cathcacr (642) - Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the pub, but available only in bottles. Was pretty good, had a character that I’d describe as "Imperial Bock." It’s a lot like Dead Guy only with pronounced alcohol character and a rich sugary mouthfeel.
CanIHave4Beers (3494) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at El Bait shop in Des Moines. Really just a fantasic beer. The hops are just fantasic, and provide a remarkable bitterness that dominates much of the flavor of this beer. The head was fairly weak, but that’s the only real complaint. Aromas of sweet malt and tons of floral hops. Alcohol is very well hidden.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
V - clear orange with a light lacy small white head.
A - caramel, brown sugar, hops, mild malts,
T - deep and complex with the same traces as in the aroma but in more detail
P - very smooth with just a touch of woody oak at the very tail end.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big, bold, harsh beer. Super malty, rich and very sweet. Way overdone. Way way way too much going on for me.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red (but not ceramic) 750 bottle. Pours clear amber with a dense, thick off-white head. Sweet aroma of toffee and figs. Medium body, light carbonation. Taste of citrus, toffee, caramel, eventually wandering into pine. Earthy/floral bitter finish.
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not as interesting as the bottle...the beer is similar to drinking a bottle of liquid caramel. Copper-colored brew with decent carbonation and solid eggshell head. Aroma is that of toffee, brown sugar, and cotton candy. Flavor is quite sweet but not sticky...quite palatable actually. There does appear to be a slight hoppiness that makes its way to palate, although resistantly. A bit thin. 9.5% hardly noticeable!!!
truebluehes (182) - Tipton, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Orangish pour with little head. Very smooth beer, much like the dead guy with a real nice bite.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tried at the Bite of Oregon. Overall very good, not quite as good as I had anticipated. Poured to an orange-amber color with little head. I thought it’d be hoppier than it was, but it was very smooth. Well balanced. Notes of fruit; I kept thinking stone fruit of some kind; couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Glad I tried it.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on Tap at 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2008
Arrives from the tap with a clear, red-amber color and a thin, wispy, tan colored head that clumps to the sides of my glass. This has a very malty aroma to it and is almost fruity, but definitely has a caramel edge to it along with some concentrated malt sugar aromatics. At times this seems to strike a good faux-Bock like aroma; fairly clean with a strong-lager like concentrated malt character. There is a nice herbal hop component to the nose though and that fruitiness might also be contributed partly by the hops.
The flavor is much more hop focused than I expected (based on the aroma); hop flavors of fresh cut herbs and a green bitterness are quite noticeable. This gets a bit hot in the finish with both the sharp hop notes and noticeable alcohol. The hop character is actually dominant in the flavor, but there is a solid malt contribution here that contributes flavors of caramel and toasted grain and also accentuates notes of fruity berries and soft citrus. I really like the balance of malt and hop that this beer has. This is chewy with a rich heft to it that doesn’t get cloying or overly thick.
This is an interesting brew, it is surprisingly hoppy in the flavor and hides its alcohol fairly well (though it can get hot at times with the peppery alcohol notes in the finish).
OldGrowth (2831) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huh, found this note on my dresser, think I had it a dinner at Tyler’s Apex a few weeks back. Good aroma, sweet, fruity, apple, cherry. Clean orangy brown color, small head, minor lace. Bitter sweet flavor, Strong. Fruity, like aroma with a nutty yeastiness. Caramel, Kind of toasty maltiness about it. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Tasty I liked the way the flavor kind of bounced around. Aroma didn’t let on the strength of it. I like it more than the average I see.