OldGrowth (2421) - 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 (1884) - 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 (1862) - 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 (4680) - 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 (3232) - 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 (4579) - 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.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Thick, highly carbonated and dark amber body with a dense offwhite head. Spicy hop aroma. Candied orange, ginger, musk, pine, grapefruit, very light caramel background notes. No kidding about the bitterness. Over the top on purpose is hard to criticize, especially with the nice depth of flavor. Opens with a pungent pineyness before a wave of bitterness that completely inhibits any taste perception. As the senses return, there is a slight sweetness with orange and pine lingering into the still-bitter aftertaste. Palate is simply destroyed with a dryness that almost hurts. As my sense of taste becomes accustomed to the alphabombery, more malt depth is apparent but a rough alcohol presence is as well. The bitterness and chemical burn forge into a very harsh sensation. Maybe I’m just not worthy. Chalk another one up on the side of extremity over beauty.
OliverG (276) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Contrairement à la 12ième anniverssaire, la 13ième m’a fortement déçu. Elle ressemble beaucoup plus à une double Ipa, qu’à une strong ale. De couleur brune foncée, elle dégage de fortes odeurs d’houblon. Légèrement épicée et avec des notes de sapins, elle est pas très bien balancée. On a ici affaire à une bière très houblonnée, sans grande nouveauté.