goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blind tasting of 19 BWs. Poured a clear dark orange-amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was fairly sweet and fruity with a candy like aroma. Notes of peaches, apples and a touch of vanilla. Some earthy English hops were found in the mix. The malty flavor had a light fruitiness. The flavor though was short just leaving you with a dry fairly bitter finish.
thornecb (3978) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, clear amber into a snifter. Fluffy medium sized tan head with nice retention. Ocean aromas with well hidden alcohol. Upfront sour then caramel with a lasting alcohol sharpness.
PorterPounder (4945) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 500 ml bottle. Medium to dark orange pour with a quick white head that quickly gets eaten up by the alcohol. Boozy aroma with some bubble gum in the back end. Flavor is quite one dimensional and is dominated by alcohol. Some artifical candy-like fruitiness comes through at times to break up the monotony. Taste not too disimilar to some fruity malt liquors I have sampled in my time. Mouthfeel, sticky - but not in the right way - more like the way your mouth feels after sucking on a lollipop all day. Bad indeed - not quite criminal though.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very bright coppery red with a one finger head that is slow to fade to a thin cap. The lacing thatís left behind is thicker than expected, especially given the high alcohol content.
Smell; this has a very grainy aroma, with a little bit of caramel malts. Iím not really picking up any other aromas from this. It doesnít smell bad, itís just a not that interesting.
Taste; once again, very grainy and slightly earthy. Thereís some hints of hops, and hints of some dark fruits, but both are hard to pick out. Just like the aroma, thereís not a whole lot going on here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and pretty smooth, with a decent drinkability.
Overall, this is a decent beer, but not one I plan to revisit, especially considering the price tag.
framebender (56) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours amber and looks reasonably good. Aroma, flavor and palate weak and empty. All I really taste is alcohol and thatís about it. Finishes reasonably clean and overall not complex at all. Not bad but nothing good either.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber brown with a large frothy head. The aroma is lightly spicy from the alcohol, a bit of hop to back it up and a soft maltiness. The malt comes first in the flavor, a bit thin, but softly sweet. The alcohol adds a very slight head in the back and this has low bitterness.
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
10% ABV 50cL bottle @ $5.99 at Luekens. Seems a bit expensive. Light copper color with nice tan head. Sweet malty smell peppered with floral like noble hops, sweet refined sugar and alcohol. The first couple of tastes were a bit harsh until my taste buds had a chance to adjust. This beer has a moderately syrupy mouth feel. The alcohol flavor hits up front but doesnít impede the flavor all that much. Then some light pale, caramel and sugary malt sweetness kicks in as does the pine and floral hoppy bitterness. This beer definetly gets better the more you drink. Tastes like a big brother to Samuel Smiths IPA.
thebaldwizard (1204) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spiced apple aroma with a hint of alcohol. The pour was murky brown. Medium to thin palate supports a brew that has a definite hop presence and caramel malt to support it. Better than I was expecting.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma has yeast, malt, brown sugar, and some fruit. The appearance is clear amber with a small head appropriate for the style. The flavor is high in alcohol and all the elements from the aroma but is not overpowering. The only surprise was the high amount of bitter hops that were not obvious in the aroma. The palate is crisp and smooth. The aftertaste is sweet and buttery. I would have liked this one more if the flavor had not been so astringent but otherwise itís nice.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: pours a clean amber hue with a small but mostly lasting off-white head which left some lace. The aroma displays the house character of these brews, very fruity yeast esters, caramel and toffee, aromatic hops, hint of mint, and some phenolic activity. The taste is rather straight forward with sweet caramel malt over ripened fruit with more than a bit noticeable alcohol upon the finish. The problem with this beer is that the body does not support the ABV and it needs more depth in general. Sure there is a herbal hoppy bitterness and even a wisp of spice but it comes off rather bland after half-a-pint. The aftertaste is rather astringent and dry. Drinkable but not very beergeek worthy.