HighWine (842) - Whalesbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to Arrogant Bastard "rocks" style glass. Wow, this is a Mapuche darker brew than I was expecting. Maple syrup color with a garnet hue. Thin khaki colored head that fades to a film surrounded by a thick, soapy collar around the glass. Aroma of carmelized sugar, lemon rind, and peach tea. The taste is extremely sweet followed by a bitter bite. Flavors remind m pe of golden brown sugar, agave nectar, cedar wood, lavender, and anise. This is very herbal. Creamy mouthfeel. Definitely unusual and I’d like to some of their other beers.
Belgian22 (17) - Deerfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This should be billed as an Abbey Quad Style / IPA hybrid. Before you actually taste, Abbey Quad is basically what this beer does. As it pours, sits in the tulip, laces, carbonates, and smells (at fridge temp) it’s Abbey all day. So much biscuit - also a ton of malt, maybe even a doppel bock sniff or two. Basically no signs yet of ’IPA’ OR hops.
Once you let it warm to the right temp and take a sip... yea not so much IPA.
I actually enjoy this, my second one (had the first 3 nights ago) and would still buy and enjoy under a more accurate heading - but can’t seem to find much of what you’d come to expect in strong IPA’s. Their non-traditional method for the beer explains the shift -
ICEatALAMO (534) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. The pour is a dark copper color with a nice steady head. The aroma is a nice nose full of hops. The taste has a lot of toffee throughout which pushes the hops to the back. A little bitter and boozy. Not as drinkable as they claim.
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punkis (1) - SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my absolute favourites. I could drink this all day. To bad it’s so strong I’ll probably pass out after a couple.
5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Deep copper, large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Very dark for an IPA... interesting.   Strong biscuity yet hoppy nose.   Minor orange peel and pith.   Alcoholic caramel and pith on the
tongue.   Oddly enough, a peanut butter and jelly sammich pairs well with this one.   One of those late night snacks when you have nothing left in the house.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   If this is 12.5%,
I am really surprised as its well hidden.   Not a bruiser, not real dainty either.   Feels like a strong hoppy/pithy imperial Amber Ale.   Malt background is pretty hefty, which works well to carry this beer.   Towards
the end of this bottle it gets a little cloying.   Certainly not a bright floral type of Imperial IPA.   Big malty and pithy example.   Almost moreso of an American Strong versus an Imperial IPA.   It really hides its ABV
well.   Thanks Jason for the bottle!
AxlLives (230) - Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle - pours dark brown-crimson with large, creamy tan head, excellent lacing and retention. Get some oaky orange notes with resiny hops and grassy aromas. Big, full bodied "IPA" with long finish. Taste is darker shade, with decent malt bill, lots of cool smooth candied fruit and piney resin hop notes. Like a small cousin to DFH 120. Great balance. Really good.
Tmoney36 (6) - - APR 21, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours reddish brown with quickly dissipating head. Malty, sweet aroma. Malty, hoppy, sweet barley wine type taste. Not a traditional IPA. Very smooth, well balanced taste. Excellent beer but is not exactly categorized correctly. This is a sweet, malty barley wine.
Dorwart (2266) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler. Large off-white head of fine and creamy bubbles. Leaves a thick sheet of sloppy lacing around the top of the glass. Lots of roasted grains, nuttiness, some piney hops and toffee. Color is a deep mahagony brown. Beautiful in color. Lots of roasted grains, sweet malts, a decent amount of piney bitterness which comes on strong late swallow and some burnt toast. Much stronger roasty and malt character than you would expect from a IIPA. Huge alcohol presence which does detract from the overall experience. Lingering cough syrup and thick chrewy malts. This is more in line with a barleywine or american strong ale than a IIPA. A decent beer but a bit over the top.
Beerman6686 (3125) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This one poured a dark red color with a beige head. With color like that, I already knew it was going to be too malty. Aroma was sticky figs and toffee, light citrusy hops. Flavor was bitter and very sweet, sticky caramel and toast, with not much hop flavor at all. Very candied and bad.
Cool_Bond (475) - Eskilstuna, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Heavy flavor and aroma with a very good taste. But this beer loses something special about the taste. Sadly.
alobar (2300) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Caramel brown pour with no head. Aroma of caramel,fruit, and hops. Caramel,molasses,dark fruit, and some hop bite flavor. Overall, really nice!