CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the 2007 GTMW: Pours a murky dark bronze with a full, frothy light tan head. Enticing aroma of nice lightly toasted sweet caramel malt with a lot of fresh resiny piny hops. Body starts with nice, thick sweet caramel maltiness and good smooth fresh grapefruity flavor and bittering hop balance throughout toward a nice crisp flavorful bittersweet finish.
isnus (7) - USA - OCT 12, 2007 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very tasty. Like furious but a little creamier and less bitter. Maybe more floral hop taste? I had it cask drawn at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis and was hands down my favorite out of the 40 or so I tasted (150+ available). I wish I could buy it!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ GTMW. Hazed and peachy amber in color with a stiff, tan, fuzzy and ever lasting head. Aroma rings with sweet volatility as aged grapefruit rind, ruby red grapefruit pulp, apricot cotton and peach nectar come to call. A hint of tangerines sneak in the back end. Flavor is monumentally sweet, bitter and astoundingly oily. Thick stuff. Mangos gain sweet momentum with an apricot and peachy substance similarity. Oily gloss continues to glide into the night. Gentle carbonation gives further purpose to the substantive body and joins the winners circle with candied apricot oil. Mango rhythmically caresses the palate. The word “thickness” doesn’t begin to define the palate load. Honey sealed mandarins and apricots create a glossy palate memoir for the finish.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW. Surly gets a nod for having the most exciting special release beers of the day. Nice work to Omar and crew! There were a few better IIPAs that day, but nonetheless, this was a solid beer. Notes of citrus on the nose lead into considerably more on the palate. Lemon zest dominates, with a thick hay and grass presence that coated the tongue. It certainly was sweeter than expected (as was Double Bender for some reason), which was not what I was expecting. I actually enjoyed the casked Furious better that day, but this was a noteworthy experiment.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 On tap at the GTMW
Murky orange, pushing brown, with a light tan head. Aromas of mango, apricot, pine, and lawn clippings. Nice. This beer tasted like wort. It felt like wort in my mouth. Really, I might as well been drinking a gravity sample. All of the hops saved this beer
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at GTMW. Poured a murky deep caramel with a huge cap of creamy beige head. Aroma picked up soft caramel and dusty, bready notes with a huge grapefruit and floral hop presence.. hops came off a bit too heavy, but this still struck a solid chord with me. Heavy caramel and grapefruit meat at the flavor core along with other light fruity sweetness (very sweet overall).. very heavy grapefruit bitterness along with some darker fruits and graininess around the edges. Medium + bodied and too sweet on the palate.. boozy warmth at the back-end.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
GTMW. Only had to walk a couple of steps from Three Floyds table to try this special taping. Thank God for the pretzels and bread! Dark Amber color. Smell of citrus peal, malt, grapefruit, pine, grass, caramel, more citrus and hops. Taste is supper hopy and bitter with sugar, malt, pine, citrus, flowers, caramel/toffee and grass. Its a little below FFF’s Dreadnaught.
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GTMW 2007. The beer was quite good. Poured to a muddy amber/orange body with a thick creamy tan head that was very tall. The aroma is cookies, dough, and butter with some resinous hops. The flavor was cookie malts, molasses, and caramel, with a moderate pine and spruce hop and buttered toffee. The palate has a moderate bitterness and medium-long finish with a full creamy and oily texture. Resinous. I liked the standard and/or tea-bagged versions better.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Draft at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Wow. I’m almost too blown away for words. Amazing nose of bright, sweet, piny, resinous and fruity hops. There’s also some nice caramel malt to balance all those hops. Pours a cloudy brown/copper with a huge head that takes forever to subside. Flavor... oh the flavor! Big, rich and oily hops. Tangerine, pine, mango and apricot. Stunning! For all the huge hops, it’s really quite balanced. Loads and loads of hops and malt. On the palate, it’s rich, viscous and mouth coating. Truly phenomenal!!!