michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, malt, caramel, and some pine. Poured amber/orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, beige/off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small, medium and large-sized particles throughout. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, pine, resin, slight tropical fruit, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Average texture. Malt, slight caramel, hops, pine, and slight tropical fruit finish. 10.5%ABV is noticeable in the flavor, but generally well hidden.
Butters (3593) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Richmond Eleventh. Hazy copper pour with ring of white head. Definitely past itís prime. Hops have faded quite a bit. But still, lots of oaky notes and biting citrus hops on the tail. Still pretty tasty. And one of the best lables Iíve ever seen.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Sample Date: 4/17/2010 Source:Kinz) Caramelized sugar sweetness with some dark fruit notes and spicy hops in aroma. Slightly cloudy copper golden with little head. Tea like hop notes in flavor with caramel sugar and hefty alcohol presence. Finish is sweet but dries very quickly from robust bitterness.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium to light orange amber, some head initially. Aroma is hoppy, grapefruit oriented. Sweet malts, but lacking depth of flavor. Bitter, resinous hops, anise, pine, baked grapefruit. Some doughy notes on finish. Needed some fresher hop flavors or more depth of malt for it to really work for me. Still a nice beer though.
neepsntatties (1041) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got to try this recently thanks to, "hannont". Colour... golden-amber with no head at all. Nose... toffee and milk. Palate... frothy, very malty, sweet, dry, oaky, loads of dark toffee and bitter on the soft palate before its lengthy finish.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle courtesy of alexsdad06. Thanks! Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a medium head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is full of toffee and nougat notes. Some nuts, malt extract and leafy, herbal hops. Taste is bitter, leafy hops. Very bitter. Caramel and toffee as well. Medium-full bodied.
5000 (5658) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Fiery orange in color, thick haze, moderate sized head, moderate to thin off-white head, spotty lacing.   Semi-sweet candied citrus peel on the nose.   Definite alcohol and hop aspects as well.   Hop oriented on the tongue.   Assertive citrus peel, a little sharp, somewhat sweet.   Has a fusel alcohol presense to it.   Hot, but not burning.   Certainly alcoholic.   Could use some time.   Very citrus peel and hop oriented.   Decent malt base, but could stand to be a touch thicker based on its hop/alcoholic bite.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Slight tobacco leaves on the backside.   Decent little Strong Ale.   Not so hot now that its undrinkable, but give it a few more months and I bet it will mellow even more.   I think this one has been out for a while, so yeah, perhaps even a few more months.   Thanks to kmweaver and Sprinkle for the bottles!   Decent American Strong Ale.   Think semi-sweet candied citrus peel and hops, and that will sum this one up very well.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Let me 1st say, when this beer was released, FRESH in bottle without any age, it was quite possibly my FAVORITE beer. Would have got a perfect score from me. Mainly because of HUGELY IMPRESSIVE fresh hop bite and flavor. Iíve had 4 total. 2 fresh. Brought 1 to 09 Surly Darkness tasting table. My last I had just indulged in a few weeks ago. All gone now. I will have to look for my original rating. Barrel X wasnít very comparable. XI was a disappointment after X. And 3F bartender, around anticipation, said Apocalypse Cow was brewed in place of XII. Review is for last bottle I had, rating grades from memory. (I usually dislike that statement. Sorry!)
[(A)] Smells of pine, caramel, toffee, malty sweetness, slight booze. Some earthy qualities.
[(A)] This is bad ass bottle art. Awesome integration of 3F "characters" in a "last-supper" type of setting. That counts. Pour is oily looking orange/amber. Great sticky white lacing, and nearly invisible specs of suspended sediment.
[(F)] Caramel, toffee, earthy greens, tropical fruit/citrus, piney hops, malt. Kind of pushes DIPA, but not quite a barleywine.
[(P)] Still a respectable hop bite. A warming brew. Thin, not much carbonation. Nice feel in the mouth. Drinkable. But share this one @ this point.
[(O)] Again. This beer was astonishing fresh. It is still holding up quite well, but has definitely passed its prime. Non-offensive or skunky. I am surprised I had the restraint to keep from cracking it all this time. Still holds a soft spot, memories of good times, and the beginnings of my microbrew infatuation. Iíll never forget this. Canít really PRAY for 3F to do something BIG for XIII if they do it. Or XIIV? What donít they do big? They shouldíve just named Panzer or A.Cow # XII. Wouldíve fit right in the series. Fín hipsters.
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Eyedrinkale. Pours a hazy golden brown with an off-white head. Very pleasant aroma of oak, vanilla and a bit of orange. The flavor is equally enjoyable with sweet malt, oak, vanilla and orange. Medium bitterness at the finish. Very nice beer.
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008? Bottle - Thanks to Toby! - Pours out hazy amber with a small white head...aroma is incredibly hoppy for the age on this bottle, citrus and pine resin, nicely balanced with some caramel and a little heat...flavour is similar, a punch to the face still with massive grapefruit peel and brown sugar malt, finish is warming, and the hops linger long enough to keep enjoying...this bottle has some serious legs...