Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle...thanks ceebs!
Pours a nice two fingerwidth beige, creamy head. Leaves a lot of nice lacing on the glass after dissipating slowly. Color is opaque and has a copper penny tint to it. The aroma is hoppy and of strong fruit, resembling more of the mild fruit, more like a berry smell instead of the citrus hop. There is a hint of light malts in there too. Some dose of caramel. I have to agree with ceebs in that the taste is a hoppier barley wine. It definitely resembles the dead guy ale, but with way more of a hop character and a stronger, imperial level taste. It tastes pretty bitter and lingers for a shorter time than i would expect such a bitter beer. Tastes of wood and pine, again the berry sweetness too. A complex beer with a more wet finish than dry, which was kind of surprising after the initial bitter taste. The balance is pretty good, not perfect, but overall i was all for this.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber bottle. Aroma is strong, i like it, melon fruit, berry fruit, subtle pale malt also somehow comes through for me, and a piny hop. Pour was nice, big bubbling starch white head that almost entirely evaporates, good lacing, dark cantaloupe in color, mostly translucent. Powerful taste, like a hoppier kind of barley wine, basic malt taste is clearly that of a single dead guy (which is good) just slightly stronger, with an imperial ipa level of bitter and full bodied/sticky pine hop, melon, and cherry sweetness, very wet finish and good linger. Highly complex tasting beer, though the all the different flavors that arise don’t smoothly balance out exactly in my opinion. However, this beer was an interesting and enjoyable experience for sure.
SSSteve (3899) - - SEP 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 2008. cool red wax bottle. dark copper color under a large creamy yellowish head. aroma is bready malts, gum , banana. flavors of graham cracker, dough, cinnamon, banana, and some floral bubblegum tasting hops. i didn’t really care for this one.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coolest bottle ever! Beer is pretty good also. I think that some time would make it even better. I thought it was going to be sweet but the hop presence took care of that. The nose was not so good to me though, kind of smelled like a nice bread on cardboard. The taste comes out with burnt caramel on the back of the tongue.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a red 750ml bottle and served in a shaker. This beer poured a clear amber with a two-finger thick head of beige foam that slowly faded away, leaving some thick lacing behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of strong notes of bready caramel and a hefty dose of citrusy/resiny hops. The flavor included clean, lightly toasted malts, caramel, and just enough of a hop bitterness to keep things interesting. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and just a tad sticky. Lightly carbonated. Don’t expect to be blown away, but this is a tasty, well-made brew.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber purchased at D’vines in Washington, D.C.. Pours orange gold, off white head.
Aroma is malty, caramel, hoppy. Smells a bit like a wet graham cracker. I’m a little worried.
Flavor is malty, hoppy, slightly peaty, syrupy, and doughy. Eh, it’s not horrible, but I probs wouldn’t pay to drink this again.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light amber with a white head. Smells like pacman yeast and american hops. Really to be honest this tasted just like dead guy to me? but with the 9.5% abv it was very easy to drink.
dogfish120love (1027) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours clowdy orange somewhat autumn leaf, huge frothy white head almost like the film you get when you stick to many people in a jacuzzi. smells fruity, citrus, hops, caramel and sugar. like the previous rater noted defineitly some bananna. Also orange rind malt and spice, not nearly as hoppy as I expected, yet when i bought the beer i figured it was going to be an iipa not a strong ale. it is a very delicious beer, not overwhelming. im now starting to get that hop bite, its mild but noticeable, some roasted malt also lingers. Not A bad beer and I could use this as a session beer even though it is 9.5%
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
hazy orange with a nice white head.i pick up bananas,caramel malts,spices,and a slight hop finish in the nose.flavor is much of the same with a slight alcohol finish.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love the bottle, the beer was average. Pours a clear amber with a white head. A little bit of citrus hops in the nose, but also a fair amount of malt. It hides the 9.5% very well, but it just didn’t seem to have enough flavor for me. Well balanced. Worth a try, but I don’t think I would buy another bottle.