Scopey (5520) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Thistle News. It pours deep red with a medium yellow-white head. The nose is bitter-sweet, pine, varnish, jammy berry and Dr Pepper. The taste is varnish, pine, caramel, red berry, jam, cherry cola, citrus peel and some alcohol. Med+ body and moderate carbonation. Decent.
larsniclas (5356) - Billdal, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from Systembolaget
Dark ruby red with a small head.
Vinous aroma with red berries and grape-juice.
Salty Liquorice, red berries and resin in the flavour.
ekstedt (5211) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (35 cl) from Systembolaget. CLear copper, medium tan head. Caramelly malt aroma followed by piney, spicy and citric hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, medium to high bitterness.
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Attractive cooper-ruby pour with a medium, frothy tan head. Aroma is strong caramel, citrus, floral hops, toasted bread and soft malt. Taste is citrusy hops, floral hops, earthy notes, abundant caramel, toasted malt and dark bread. Body is medium-full and chewy with a dense, creamy carbonation. Finishes with more citrus notes, strong caramel, toasted malt, earthy notes, dark bread and floral hops.
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Paul’s. Pours a clear dark red body with thin lacing. Aroma is floral and bitter pine. Mouthfeel is spiced with notes of pine resin, malt, lots of spice and a touch of booze.
DrSilverworm (5024) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, 2013 vintage, beer camp #95. Dark red color, with lots of fine particles suspended in the body. Good thin khaki head, leaves decent lace. Piney, grapefruity, spicy big west coast hops, here. Spicy, chocolate malts, light caramel. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter, kind of tingly / softer carbonation, with a more dry finish. Bigger bitter taste, light sweet, and a spicy finish. Good assertively hoppy, spicy imperial red!
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So, this is a malty IPA? Really hoppy Barleywine? Seems something like that. Lots of sweet, caramel malts and a big woodsy hop finish. Pretty good, if not really ground breaking.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Imperial ale flavor. Good alcohol flavor mixed with hops and good citrus finish. Very tasty beer.
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby - fairly impressive lace - nose is about what you’d expect, which isn’t to say it’s bad, just predictable - a heavy dose of sweet caramel and dark fruit followed by an assertive and citrus heavy hop onslaught - creamy, full mouthfeel - extremely bitter and aggressive, but SN know how to pull this off without it being abrasive, which they do here - malts are rich and full, but still take a back seat to those assertive citric and woody hops - certainly a good rendition, but they did one of these in last year’s beer camp release - they also have yet another IPA in there - I certainly hope they release some unique beers next year because right now they just seem to be going through the motions.
EithCubes (4626) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (and three more coming up!). Beautiful huge hoppy nose, heavy citrus with pine and resin, some caramel and grass, but man, that citric hopping is fresh and very attractive. Pours a dark mahogany with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head, lace. Taste is bone dry and tongue scraping, some alcohol showing, deep caramel and toffee, earth, strongly bitter but not scathing or overly aggressive, just a firm and chewy example. Tremendous pine! Light spice, faint floral notes (even lavender) and medium citrus (in a turn-down from the appetizer). Even manages some deft tropical pith/rind. Lightly crisp medium-full body, has some gin-type spirit spicing, light pepper, very pleasant. Very light touches of soap. Alcohol on the whole well-integrated, more like a 6% IPA, and the overall effect despite the intense bitterness/resin is one of smooth calmness! Wow, I might even like this better than Celebration, which is clearly a cousin. A great one, really jumps outta the goddamn glass!