Ernest (6157) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a note of black tea.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent.
A simple, caustic, astringent hop attack, but that’s probably what they were aiming for. Problem is, I’m not the right kinda target for this. Average aroma for the style, and crude and somewhat unpleasant in the mouth. Passable.
larsga (6140) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 15, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium offwhite head. Hazy amber body. Spicy citric oily aroma with earthy notes. Bittersweet earthy spicy linoleum taste with resiny orangey notes. Mid-bodied. Sharp, hot mouthfeel. Dry-bitter resiny oily spicy aftertaste with earthy herbal notes. A bit too sharp and busy. (0.65l bottle shared by gr0ve.)
arminjewell (6094) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Starts out hoppy and goes really really bitter and then goes back to a nice hoppy finish. Incredible, hops on top of hops profile.
after4ever (6087) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a grainy and quite opaque dark muddy brown. It has a gorgeous thick disc of creamy tan mousse on top, but watching the dirty surge of carbonation during the pour, it’s a face only a beer nerd could love. Lesser mortals would start to feel burpy and bloated just at the sight of the thing. Nice big sweet herbal/piney hops on the nose, almost a bright basil note in with the distinct tree-like notes. Thick, creamy body with plenty of tingling carb. Great body. Still tons of herbal/piney hops there on the mid-palate. Yes, Stone, there are toffee and sweet doughy malt notes on the mid-palate, but they’re under a serious pine-hop tsunami. Things start getting really resinous near the end, and there’s a long resiny finish after this stuff heads for the gullet. I’d like to point out that I had one bomber of this stuff and woke up snoring with my mouth closed last night, tilted over on the couch. I’m kinda surprised I didn’t see little bluebirds twirling around my head before I toppled over. This beer hits you like the depraved love child of Mike Tyson and a winged gargoyle.
HogTownHarry (6063) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 24, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. At Cole’s, Buffalo. Very dark amber, clear, nice tan head. Simple, lush, resin/cedar hop aroma, plenty of roast malt. The taste - same, intense conifer/resin bitterness, moderate alcohol, scorched caramel malt - aggressive, oh so good - I was very disappointed no bottles, I will be buying several. VERY lively mouthfeel, a real interplay of deep roast and fresh pungent pine/cedar hoppiness in the long linger - solid. Very, very solid.
mcberko (6029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours dark reddish brown with a beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts and citrusy hops. Flavour of molasses, dark fruits, caramel malts, with a nice balance of hops. Delicious.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, dark mercurichrome with tons of tan lace, aroma is heavy, malty pineapple, flavors are bready malts with lots of citrus and tropical fruit, nice bitter finish
drowland (5981) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 15, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Proof in a pint glass. Pours dark red with bright red highlights. The aroma is big hops all the way, mainly of the citrusy, pee, and almost sweaty variety. The flavor is big sweet up front with good fresh and citrusy hops, followed by some bitterness.
BVery (5978) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Tap at Toronado. Very deep red-brown pour. Big foamy white head. Aroma is resin, pine, caramel, and hop. Taste is very creamy and malty, caramel and malty. Fantastic.
blankboy (5971) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My 3300th rating!
Bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a cloudy amber-red with an average size frothy tan head. Nice aroma of resiny, piney hops along with caramel malt and tropical fruit. Flavour of caramel malt and lots of earthy, resiny hops along with fruit and a very bitter finish. Some alcohol but it’s reasonably well hidden. Medium bodied. Fantastic stuff!