arkurzynski (1611) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW. Deep orange/red/brown. Aroma mostly big fruity malt and hops, a tinge of booze, and some background wood notes. Flavor is, again, largely the grab-bag mix of fruity-like malt with hop bitterness to match. Sweet, but not too sweet. Big and bold with some dry woodiness towards the middle to end, that I think is brought out even more from the alcohol. Mild to moderate booziness, slight tannin. I actually think this drinks pretty good right now, but certainly could use some age.
Atom (1488) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap pours a copper/orange with a large white head. Aroma of wood, oranges, caramel, honey, not picking up the booze that is about to slam me. Taste is almost straight booze, sweet under the heat, some wood spice, caramel, and citrus. Itís just dominated by booze. I canít even tell if this would be any good if the abv was less. Iím not even sure this will age well as the booze is just too heavy and the other flavors, already light as is, will fade too. Time will tell though, but at this point I couldnít finish the glass.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap. Bright copper color with a medium sized fluffy head. This looks very nice. Messy aroma. Oak, honey, slight citrus, and boozy. Not starting off well. Sweet as balls. Thick and syrupy body. Lots of fruit, plenty of residual sugar, some bitterness in the finish. Iím not liking this. Thick, sweet, boozy. This shit is the Black Tuesday of the Midwest. I canít fathom taking more than 3 sips of this, as the first 2 have already been difficult.
TheHOFF43 (1760) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at White Horse in St. Cloud, MN (only $6!) out of a tulip glass
Solid aroma that poured a nice hazy orange color. Initially very sweet then the hoppy flavors shone through with a strong finish. Not as boozy as I was expecting. Overall a fun beer to drink, excited to see how the 4 bottles I have age and change.
Steve_0 (2909) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Bottle at Home, courtesy of Armin. Thanks Man! Poured golden-orange in appearance with a small head that quickly dissipated. Spice, alcohol, wood, toffee, and fruity esters. Taste is oak, clove, a hint of vanilla, boozy, but very wood-forward, if that is even a thing. Light body with medium carbonation. Pretty hot right now and a touch sweet, but not really my thing.
adnielsen (9533) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Stephenís house, courtesy of Armin. Thanks! A touch hazy, golden orange appearance with a cream colored head. Boozy, spirit, herbal woody, light orange citrusy, quite sweet aroma. Tangy, zippy, white grape, somewhat spicy, woody, lemon, orange citrusy, caramel, herbal flavor with some boozy, sweet, woody finish.
arminjewell (6752) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 750 mL, clear orange pour with white head, aroma has notes of fruit, some hints of sweet caramel, lots of wood, bread, biscuit, some sweet vanilla, touch of booze, hints of orange and white fruits as well. Taste is a mix of tart fruits and acidic malts, hints of caramel, vanilla, lots of oak and woody notes, some heat in there. Its ok, but really thin and empty in flavors, maybe would be age well but not really a fan.
nsquishee (620) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I would say this is like a triple or quadruple IPA with slightly less malting and thickness than you would expect. Huge hops and fruity, citrus notes. Very boozy nose and finish. A very pleasurable sipper though, because you know you are getting good flavor combined with the intense waft of booze.
Bacterial (1776) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a nice thick white head, a little of which will stick around as you sip. Nose is sweet, tart, fruity and bright. And then the mosh pit of flavors hits you across the face like a strong backhand from Todd (ok, Iím just imagining this, he never actually hit me). There is no style for this beer. Nothing like this has been done. The various woods used come together to balance out the sweetness of this beer/Barleywine. There is some warming, but not hot heat booze. What heat there is gets balanced out by the hops that linger. This beer has some chameleon properties, changing with temperature and with what you happen to be eating. Very unique. Some folks will hate it, some will love it.
ElGaucho (2253) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Republic. Glad to come across this since clearly not enough was made available in stores. Strong aroma with some sweetness. Mostly clear copper body with a lasting creamy off white head. Initial mouthfeel is a piercing, hot shot to the senses. Some sourness. Quite good. Warming. Needs some time to mellow.