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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Our high gravity offering weighs in at 8.5% abv and is delightfully loaded with malt and hops. This is an ale worthy of your sturdiest goblet or most treasured stein. Ring it!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Thick unfiltered brown color. Sweet piny hop aroma, a little grapefruit, had me thinking IIPA. The finish is all malt though, albeit saturated in hop. On the thick and syrupy side, Hmm..weird. Maybe a Double American Pale Ale. Some GM-like orange tastes, but overall a pretty bland offering.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SynergyXJ (510) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle, #450. Very hazy pour with sediment floating around and nice creamy head. Mild sweetness to the aroma. Caramel, malt and hops in the flavor. Decent, but not great Am Strong.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3275) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2009
12 oz bottle **Summary** - Another pickup from the Alexandria area I think this was well worth the $2 I paid for a single. It is not the best American strong ale but it gets the job done. While not distinctive it does the right things well. **Aroma / Appearance** - A half finger dirty head tickled the rose gold body underneath. Caramel dipped popcorn, apple cider, salty pretzels, and other flavors form a sticky combination that refuses to let go. **Flavor / Palate** - Caramel and Nutella start this off with a bang. Low key hops help bring up the syrupy problem that is the middle of this experience. Warming but not overpowering the ABV is well hidden. A dry roasted finish caps a standard and safe beer worth the cost of admission.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours cloudy amber in color with tan head. Aroma mild citrus hops, caramel and malt. Taste malt, caramel and bitter hops with bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Date: 12/2/2008 Source:Other Caramel aroma with some graininess and hint of alcohol. Clear dark copper golden. Flavor is malty, bread and grainy with some grassy resiny hop notes. Touch of alcohol warming. Something like an imperial pale or amber ale. Dry finish with moderate residual bitterness. Ehhh

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle on 11/26/2008. Clear amber body with a medium frothy off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with some floral and light citrusy hops. Sweet grassy, floral hop flavor with resiny notes and a caramel background. Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle: This was described to me as an IPA, so I tried it and was clearly disappointed based upon my initial expectation. The main thing that stood out to me was that there was a very heavy malt character, and that the hops were seemingly an afterthought. Tasted like a Nut Brown / Pale Ale hybrid. Odd.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3527) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
After years, finally able to knock off South Carolina! Medium slightly hazy orangish brown, slight head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts and some cooked citrus grapefruit. Flavor matches. Caramel malts, warm citrus notes of grapefruit and a bit of orange. I would have liked a bit more bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the malts, but not a bad beer at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2009
12 oz. pours copper with small head. aroma is malty with hint of citrus. mouthful is a little thin dominated with some nice hop citrus. nice but a little thin for the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle bonused in trade from MSchae1017. Thanks! Pours an attractive hazy orange with a nicely lasting white head. Smell is very mild and more caramel and faint hops than would be expected in a DIPA, but still a pleasantly malty and faintly fruity nose. Taste is fairly balanced with a slight leaning towards hops. A bit of sweet caramel up front along with fruity, orange and tropical fruity hops, along with a noticeable alcohol presence. Medium to full mouthfeel with medium, crisp carbonation. Solid DIPA, but could have hidden the ABV a touch better and been a bit more vibrant in the nose. Still enjoyable.


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