Ughsmash (7099) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Firkin. Poured deeper reddish-brown with a well-retained, creamy off-white head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasty darker fruits and biscuity notes paired with black pepper and dried white spices.. fresh and well-balanced. The flavor found a blend of redder fruits, caramel, and a touch of chocolate at the core, with fresh, peppery spice and fruity bitterness around.. a little minerally on the edges and finish.. tasty. Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. very good balance, feel, and flow.
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Clear rich amber pour with a smaller light beige head. Citrus and grassy hops on aroma and taste. Quite sharp bitterness in this. Not a bad brew.
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at 101 Beer Kitchen. The beer pours a clear deep reddish color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes slowly. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt and citrusy hops. Medium to full body with flavors of grassy hops, citrus and caramel malt. The finish is moderately bitter with a fruity hops aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
jmohno (1049) - Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice clear darkish red,not much head.
Great hoppy nose.Alot of sweet candiedcarmel and fruit hop.
Taste is smooth,slick,sweet,carmel candy,fruit hoppy,has some smooth pine kind of bitter.Pretty big caramel candy sweetness but its a nice taste,maybe a bit sweet but hoppy and good bitter to match. Very dessert ish,but good. Since it is a strong ale,guess that is then appropriate to style.Hoppy but amberish strong ale. These guys tend to be maltier than more. Very nice overall taste/flavor.
Frank (2763) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a great big IIPA-ish barleywine kind of deal and itís not bad at all. Pours a perfectly clear amber brown w/ a big, tenacious head of fine bubbles. The nose is thick, sticky pine and the flavor follow suit. This is a bit on the sweet side as youíd expect from such a brew but itís still pretty drinkable. The gravity though is such that you donít really want to be drinking it all that fast even though itís not really suited towards slow sipping.
jonhall (57) - - DEC 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby red with good head on pour. Aroma is highly hoppy and citrus. A lot of strong hop character but some malt too. Finish is good. Not a regular for me but would have again
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Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This a very smooth red IPA with lots of citrus, and floral flavors and smells. Some caramel and toffee in there too. Has just enough malt backbone to not be "Too" malty for an IPA. Damn Good brew. Cost is somewhat over the top at $18.50 per sixer, but I got a couple anyway because this is a great brew.
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2012 A hint of caramel, with lots of resin, spruce, and citrus on the nose. Something spicy was detected as well, but I did not see mention of rye in the malt bill. The amber brew is cushioned by a textbook tan head that slowly fades to a lace leaving ring. Light sweetness followed by lingering bitterness in the taste. Its body is medium with some stickiness and average carbonation, but a slight sting of alcohol was evident . Very well done overall, I hope they brew this at least annually.
whiskeyrocks (57) - Lindenhurst, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This had an amazing deep red color. The head was two full inches and stayed for a good ten mins. It has an explosion of flavors from hops citrus and pine. Worth every drop and penny spent on it
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark amber/red with a tight soapy khaki head that fades to a film. Aroma has pine grapefruit sweet malt caramel and spice. Taste is sweet and bitter with resinous piny hops some spice and great caramel malt, really nice. Palate is medium full and sticky with a warm dry finish. This is awesome! Well done!