ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a dark copper, deep red color and forms a crazy thick, frothy medium brown colored head. The lacing on the glass is mountainous. Mountainous. The aroma is strong of burnt caramel and alcohol, with a touch of what seems like either a roasted malt bitterness or a sincere dosage of resinous hop acidity. Even notes of alcohol-infused, crystallized pit fruits. And hops. The flavor has a bite to it, but mostly in the finish. Up front it screams mostly of burnt caramel and hop bitterness, while mid-palate it tastes like a strongly-flavored double IPA. But then the sharp burnt caramel comes right back.
While the body is perfect for a double IPA, the presence of the very much burnt caramel adds an almost uncomfortable bite to an already bitter hop flavor. It finishes with more burnt caramel and hop bitterness. It’s sharp, nearly harsh, and right to the point. Nothing keeps this beer cozies up to your taste buds. It’s all business. Lord business. It really tastes like there’s much more alcohol in this than there really is, especially in the finish, and that sharp alcohol presence adds to the harshness. Some of the pit fruits emerge as well, making this taste very much like a fermented fruitcake infused with rum. That said, sounds pretty good, eh?
aleigator (470) - GERMANY - JUL 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ember-brown color, with a big, froth head.
Contains lots of sweet malts, along with a very inviting, fruity hoppiness, which is quite straight forward and intense on the nose.
Begins with bready, toasty malts, which turn sweeter, into a dark fruity direction with hints of syrup. Then the slick hop fruitiness gets mingled up with earthy malts, creating an enjoyable complexity. Hops then turn dryer with spicy, stingy hints, enhanced by a slightly metallic, lively carbonation. Finish is also centered on the hops, with stone-fruits and lime, a pleasant dryness, while warming malts are still being recognizable. Malts accompany the hops in an outstanding, well balanced way, which in the end, lets the hops stand out even more. Again, Sierra Nevada sticks out for me, as they are brewing blueprints of particular beer-styles, very clean and thoughtful.
Theydon_Bois (12738) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Chriso going Dutch tasting, 03/07/14.
Dark amber with reddish hues and a good sized light beige covering.
Nose is bitter citric peel, caramel malt, light spice, nutty tones, blood orange.
Taste comprises red grapefruit, bitter hops, pine, caramel, candied fruit peel.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
madmitch76 (18167) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd July 2014
Craig on Heat Tasting at ChrisO’s. Lightly hazy deep orange amber beer, good pale tan head. Palate is airy and light, good fince carbonation. Light airy malts with a bitter toffee - caramel streak. Bitter marmalade hops. Whisper of red berry fruits. Hop spice. Light dry finish. Good stuff.
cgarvieuk (17335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at chrisOs... Deep red brown... Small tan head... Soft dry toffee malts nosr... Soft sweet toffee fruits malt
mzaar (2051) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska, ebest SB. Mörkrödbrun öl med gräddigt smutsvitt skum. Dofter av grapefrukt, persika, plommon, citrus och torkad frukt. Smakinslag av grapefrukt, karamell, apelsinskal, malt och torkad frukt. Mjuk och rund munkänsla. Medel mot stor beska. Försiktig sötma. Något för framträdande alkohol. Fyllig kropp.
Cunningham (5673) - Halden, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Deep amber color with a fine tan head. Lovely lacing down the glass.
Aroma: Fruity, malty and grapefruit hoppy.
Palate: Full to medium body. Slightly sweet, and a fresh bitterness. Average carbonation. Oily texture.
Taste: Malty, plum, nutty, bready and grapefruit hoppy.
Overall impression: Powerful and nice hoppy ale in the fruit basket.
Personal stats: Bottle from Systembolaget web order, Sweden
zacgillbanks (3204) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Trembling Madness, York. A dark hazy copper-red coloured beer with a very rich red rich fruity flavour, burnt toffee, pine and sarsaparilla notes and a bitter pine finish.
Burgers (334) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy dark amber with fair ecru head. Initial aroma overpowering hops later caramel and faint dried red fruits and nuts. Moderately sweet, quite bitter. Very sustained carbonation. Finish prolonged tempered bitter.
Crille (90) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark red with a nice white head. Aroma is nuts, fruity, pine and toffee. The taste is grass, caramel, honey and some nice hop flavor. Very nice american strong ale.