yellow gold with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is dark citrusy hops (not tropical or piney, just a slight malty citrus). The taste adds sweet bitter grapefruit notes with a malt background. The palate is pretty rich with some resin notes on the finish. Overall, great. Hoppy and drinkable, no bite.
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Beerathon (1171) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy hops! This a palate wrecker, but in a good way. Super bitter with a nice array of hops: spice, citrus, pine, grassy. Not much sweetness, given it’s strength (10% ABV). Big foamy head and dingy orange color. Good stuff.
HIGHB4LL (544) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Mayor of Oldtown. Appearance: finger white head, amber color, good lacing. Aroma: orange, heavy floral, sweet fruit, caramel. Palate: medium body, average carbonation, dry bitter finish, sticky. Taste: sweet floral into bitter bitterness. Super great aroma, balance is good, and I really appreciate the sweetness to this beer, goes well with the nose.
williamstome (891) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 Anniversary: Orange-gold pour, small off-white head. Citrus and floral hoppy aroma, big grapefruit flavor with resin and caramel notes. Quite bitter, quite complex.
andrewje41 (445) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle shared. Pours golden with a soft piney aroma. Hops front and back on this one. Really hoppy and pretty bitter all around. Mild fruit flavor too. Strong beer all around, and pretty good. Good stuff.
closey22 (896) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber with riimming white lacy head; aroma is rich stanky hops dominant; Flava is hop roasty with sweet malt backbone; feel thick with nice fizz and foam; finishes dry bitter hoppy bitter
Desverger (2095) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from BarleyWine, Copenhagen - fuzzy orange coloured pour with good white head and lacing. Big hoppy fruity aroma and taste, punchy citrus flavours, lots of pine, warming caramel malty, masks the booze well. Solid bitter finish. Gorgeous.