nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is really inviting with roasted caramel malt and earthy grassy hops. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma but slightly like cardboard. The palate is average. Overall a very decent beer.
rhsiung (552) - USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
stunning ruby color, but interestingly only with incandescent light behind it. fluorescent and LED (computer display) donít do it. wish the sun were out so i could try it, too, but itís overcast today.
Palidor19 (2871) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very clean tasting. Has a sharp hop bitterness but lacks any real punch. Still it has a bit of astringent at the end but it still drinkable all the way
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear deep red, very attractive creamy, lasting head with good lace. Aroma is primarily of earthy and piney hops. Flavor is initially of toasty malts and more earth and pine hops. When cold, it is a bit disjointed, but as it warmed somewhat, things really came together for a very nice beer. Strong lingering bitterness. Awesome creamy mouthfeel. Good brew, happy that BBC is doing these.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle, Batch No. 1. Pours beautiful deep mahogany with a large eggshell head. Fantastic malt profile along with pine and grapefruit hops. Bitter yet very drinkable with a nice residual malt sweetness.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, very deep ruby-amber colored body with an inch thick, dense and frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big grapefruit pines and resins with some earth up front. Some caramel with a light toast behind the hops. Citruses get a bit more juicy as this warms. Flavor is resiny and earthy grapefruits up front with some pines before a thinner malt backing comes in. Some caramel and toast with some juicier citruses towards the end. Finishes dry and moderately bitter with some citrus resins and a light toasted caramel sweetness. Lengthy aftertaste following a light body and a moderate, soft, creamy carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice beer. A bit on the thinner side, but this is well hopped with a lightly toasted malt backing. Fairly resiny and piney with a good amount of juicy citruses. Not bad.
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less. Fred does it again. Pours dark ruddy copper with a creamy/foamy 3 finger beige head. Citrus and pine together. How rare for my nose to be able to discern that combo. Near full bodied. Foamy carb. Flavor is mildly harsh roast malt with grapefruit, pine and some treacle notes. Arguably earthy, but maybe thatís the roast malt. Good stuff!
Dorwart (2333) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very large 2 inch high head of varying sized bubbles. Reduces to a sloppy mess of foam and lace. Spicy and hoppy aroma. Lots of herbal aromas, mint, fresh cut weeds and some citrus. Color is a very dark crimson red. Light roasty and nutty malts with a strong bitter presence yet balanced very well. More herbal and earthy flavors with some crusty bread, caramel and bit of grapefruit pith bitterness late swallow. A decent IPA.
rangerred (841) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with a fairly substantial tan head. Good lacing.
Smells is of piny hops with a tiny bit of caramel from the malt. Slightly earthy as well.
The taste starts off with the piney hop flavors quite pronounced but that drops off rather quickly. Malt then takes center stage with some lightly roasted caramel. Assertive hop bitterness takes hold for the finish.
Overall this is a pretty solid beer. I wouldíve liked the hop flavor to be as strong as the aroma but itís a minor complaint. A good job by Sam Adams.
radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of argo0, thank you! Ruby red pour, rich red color, tiny off-white head. Aroma is grainy, with notes of pine. Flavor has a touch of grapefruit, sweet malts.