fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from ucusty. Pours a dark red with a off white head. Smells like a malty beer with some hop presence. Has a good red ale malt taste with some hop to it. Decent beer.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy red color with a large, frothy, dense brownish head. Lacing is very strong. Aromas of brown sugar, hints of spruce, and and roasted malts. Palate is creamy and smooth to start, but has a substantial aftertaste. Tastes of molasses and grapefruit, which as you may have guessed is not a good combination. This is a drain pour.
rbrazell (1414) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Fermentation. Deep amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is strong malt, resinous hops, booze and green vegetables. Flavor is a huge mess of hot alcohol, astringent hops, and overly sugar sweet caramel malt. Hated this.
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the Brewgrass Festival in Asheville, the hops were overly done. I like hoppy beers, but not a big fan of this one.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 8, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 Deep, rusty red in the glass, with a thin beige head. Looks quite decent in the snifter. Aroma suggests toasted malts, smooth caramel, and buttery richness to go along with the solid, resinous character. Really excited to try this, as I have liked spicy reds in the past. Flavor initially reflects the nose, but soon moves toward a very peculiar (and fairly unpleasant) vegetable/algae-like quality. This tempers a bit as it warms, and only appears in the slightly bitter finish, but still presents a major obstacle for me. Bad bottle? Did not seem ’infected’ by normal standards, but it is always a possibility. Perhaps it is simply my taste-buds (as this brew looks to be rated fairly highly by most others), but this just isn’t doing it for me. I am quite curious to learn what hops or particular aspect of the brewing process has lead to this peculiarity for me in the end result. I am glad to have been able to try it; but overall, someone needs to clean this turtle’s pond. 8-)
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
on tap at the Asheville brew festival. creamy white head. medium body. very hoppy as you would expect. some almond.
mattern33 (99) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Medium amber cloudy color. Malty aroma. Malty flavor nd palate. More malty than i like. Too malty; not a hop variety i enjoy. Eh.
cheap (3750) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2008
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Malodorous pine sap is olfactory of astringent tasting things to come. Darker than nearly all excessive IPAs and appears thick. Initial plowing impression is mouth coating soapy smooth lubricate. Quite nasty and repulsive to the pale lager aficionado. Some darker roasty backgrounds among the quite hoppy immature grapefruit rinds. Appalling bitter therapeutic finish, creepy. Seems less than 8%! However, this is all on style. Dig it. S6L3F1T3O5
SilkTork (5068) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2006
1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Kook’s Farewell Spank. Cheese and hop oil aroma - greasy and blurred. Intense, painful and unpleasant hoppiness. Not my thing at all. My mouth burns, and my throat gags.