Lukaduke (2660) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep golden color with a thick frothy head that laces and sticks nicely. The nose is full of Belgian spices, sugary pineapple and some floral notes. The palate is rich and round with big pineapple notes on the front and backend with a nice mellow sweet spiced midpalate. Lingering sweetness and a touch of spice help balance the beer but its pretty overwhelming and definitely a beer you have to share with a couple people... glad I brought it along to a tasting !
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with almost no head. Nose of sweet fruit; palate of pineapple and peach. Itís a little too boozy, to perhaps it needs to age. Dry, sticky sweet finish.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber Bottle: Pours a cloudy copperish golden orange with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Rich cake fruit aroma has hints of ginger and pineapple. Flavor is sweet and rich with hints of ginger and a tangy pineapple in the fruity finish. Very flavorful. I chose to drink now versus aging.
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullockís Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a deeply clouded, dark orange-yellow body with an initially tall, near white head that soon settles out leaving, appropriately, a ring of bubbles. Nil lacing.
Smell: Sweet-scented in the nose of candy-coated maltiness, given a generous dose of spices, and accompanying some rather cutting wafts of alcohol. Thereís a ranging fruitiness in the nose, initially, pineapple, but, then, more orchard fruits, and, with a little warmth, some banana puree.
Taste: Sweet, syrupy maltiness, but a fast adhesion of the tangy-tasting pineapple fruitiness, though thereís also some orchard fruit character and banana esters as well. Spicy yeast, aided by the peppery alcohol (a bit hot, actually), and boosted by the spice additions. Finishes out sweetish and fruity, leaving a little hot alcohol and spice to sit on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: To nobodyís surprise, itís sweet, spicy, fruity, and boozy - itís a beer requiring a tall glass of water and a long winterís nap.
crossovert (9089) - 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 (8500) - 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 Caponeís, Blue Dog, and Smithís. 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 didnít meld together.
emacgee (4361) - 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 (12033) - 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 (12308) - 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 (12578) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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.