alexsdad06 (8773) - Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a dark amber, copper color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts and not much else, a very light bitterness to the finish, this is closer to an English barley wine than a DIPA.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle, shared with local raters. Picked up from Habersham in Savannah on 2/23/15. Didn’t realize this was so big until just now... OK, you deserve to call it "extreme". Mostly clear red/brown color... Darker than expected. Little off-white head. No lace. In the nose... Some dark fruit, caramel, some warmth. Some grapefruit citrus hop in the flavor, but this is more malt forward. Not as uber-sweet as expected... I’ve had sweeter 12+% IPAs. But this is pretty sweet. Bigger sweet taste, moderate-plus bitterness too, and a mild bite on the finish. Bigger body, kind of slick texture. Lighter carbonation. Alright to try 4oz of, but I can easily imagine how quickly a whole bottle to myself would have gotten old quickly. I’m skeptical as to how fresh the bottle is, but no forgiveness can be given since this brewery doesn’t clearly mark dates (as far as I could see)
b3shine (7966) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle to taster (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks like a malt bomb; a semi-transparent dark copperish brown with very light caramel head that steadily dissipates into thin lacing. Smells like a sticky barleywine. Tastes like it smells with a sticky, bitter mouthfeel. Not good. Not good at all.
chinchill (4137) - 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 (6778) - 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 (1260) - Marshall, Minnesota, 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 (3884) - 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 (1709) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 (99) - 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 (7722) - 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!