Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is hazed mahogany amber with a big tight bubbled seemingly everlasting light brown head...smell is hoppy up front with some grapefruit and pine with a nice toasty caramel sweetness behind it...taste is decidedly less hoppy than the smell...still some grapefruit and resin flavors but a big caramel sweetness taking over...a hint of booze in the finish...mouthfeel is medium thick...almost great, but not quite....
thornecb (4289) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours light mahogany into a trappist glass. Off-white head recedes leaving spot lacing. Honey and oak aromas. Full with upfront oak turning to brown sugar in the middle and a lasting bitter smoked resin finish.
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Binnyís Beverage Depot, Orland Park, Illinois: It poured a clear chestnut body with an ecru head that rapidly reduced to a film with a ring. The aroma was woody with orchard fruit, light brown sugar, and an earthy bitterness. The flavor had fruity malt, black pepper, oak, vanilla, and an earthy bitterness. The alcohol only displayed itself in a light buzz when it was over. Iím not sure what they were going for here, and itís not bad, just not very impressive.
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a smal lasting tan head. Aromas of carmel, cocoa and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, vanilla, carmel and light cocoa with a smooth lingering oak finish.
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of BMan1113VR) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of herbs, caramel, brown sugar, cocoa, and light smoke. Flavor of herbs, honey, caramel, some burnt wood, brown sugar, and smoke.
bhensonb (10691) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours a reddish copper with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aromas of malt and oak with a hint of smoke. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Fairly smokey, malt is covered by bitter, not sure I get honey, but kandi could be. There is a woody astringency. Seems to be a hint of chocolate. Thereís a lot going on here, and it seems to change over time. Really tasty ale. Heat is definitely not an issue. Well done.
ilovedarkbeer (2220) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to someone. Pours an orange brown color with almost no head. Notes of brown sugar, bitter citrus rinds, and chocolate chips cookies. Not bad.
mumblesmcgee (3) - North Bend, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2010 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: chocolate, cereal,
Appearance: clear, red, minimal head
Taste: heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness
Palate: full body, thin feel, average carbonation, long finish
Overall: I like this beer. Iím not one for strong, "in-your-face" Imperials but I liked this. This is well worth the price tag, so go try it.
rocbyter (1886) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet honey aroma. Clear light amber color with a small white head. Sweet beginning turning slightly bitter in the finish.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a very deep, blood red color with some clarity and a head of beige, average size, and fizzy/frothy; the longevity is fair and the lace is minimal. The nose is a bit bland, odd for a 9.5% ABV beer; notes of dark honey, brown sugar, some peppery spice, light citrus-pine hop notes, and maybe just a bit of rye bread? The flavor is definitely more oak-laden than I would have thought from the nose, a nice smoke tinge underneath, brown sugar still there, hints of roast, spicy hop notes but notes much else from the hops, maybe a bit of honey as well. The palate is moderately bodied, soft to lively in carbonation, and drying, thin in mouthfeel, especially for the size of the beer. The finish is short with spice, smoke, and dry oak. To be honest, there are so many things about this beer that make it seem like a table strength beer; thin body and mouthfeel, bland nose, and not much for complexity. The beer is pleasant and creative with the nose and the flavor seeming so different to me, but not worthy of the "Limited Release" title. Somewhat expected from Redhook.