hopscotch (10082) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours a clear, beautiful copper color with a large, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The nose consists of malty notes of almonds, pistachios, caramel and light milk chocolate layered upon an earthy, citrusy hop component. Medium-bodied with subdued carbonation. Moderate, malty flavors of caramel and milk chocolate take a back seat to powerful, tannic, earthy hop bitterness. Thin, astringent, bone-dry finish
rob6239 (676) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark red with thick frothy white head. Good hoppy aroma. Taste is strong bitter with malt with intense hops in the mid-range and finishes bitter.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(sample at the 2012 Boston Beer Summit Winter Jubilee) red amber with small head. Some malt and hops in the aroma. Flavor was more malty than hoppy (like a well hopped red ale).
JDBaker11058 (1538) - Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: beautiful rich ruby red with a thick off-white head, poured into a snifter. Aroma: toasted caramel malts, with notes of pine and grapefruit. Taste: smooth caramel, toasted brown bread, hint of black pepper, with citrus, pine, and earthy hops. Finish: dry and solidly bitter, with a bit of sweet toffee malt to balance. Notes: As always, not an IPA fan, but this was one pretty, easy-drinking beer. Flavors were well-balanced. I can deal with this.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Sort of in between an IPA and a black IPA. More resinous hops than I prefer, but still a nice beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark, read that was nearly black in the glass with and average to large, creamy, cream-colored head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; lighter dark bread and roasted malt; moderate to heavy pine, resinous, citrus and earthy hops; and tobacco. The initial flavor was mod to heavily sweet and mod to heavily bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was caramel, roasted malt, cherry, a little dark chocolate, a little minty hops, pine hops, resinous hops, citric hops, berry hops, a little metallic hops, earthy hops, slight coffee, tobacco, toffee and dark bread. The medium body was somewhat dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red with a massive and annoyingly persistent head. Aroma was light citrus fruit and earth tones with light nutty notes and a bit of toasted malts. Medium to full body. Flavor seemed a bit restrained. It seemed like there was all these tasty treats wanting to burst free but just couldn’t muster the strength (Not a temperature issue as this was cool but not cold when served). Light grapefruit, herbal notes, toasted malts, a bit of sweet malts, too. A bit of a let-down, actually.
rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what a great beer. It was difficult to find but definitely worth the effort. It’s a great nutty, hoppy taste. It has a great dark brown color and mildly hoppy aroma.
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Ruby-amber-brown, kinda stained-glassy. Steady beige head. Pretty solid appearance-wise. Mellow, brown malt aroma. Pretty solid hoppy Amber, some of that fruity malt twang but also a respectable piny hop backbone. It could have benefited from a little more body, despite the big flavors it is a little thin and watery somehow...I guess if you were feeling nice you could call it clean..and there is the house Sam Adams flavor that still shines through as well, which makes it a little pedestrian. Still a solid offering, not mind blowing stuff, a little soapy in the finish. Would be more respectable if it was there six pack beer.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s poured into a shaker. Pours a very dark red with about 2 fingers of frothy white head. Aroma of resin hops, caramel, toffee and grapefruit. Taste is medium bitter. Resin, caramel and grapefruit. Medium body with a somewhat thin texture. Soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, not bad. I liked the 3rd voyage quite a bit better though.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great copper body with a tan head that had both great retention and lacing. Aroma had good caramel malts upfront and some mild roasted malts. A nice pine hop note which was complemented by a citrusy hop presence. Flavor was well balanced nice sweet malts and mild roasted malts were balanced out with good hops. Finish was smooth.