Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed fro a 750ml bottle in a wine glass. The beer pours a medium amber color, with an initially frothy head that disappears after a few moments. The nose shows some residual piney hop aroma, along with a more prevalent alcohol note. A touch of bourbon/woodiness comes through as the sample warms, but is fairly well-hidden by the aforesaid alcohol note. The palate shows some English crystal malt sweetness in the approach, before transitioning to a not-at-all bitterness, seemingly derived from both the aggressive hopping of Celebration and Bigfoot, as well as from the alcohol content. The latter seems to take over the final notes of the flavor, and lingers in the palate. Carbonation and mouthfeel are appropriate. Overall, a beer that shows tremendous complexity, but also some rather profoundly rough edges. Likely something that would vastly improve and mellow over time.
Gbgbrouge (256) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle, darkish amber with medium off white head. Aroma with notes of caramel, dried fruit, spice and pine. Taste is a nice combo of bitter and sweet, weill balanced and with a very nice after taste. Really nice one!
Leini (1066) - SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at a tasting event. Amber body with a medium head. Caramel, oak, vanilla and dried fruit.
BOSSbrewer (2150) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a tasting at Butler's place. Pours amber with a very thin off white head. Aroma is malty sweet. Dark fruits. Very malty. Fairly hoppy. Nice beer. Thanks to Dan.
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Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours copper amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, raisins, caramel, pine and vanilla. Flavor of sweet malts, caramel, dark fruit, oak, pine, grapefruit and raisins. Sticky texture, medium-full body, dry finish.
Homer321 (2369) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle for my WOB 2500, dec 8 2015. Nose is slightly sherry oxidation with a light boozy nose. Taste is lightly peppery with a light caramel note. Fairly smooth without much alcohol noted. Seems a bit thin and grassy but held up well.
DrewFace (928) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Bottle share thanks to Homer321. mikdly hoppy, light citrus, caramel malt. Hazy orange pour, nearly no head now. Lots of caramel malt, oak, vanilla, earthy hop flavor, moderate bitterness. Finishes a bit sweet with some alcohol heat.
slowrunner77 (6286) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"dark orange, almost red. big fluffy head. very aromatic...mostly a sh--load of hops, but some sweet malt and oak in there if you try really hard. i am pretty impressed with the anniversary lineup...they are among my favorite SN beers. big juicy beer, hoppy and bitter, floral, with a lasting aftertaste. Does taste a little like the pale, but trust me...just a little. This is a big boy. smoother than the initial onslaught of hops in the aroma would have you believe."
BeerSkull (1347) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle). Sweet scent of roasted malt, figs and raisins. Taste of roasted malt, raisins, caramel and hops. A little too much sweetness in the taste.
koleminer20 (807) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From notes. Enjoyed at the Ashley’s Rare & Vintage Beer TasteFest on June 07. The pour is a nice ruby color with a light tan head and some sporadic lacing. The aroma is really hot up front. Lots of bourbon and vanilla that fades through a nice caramel malt and a good hoppiness to follow. For the woodiness and vanilla, I love the hoppiness. The flavor also packs some heat. Very earthy, with light roast and a dark fruit presence , while remaining hoppy and dry on the back end. The mough feel is thin, not much carbonation, and the aftertaste is excessively woody and just a touch off, maybe leathery?
pdx77 (1461) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Roscoe’s for Sierra Nevada Summit/Tap Takeover. Super thick copper amber color with tan head. Aroma is oxidized caramel, citrus, and toffee. Taste is incredible, with caramel, toffee, pitted fruit, bitter grapefruit, oxidation, and oak. For such a mishmash of beers, it is very well-balanced.