Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Thanks, Darrell. Note impressed with this one at all. The nose is overloaded with malt and a bit of backing wood. Flavor is overly sweet with some backing woodiness and spice, plus a hefty amount of alcohol. Nothing I liked about this beer.
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV on 10/12/2012. The beer is a bright orange-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, citrus and oak. Full-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, cedar and piney hops. Fruit in the background. The finish is rich with a spice and malt up front and lingering alcohol. Decent overall.
JK (4603) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Autumn Brew Review 2012. Brown color. Strong aroma of alcohol. Flavor has caramel, brown sugar, and more alcohol. A big, boozy beer. I canít imagine drinking a bomber of this sweet beer with so much alcohol character.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle thanks to CLevar. Shared with the wife. First off great packaging by Surly, again. Pours hazy golden with a foamy white head. Aroma is more hoppy than I expected with an almost citrus like quality. The taste is fruity, citrus and goes down a lot smoother than I expected. OK I admit I didnít really think this would go down easy but it does for itís strength. That is a good thing in my book. A really nice fruity and citrus like quality thaty Iím digging and I hate most beers of this strength. As it warms it gets more dry presumably from the wood addition. It also gets a little much as it warms.
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle... Poured mildly hazy, golden orange with a thin, off-white head. Honey sweetness on the nose with a hint of wood. Warming alcohol, but amazing balanced and drinkable for the high abv. Woody incense tones, herbal, tea-like with earthiness, some malt sweetness. Honey-like and toffee-like sugars. Folks I was tasting with thought it was quite bitter, but I didnít detect much bitterness on this one for me. The wood and sugary tones really came through on my palate.
neepsntatties (1240) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by "misterplumpy". Colour...clear amber-gold with no head. Nose...distinctly woody and sappy with honey notes. Palate...bitter, astringent and somewhat chemically with woody notes and a lot of ethanol. Rather one dimensional as the ethanol rules the palate!
bookman10 (662) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an orangeish-yellow with minimal head that quickly dissipates. The flavor is quite sweet, almost like a Scottish ale. The alcohol is quite apparent in the aroma, though not so much in the flavor. I hope this is a beer that will taste better with age--itís not that great right now, sorry to say.
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Holy alcohol.... Hits you straight in the face with boozy notes followed by some Belgain ale style notes. This is a solid beer and hopefully will taste great with age!
theisti (3296) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle generously shared by Dansting. The pour is a hazed orange golden, with a minimal off white head. The aroma is sweet yeast spice, almost Trippel nose, and additional wood spice, reminded me a bit of cedar wood. The taste is big bright sweet malt, then the fresh wood cedar notes, and a big hot boozy finish. I say cedar, but the wood taste is much more complex than simply cedar. The alcohol is decently well integrated, though jumps out in the finish. Really over the top, though I will say that the 15% abv was well controlled. Having said that, this beer was still pretty over the top for my tastes. Thanks for opening this one Dan.
jcnielsen (2255) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thanks to adnielsen. Sampled at Midwest Beer Summit. Hoppy, malty, strong, boozy finish.