dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2007 vintage thanks to Stfun. Think this is definitely past it’s prime. Pours a very dark amber, almost brown with medium off-white head. Aroma of floral with slightly citrus hops, pretty mild, wet cardboard, caramel, and strong malt. Flavor matches well, has a strong dried fruit taste in addition. Think this has the potential for more and need to try it fresh in the 09 release.
BrettTaylor (364) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Medium amounts of lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel, hops (citrus). Taste is initially a touch sweet, then a touch if bitterness, then a smooth round malty finish. Excellent with a good burger.
rollinsr (332) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JAN 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours Amber with no head. Aroma is sweet and somewhat lightly hopped. Flavor is sweet and surprisingly blunt. There is nice cherry notes as well. Finish is very smooth with a sweet finish.
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mike5326 (614) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 Poured from a bottle. Medium amber color, medium off white frothy head. Alcohol and malt aroma. Slightly oil texture with a good malt and hops mix.
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harrymel (1434) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brownish red with flecks of yeast cycling around in the ale with three fingers of persistent caramel foam. Strong sheet of lace. Smells good and malty, some toffee, tea and hints of mushrooms. Also smelling some brown sugar.
Nice malty, sweet ale with some nougat tones and some nice white cake flavor. Nothing particularly complex, but the yeast seems to add a nice nutty element and this one is dangerously drinkable. Wish there were some spicy bittering from hops, but hey, can’t always have it all.
Decent enough brew. I like the malt profile on this beer, but I like a little more hop character in my Red/Impy reds.
Serving type: bottle
ljstephenson (244) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cloudy blood orange pour with well laced white head. Aroma is sweet with malt and some pine. Flavor is strong hops & pine, moderate alcohol presence and heavy malt. Finish is strong but balanced malt and hop.
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.
Thewade (260) - USA - OCT 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, hoppy, and rich. Always look forward to this every year. Very good fresh, and holds up well in the cellar for a year.
S_Side_Smitty (379) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a nice coppery-brown with a small off white head. Aroma has that candy-like white pine (sweetly bitter) aroma with a little malt background. Taste is exactly like aroma with lemon, orange, pine & spruce up front fading to a truly interesting chocolate & malt finish. I’ve never had a DIPA like this one and I have to say it is the most shockingly complex and agreeable DIPA I’ve ever had - no exaggeration! You know, it’s kinda like candied orange dipped in chocolate! Absolutely amazing!
Westchesterco (751) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from a bottle clear amber with a slight head. The aroma is caramel and the taste is of toffee and malt. Rather than hoppy. So why is it hop monster?
kermis (4188) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with iphonephan and others. Pours hazy amber with a cream head. Aroma of malt, caramel, toffee and citrus. Flavour is over moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.