onceblind (4843) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 2011. Murky burnt orange, no head. Intriguing aroma of toffee and caramel malt, mild grassy bitterness, and some cream cheese icing. Flavor has some sweet funky toffee, mild grassy herbal bitterness, some light citrus fruit tones, a faint bit of floralness, balanced between sweet and bitter on a big-medium body. Nothing amazing, but well made.
craftbeerdesign (2197) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
sample at GABF on 10/1/11. deep orange pour with a 1 finger white head. citrus nose with coriander and light spice. big body with spices, coriander, orange peel and citrus bitterness. sweet finish with more spices.
mixmasterob (910) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to rayl101. Murky dark orange pour with a small white head. Aroma was big time fruit, a touch of sweet malt, some funk, tart. Grapefruit juice. Flavors were heavy on the bitter grapefruit, tart sourness, lots of bittersweet fruits. Finish was big time blood orange and bitter grapefruit juice. Interesting stuff indeed. Fun brew!
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly hazed blood orange with a large pinkish-white slowly dissolving head. Aroma of what, funk, grains, orange, sweet grapefruit and fruit rind. Taste is tart and a bit sour with grapefruit, orange, malt and some alcohol. A touch pithy and some burn on the back end. Interesting.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear toasted orange with a small off-white head, fairly creamy, low retention. From a hand bottle from firmbuttstone. I definitely get the coriander and orange peel first in the aroma, followed by some spicy pepper. There is also some grapefruit rind going on, and a light tang. A little alcohol burns my nose. The flavor is a little more earthy (d/t the peppercorns, most likely) but still pretty well loaded with citrus and citrus peel (the latter more dominant). Not really all that sweet. Fairly fruity midway through to the finish, which was dry and peppery, some alcohol noted. Bitterness peaked at a 5. Low carbonation with a big full body. Not too bad--though it may have sounded slightly more interesting that what I though it actually was.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into snifter. Reading the label: "225lbs of blood oranges" ummm can’t go wrong there. The aroma definitely has the orange floral zest but the flavor really blew me away. It took me right back to childhood and drinking my OJ with pulp in it. The orange flavor was that strong. The pepper corns made the finish a little bit spicy which was was. This is one awesome beer.
wedgie9 (2490) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted on 8/14/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Siciliano’s, there is no date on the bottle. Pours a cloudy blood orange color with a thin orange-tinted tan head that recedes to nothing more than a whisp of lace. The nose is hot with tons of caramel malt, peppercorn, earthy yeast, and a lightly tart orange aroma. The flavor is sweet and earthy with a hint of tart orange, peppercorn, and caramel malt. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long earthy, tart orange, and caramel malt finish.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
20110809 12oz bottle from Champane’s, I believe, back in spring of 2010. Beautiful color is amazingly red-orange, just like a blood orange. Head was reluctant, but I did manage a lasting though loose suds with a vigorous pour. Aroma is madly potent with peppercorn and orange, but also a ton of alcohol and strong solvents. Sadly reminds me more of Goo Gone than of an orangey treat. The malts are a mess, weirdly cakey sweetness, shortbread, but then a crazy oily and resinous character that coats and dominates the palate. Goofy beer overall, but it’s almost worth it just for the brilliance of such intense blood orange flavor and sensation. Alas, however, it is not quite worth it.
Butters (3898) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled thanks to James while at the river with C&C. Pours a orange red hue with a clear ring of white head. Sweet orange flavor, alcohol is obvious. Tasty and interesting.
Jblauvs (1350) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very Murky brown pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is bold orange fruit, coriander, some white pepper. Flavor is less intense than the nose, but still nice - herbal notes are restrained, not over the top. blood orange comes though in a big way, sweet fruit and bitter pith, the finish is surprisingly dry. Wow, probably the best shorts I’ve had to date. Very tasty