chinchill (2430) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An abundance of off-white head out of the tap, with a yellow gold liquid underneath. The head leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The generous carbonation also influenced the mouthfeel making feel, I think, lighter than it would otherwise.
This is one boozy beer, and the high ABV is evident but not objectionable in the nose, but too overpowering in the taste. It also lends some burn and harshness to the mouthfeel, in addition to some warming. The beer also may be mis-classified as a DIPA ... it is more like a barleywine and a bit like a Belgian tripel. There is a definite hop contribution, but also a substantial balance from sweet caramel malts. Neither the high IBU (111) nor the high ABV (12.5%) seem quite so high.
O - you want a super high ABV beer? ... usually sacrifices need to be made in mouthfeel and taste. Such is the case here although the negative effects are not as pronounced as a 12.5% reading would often produce.
Cunningham (5073) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good looking unclear amber color with a fine thick tan head. Nice lacing. Toffee, nutty, fruity and hoppy aroma with some alcohol coming up. Full body. Tad sweet and a fine bitterness. Soft to average carbonation. Lots of caramel and toffee. Pleasant round fruitiness. Not to well masked alcohol. Nice evening sipper. More like a hoppy barley wine after a while.
[Bottle from a trade with tony_gorilla]
hfmejias (889) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Nice looking beer; poured clear, dark amber, nice tan head, lots of carbonation and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma Is mostly malty, but there is also booze, and some hops notes; quite earthy. Taste is consistent; sweetness from malts, quite boozy, and quite hoppy. A sipper, but a very good one, very enjoyable.
rondphoto (2456) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle @ Habersham Beverage / Savannah GA --- Clear amber brown with a tan head cover, light sprays of lace. Taste is potent dark fruit and malt that explodes its way through the palate to an end that, while strongly bittered, has no chance against alcohol and more malt. Way more here than the bottle implies. Not for the faint of heart, but great for lovers of power malt.
skmikeg (1075) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a nice off white head with good lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, sweet malts, caramel, woody notes, and some very faint booze. Taste is similar to the aroma with the addition of dark fruits and toffee. Has a medium-full body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a semi-moderately bitter, long lingering, ever so slightly boozy finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty complex beer that tastes more like a strong ale and hides its extreme abv very well.
HomerBeerOdysy (52) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
APPEARANCE - Dark brown with a long-lasting medium-brown 4-finger head. Tons of lacing.
SMELL/AROMA/SCENT - Piney, sweet, herbaceous.
TASTE - Caramel-candy sweet, piney, nearly Stout flavor. Sweetness serves to mask high ABV.
MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - You have to sink your upper lip into the super-creamy head. A real smooth feel. Not syrupy. Some carbonation.
OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - This is so dark, it’s almost a Stout. But it’s a very enjoyable drink.
Desverger (2578) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Nya Tröls, Malmö - dark amber/brown pour with good off-white head. Sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel and toffee, big grapefruit, with some dark dried fruits, almost more barley wine than IIPA, but damn its good!
Gachupines (973) - USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber with a thin white head. Aroma is pine hops. Flavor is fairly mellow pine hops. Well balanced with some sweet malts and a bit of nuttiness.
jsmerig (1304) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy dark brown with a cream colored head. Taste is malty up front followed by an orange citrus well rounded flavor finishing dry with a little residual sweetness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
troyc (2776) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Tawny brown color with little head. Nose is of sweet malts, alcohol and a heavy grapefruit bitterness. Notes of sticky caramel, toffee, alcohol, fruity flavors, more grapefruit in the taste. Lingering harsh bitterness is reminiscent of varnish. A thick and heavy beer. Tasting notes from 2/2012.