crossovert (7202) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As with the stone vertical epic beers these ones seem to be marketing efforts first. This one is your standard amber strong ale. Some spices, not really any malt or hop character.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 bottle from Capone’s, Blue Dog, and Smith’s. Pours hazy gold with minimal head. Nose is apricotty fruit, mild funky yeasty, hopcitrus. Tasted dry, fruity, cloying, with mid-palate hops, and an overall discombobulated holism. I actually found it hard to finish, as it just didn’t meld together.
emacgee (4005) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Soft amber gold pour with haze and one finger of off white head. Rich nose, ginger and cinnamon show with a touch of alcohol and bread dough. Raw fruit and sharp alcohol. Tad acidic, pineapple shows. Weird. Underattenuated and way too rich. Full bodied.
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. No head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, tropical fruit, some alcohol, light candi sugar. Taste is sweet, orange, papaya, some candi sugar, light alcohol, lemon. Sticky full body, no carbonation.
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from Malt & Vine. Pours somewhere between orange and copper with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is pineapple, mixed spice. Maybe a hint of ginger. It has that Belgian yeast smell as well. Med + body. Flavor is pineapple, mixed spice, pretty sure ginger. As a separate consideration Belgian yeast/spice might also fit. It is rather sweet/sour. Or sweet/tart. This stuff is challenging my descriptive powers. It really puts a grip on the taste buds. Heat is not an issue. At least not initially. That pineapple seems to be the single identifiable dominant characteristic.
Theydon_Bois (8102) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Peter but ultimately Myrna, 30/12/12.
Hazed light to mid golden with a thin off white head that escapes to edgeville.
Nose carries sweet candied sugars, malt, spice, caramel, dark ripe fruits, touch of booze.
Taste comprises pineapple, sweet sugars, caramel, dark fruits, a little spice.
Full bodied, soft carbonation, boozey finish.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Pours hazy honey amber color with a tight sudsy off white head that fades to a film and collar. Aroma has cinnamon ginger and yeast candied sugar with booze. Flavor is warming booze candied sugar yeast strong ginger cinnamon and finishes bitter tart fruit. Palate is full slick and syrupy.
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Poured a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma of strong alcohol, grassy hop, and sweet, syrupy candy sugar. A strong alcohol presence up front with a sweet fruity tang that fades into the finish with a lingering tang and bitterness and sweet alcohol burn. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Date: December 27, 2012
Source: Rare Beer Club
Appearance: cloudy dark gold, frothy white head
Aroma: sweet and fruity aroma, light mustyness, sweet pineapple, touch of spicy ginger
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, lots of rich pineapple, light spicyness, fruity esters blend well with the added fruit, spices are almost too subtle
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
devman171 (949) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2013 pours orangish yellow with low foam, smell is spice and pineapple, its a bit heavy on the alcohol finish for me, but not bad.