Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. Exotic appearance, a murky pink-orange-brown, like an offal slurry, topped by a medium head of the same, albeit lighter, color. Spicy, sweet and bitter orange flesh and rind nose. Potent body, intensely tannic and bitter with huge orange peel and orange skin notes, the tart and bitter flavors overwhelming and pummeling the palate with astringency. Some chalky yeast notes are evident in this harsh morass, but that was about all I detected. This is a serious whiff, extreme and largely unenjoyable.
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from northern brews. shared with jsprime. aroma of orange and pepper corns. the flavour is big with citrus up front, tons of pale and cara malt and biting pepper corns on the finish. unique but not outstanding. worth a try.
nimbleprop (5942) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy, orange red with zero head. Smells like hand soap, oranges, rose wine, flowers. Flavor is bitter oranges, soapy, white port. Finish is bitter and astringent. Kind of gross.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mahogany pour with ruby highlights and a small, short-lived, off-white head. The aroma is rich, deep and buttery with notes of caramel, toffee, and almonds wrapped in a big, intense orange orange aroma. The aroma also shows some subtle notes of the peppercorns and dark fruit. The flavor is loaded with dark fruit notes and lots of blood orange layered over buttery toffee, pecan, and almond notes. There’s also some hints of brandy, zesty continental hops, fresh peppercorns, and strong fusel alcohol at the end. The body is full and sticky with low carbonation and a strong alcohol warming.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Okay, gotta break my rating hiatus for this one. After trying a few of the Short’s wacky beers (Smores, Key Lime, etc.), this one does it for me. While the Key Lime was tasty, and the Smores wasn’t anything special, this has excellent use of the blood orange that really work well with some great citrus hops notes. Very fresh and fruity all the way through, with the blood orange and related citrus notes giving the most push from the nose through the flavor. Very unique, very tasty. 12oz. bottle, purchased in Kalamazoo several weeks ago.
RyanMM (413) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2010
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a hazy and sediment-filled amber. No head, minimal lacing. Tons of orange on the nose, with a hint of pepper. Bittersweet orange is the first thing on the tongue, immidiately followed by the spice from those green peppercorns. This is a fail. Not digging this at all. It’s like peppery, stale, uncarbonated fruit juice.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours glowing amber white head, nose sweet grain and cereal. flavors have hot alc heat, grapey, fusel alc, thin and boozy,
SHIG (3934) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to jdubfl: Poured a reddish color with light off white head. Aroma is a mix of citrus fruit, spice, and hops. Taste is very acidic with citrus fruit which gives it a very hop bitterer effect.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Great Taste of the MW. The 2010 Anniversary edition. Pours a truly awesome blood orange reddish tan color with a tan head. Liquid ruby comes to mind. Grapefruit and orange aromas in the nose, very pleasant. Very sweet and malty start that then turns slightly bitter. Medium mouthfeel. This is a beer that I hate to rush and drink as it really is very good.
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at GABF on 9/17/2010. This barleywine pours a medium brown color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, caramel, oranges and sweet. Medium bodied Barleywine/wheatwine. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet, lots of oranges. The hops are herbal. Nice balance. A strange combination of flavors for sure, but somehow they work well together. Lots of orange rind flavor at the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.