Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Serious EPA. Probably the best American brewed EPA I have ever had.
Westmeister (1299) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. First sip hmmm just ok. Second thatís different. Then by the third I truly think they crafted something unique and beautiful here. Pours a amber/ruby with thin head. After a few sips not much lace but more of a syrupy film. Smell is sweet caramel, bread, dark ripe fruits and sugar cane. Taste initially was sweet caramel but lends to some dark fruit, breadiness, earthy hops, more caramel, cotton candy, some yeast. For 10%, it doesnít show hardly any booze, however it is quite sweet, but in a very soft and not sickening way. In fact, the whole flavor profile is rich and full, but very mild. Reminds me of the bastard love child of an imperial amber, quad and barley wine. Mouthfeel is sloshy and oily. Very nice.
arkurzynski (1289) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to GAManiac. Brilliant red-amber with light tan head that dissipates rather rapidly. Soft citrus/light pine with dried dark fruit, caramel malt, and toasted malt. Citrus bitterness gives way to a pleasantly sweet malt backbone of toasted malt and some dark fruit. Light lingering bitterness and fruit. Some noticeable alcohol with light burn, but not overly detracting. In some ways it reminds me a bit of Lord Admiral Nelson from FFF. Maybe a tad sweeter and less dry. A success.
peteinSD (1175) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from I forget - thanks anyway! Hazy light brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is thick caramel and sweet malt with darker fruit notes and background pine bitterness. Taste is smooth caramel, sweet malt, barley wine type notes, figs, and a pleasant hop bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. Generally not a fan of the high ABV, strong ale type beers but this was balanced and enjoyable. Very nice beer.
Errl (1103) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at RBWG- Nose is Matls, sugar, spice..Taste is Vanilla, Malts, bold hops, spice, bitterness, cream..Palate is heavy and malty..
Hangover (999) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice copper pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with some caramel and alcohol. Flavor is very malty, with hints of molasses, licorice and dried dark fruit. I would actually call this one a tad on the harsh side but the bottle did state that it could be aged. I imagine this would mellow it out a bit and make it even smoother if given a bit more time. Still, itís a nice, malty ale.
GTAEgeek (940) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark copper with a medium tan head and some slippery lacing. The aroma is grass, caramel, resin and herbal hops, and molasses. The flavor is very sweet and fairly bitter. The palate is heavy, astringent, and lively. The aftertaste is long, bitter, and a little sour. Overall, this is a strong, flavorful, and complex beer.
AR (937) - Georgia, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big variety of flavors in this one. There is primarily caramel, but with a big hop presence. Add in a little rum on the side. The flavors change a little as the beer warms. Good complexity.
mixmasterob (871) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber/orange pour with no head. Aroma was full of caramel and earthy hops, notes of citrus lingered in the background. Earthy describes it well. Flavors were heavy on the caramel malt side without being too sweet. Nicely done. Nice bitter hop flavors throughout, actually well balanced given how big it is. Overall I thought this was a winner. Love how they went back to their roots for their big anniversary brew. The alcohol was incredibly well hidden, this was almost too drinkable. Mouthfeel was oily and slick, super smooth. They havenít brewed a beer this big in a long time and pulled it off in great fashion. Cheers to the dudes at SW.
elgiacomo (744) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, very fresh release. Served at around 45F.
Pours lightly cloudy copper/amber with a nice two finger off-white light beige head that leaves really nice sticky bubbles of drippy lacing and recedes to a foamy island and ring. Before long, all head and lacing disappear for a flat appearance.
Aroma is caramel, toffee, grassy and earthy hops, fairly fruity, bread. Pretty sweet, some alcohol. Good strength.
Flavor starts with some sweet malt, toffee, caramel, some fruit, some bread, molasses, finishes with a nice hop punch featuring some pine, grass and citrus, good bitterness on the finish. Quite a bit of candy sweetness throughout (akin to the recent Dank Tank 420). Decent bit of alcohol at the end as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a bit sticky, moderate carbonation.
Initially I was rather meh on this, but let it warm up a bit and it starts to open up. Let it warm too much and it just gets messy. Still a bit sweeter than I like for my tastes, and IMHO a style that doesnít really need to be jacked up to 10% ABV. To be honest I wouldíve liked to seen a little more from a big anniversary brew.