obguthr (3634) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma of grapefruit which overpowers everything else, but the smell of caramel malts are also buried in there. Cloudy brown with a medium yellow head. It tastes of freshly varnished wood. Resinous mouthfeel and excessive alcohol. This beer is a tribute to excess. If that rings your bell, you’ll love it. I prefer balance and moderation.
lb4lb (2453) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark muddy reddish brown with tan head. Smell is hops and malt in a iced tea and toffee way with a bit of booze. Taste is bitter and sweet with hops, grass, resin, tea, & caramel. Body is syrupy and rich. Tastes pretty good fresh, but will likely be sweet and gross in time.
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from Sam’s Quikstop. Great aroma, sweet, citrus, caramel, little minty / pine. Dark brownish orange color, good head that faded quick. Spotty lace. Bitter sweet flavor, citrus and pine. little detergenty astringent taste. Medium body Lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finishAroma was highlight for me, flavor took a turn for the worst, well maybe not worst, but a downturn non the less. Seem kind of thin bodied to me for a big beer....
piscator34 (1946) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled sample via and shared with oakbluff. Deep red colour with moderate carbonation. Quite malty on the nose with notes of cereal grains, lightly toasted malts, and some unspecific citrus. Bitter, boozy,a nd malty in the mouth, with notes of green grassy hops, pine, crystal malts, and chocolate orange candy. Nothing subtle about this beer. Fairly enjoyable overall, but a bit of a blunt instrument.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed 8/31/2009 (Bottle dated June 2009):
Pours a clearish reddish brown color body, small light tan colored head, somewhat lasting. Malty bitter aroma, hoppy grapefruity. Very bitter, dusty. Malty grapefruity taste, dusty. Good aftertaste, balances the hoppiness up front.
tomthompson89 (1896) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
well the color on this is great dark amber color with some beige head, nose is resiny hops some caramel malt. flavor is bitter the resin makes it to the flavor some sweetness good beer but not the fav.
Sigmund (4932) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, RBNAG 2009 in Vatlandsvåg. Reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Unfresh aroma, notes of stale marmalade, American caramel malts and American hops. Distinct and bitter flavour of American hops, on a background of caramel malts.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 Tap at Rattle’n’Hum. Brutally hoppy, but not in a good way, and overloaded with booze. The hops are bitter and astringent and really not too juicy, almost all pine and syrup. Thick body, way too much crystal. Not my kind of beer at all.
EithCubes (4699) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Deep ruby pour with a foamy tan head. Huge, huge hop nose - musty, sweaty, exotic fruits and caramel. Very, very strongly bitter taste with huge caramel and huge, gritty resin. Hot, raw, burning alcohol, slick and goopy. Really raw and spiky-haired, very abrasive steel-wool quality. Body is very thick, aftertaste warms the chest, hot and extremely bitter, resinous, dry. Fun for a sip or two, but too much!
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft pour, deep red color. Very much more likea barleywine than an IPA, with a roasted flavor that was a little..off...to my taste. Got better as the beer warmed. Probably not a beer I’d get again.