OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by jerc. Reddish brown with a lasting creamy and frothy tan head. Fruity, orange, piny, sherry, and alcohol aroma. Fruity, orange, persimmon, alcohol flavours with enough maple, caramel, bready, and candied fruit malts to keep the hops in line. Full bodied, syrupy and rich but smooth.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Chuck for the sample! Has a nice dark amber body and foamy white head. Nice malty aroma. Excellent flavor, plenty of hops and spices. Has a good body and texture, and good, lively carbonation. Overall, very good. This makes for an excellent sesquicentennial rating.
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 2008-04-11. Dark amber body, modest white head. (3+) Big hoppy aroma, grapefruit of varying levels of sweetness, moderatelemon and lemon seed notes. Very light resins in the background. Similar hop character in the flavour, citrus again but with more underlying malty sweetness supporting it. Smooth medium palate. Alcohol is all but invisible. Just really really good. 9/4/9/4+/19-20 2008 Vintage Bottle, Purple Wax, shared by DuctTape.
<P>Very nice amber body with a nice creamy beige head. (4+) Very leafy green hops and light malt whispers. Big hops in the flavour with a nice bitterness but the complexity of the hops is not as resplendant as the aroma implies. Malt is sufficient, but a supporting player, along with a pleasant fruity character. Medium to full bodied palate. Much more rounded than the Hop Heaven enjoyed previously. Very nice. The last of the "Big Three Floyds" for me. 9/4/8/5/19 - 4.5 Bottle via 1FastSTI trade..
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, thanks to slob for this trade! Pours a beautiful garnet-amber color when held to light with a small, rapidly dissapating head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, pine and grapefruit, with sweet undertones - brown sugar, toasty malts and alcohol. The flavor is big, bad and unrepentant - as I’d expect from a 3F’s brew. Sweet and full bodied, yet extremely hoppy - caramel and hints of maple along with lots of grapefruit hops, pepper, woody astringency, pine juice and lots of alcohol, though it’s quite well hidden. Full body and mellow carbonation. Nice!
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that I picked up at the release at the brewery. I have been saving this for a while at the advice of many that once claimed that it was too young. So I saved it until the end of March, nearly 9 months of aging. Had it to celebrate the end of 75 hour work weeks of medicine. Nice treat to end it with.
Hazy ruby/amber with a big quickly discipating off-ivory head that fades to a thin long lasting rim. Nose very full of malts alcohol plums and caramelized sugar. Hops not so much intiailly but as it wars they pick up. The taste initially is tangy, strong with alcohol, citrusy hops and malts. The middle is much more genel with malt and alcohol then fades into strong vapros of alcohol and crisp hoppy spice with grapefruit towards the back. The end is a rush of hops barley and produces kind of an evergreen flavor. Imagine climbing a pine tree as a kid, then later you eat something without washing your hands. That sticky sharp pine just covers everything. Wonderful really.
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear ruby red with a small beige head. Strong piney citrus hop and caramel aroma and flavor with some chocolate and toffee note.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Degarth comes over the top to bust this bad boy out towards the finish of our tasting. I was drunk as fuck at this point, so my notes didn’t turn out too well. I do remember with 100% of my mind that it was one of the best beers I had ever had at the time I had this. Knowing that I was drunk I dialed a friend and tried to describe it to him, but my speech was impaired as well. Anyways here is what I got: Ruby red with a tan head. Aroma was citrus or citrus rinds. Beautiful citrus rinds. Ah good hops and shit. Drunk hops and shit. Flavor = 9 + 5. Thanks Degarth this one ruled!
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy, deep amberish-red beer with a quick disappearing yellowish head. The aroma has sweet barley accents but has also hints of with sugar coated nuts, fine XO-Cognac, milk bread, spices like Massis Banda, cardemom, and cinnamon. Also touches of a cigare box,Marroccan dried fruits, wild flowers, humide forrest soil and refreshing citrussy hops. The taste is wine-like (Marsalla), sweet malty, complex fruity (figgs, dates, confit d’orange) and has the nice warming up from a top quality brown Rhum. In the afthertaste the refreshing bitter accents are comming up. Again hints of wild flowers, citrussy hops, fresh herbs, nut-peel and exotic spices are working wonderwell with the pessents but not overpowering warmth of the sweet alcohol. A great brew that lingers on.
JorisPPattyn (9468) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red-amber beer with orange-amber head, gone in seconds. Rich, vinous, brandy-like nose. Grapes, ripe fruit as apricots and a lot of alcohol. Further aroma of lavender or rosemary. Earthy, vinous, mouldy (in the nicest possible way), mushrooms, refined citrus flavours. Hops retronasal: dry, imposing, but not dominating. Lots of malts underneath, coloured malts, rich. Resiny hops make up the balance; Rich, velvety, nearly buttery and superbly sensual MF, and a LOT of alcohol. A truly worthy BW. Well balanced, imposing but not pretentious, which is a bit a 3F problem...
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve been waiting a long time to try this. Recently, I was fortunate enough to cross paths with 2 bottles within a couple of weeks of each other. Huge hops all over. Could very easily be mistaken for a double IPA. Very much worth the wait.