bitbucket (2159) - 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 (2854) - 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 (180) - 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 (2821) - 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.
riversideAK (5695) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange copper colored brew. Very fruity aroma. Flavor is sweet up front with some nice fruitiness, a little dry nuttiness and a good deal of alcohol. Finish is floral and earthy. Not too bitter, but itís there. Too much alcohol in there for me.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2012 On tap at Tylerís, Durham. Pours similar to its diminutive relative, with a pleasant orange body, decent carbonation and a lively frothy head. What Iíve always enjoyed about Dead Guy (which I see I havenít even rated!) is its ability to offer up the finer qualities of a rich amber and combine it with a notable hop profile. But this amped up version is too boozy for me, washing out the flavor more or less altogether. The fruitiness is more detectable and is enjoyable in some sense. But I found this to be too one dimensional: sticky, boozy, a bit bland.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rogue in Portland, OR--Poured a thin amber body with a tiny white head. Starts off smooth and unlocks a whirlwind of complexities. Sweet, malty, mad hoppy. Then finishes mellow again. Nicely constructed. A little boozy as it warms up, but overall, a great beer.
pinkzambia (1560) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Dark, clear copper color with a small off-white head. The aroma is smooth and seductive. You taste is and . . . WOW - smooth and then ~Kapow~! Flavors of musty hops, furniture polish, leather and semi-sweet alcohol flavors. There is a super prolonged bitter aftertaste which is nice. Good amounts of carbonation with a great aftertaste involving greenery. Tasty!