badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very dark brown with a creamy off white head. Big caramel, citrus hops, and alcohol aroma and taste with some roasted grain notes on the back end.
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Dark brown red, with a thick head. Beautifully settled. Aroma is surprisingly easy citrus, booze, and caramel. Flavor is similar with more emphasis on big bad fruits all boozed up. Great!
Ibrew2or3 (7344) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet bonus beer courtesy of ksurkin. Pours dark clear amber with tan head. The aroma is full with musty sludgy sweet malts, some caramel, loads and loads of pine hops and grassy resin. The taste is thick and sweet with malty musty chewiness moving into intense sludgy pine hoppiness and resiny goodness. The finish has fading malt sweetness mixing with robust pine hops that slowly fade away deep in the after taste. Wow! My kind of beer.
markwise (4606) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to IBrew2or3 for the share. Pours caramel brown with a tan head. Nose is caramel, raisin, brandy, brown sugar, and spice. Flavor is caramel, raisin, brandy, hops, and toffee. Lingering sweetness quickly dissipates into bitterness. Intriguing beer.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a clear copper body with a large tan head that hangs around for a bit. Lavish sticky lacing is left on the glass. Huge malt aroma has toffee, toasted caramel and molasses. Tropical fruits(pineapple and mango) are also noticed. Chewy and almost full body has moderate carbonation. Taste is dominated by the chewy toffee and caramel maltiness. Citrusy and earthy hops struggle to balance. Alcohol is concealed very well, quite a feat for a 12.5% abv. but some warmth does show up as it nears room temperature. Definitely a sipper, and more like a barleywine than a big IPA.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brownish amber with thick, frothy tan head. Looks like a brown ale in the glass. Aroma of caramel malt. Taste has huge malt flavor of caramel and toffee with piney hops in the finish. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Definitely more malt driven than hops. Decent beer.
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a dark red amber with a two finger off-white head that settles to one slowly. Maintain excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of big malt and hops. The flavor was of big malt, hops, and a spicy note. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was very nice. There was no sign of the alcohol flavor anywhere in this one (minus just the spicy hint) as it was masked quite well with the big malt. It was not overly drinkable however. This one could sneak up on your easily if you aren’t careful weighing in as a heavy hitter.
joergen (22603) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bishops Arms Marina, Helsingborg.
Clear orange red coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits, hops and pine needles.
Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits, liquorice, hops, alcohol and grape fruits.
Dry hoppy and warming alcoholic finish.
wavers1 (910) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle , nice extra from a great trader! thanks! nice dark amber pour with slow rising slightly cascading bubbles/head. the aroma is nice, both very malty and hoppy, smells like a nice candy. the taste is nice, good malt presence, good hop presence, pretty well balanced, yet not the most interesting hop profile. the palate is very nice for the abv, slightly drying and bitter. good stuff, i always love me a good 12%+ iipa!
omhper (20606) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at Bishop’s Arms Vasagatan, Stockholm. Clear mahogany colour, rich head. Arousing peach brandy and buttery malt fight for attention in the nose. The grapefruity hops remain a distant third. Sweet and full bodied with fairly soft, chewy mouthfeel. Plenty of butterscotch and caramel. Growing late bitterness. Peppery alcohol has a slight tendency to skew the balance in an otherwise harmonious huge beer.