shamansurf (2) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my favorite style of beer and my first bottle of this year’s batch. Bottled on 5/23/12, so fairly fresh still, the hops seem a little chewier than last year. Hopefully I just got a bottle that was warmed accidentally. Crisp still with juniper and anise floral notes. Bitter bite floats above the soft roast malt with light caramel and chocolate, not too sweet. Judging from my experience with last year’s stash, this should age very well.
Rastacouere (6135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A tiny beige sheet covers the close to black pour that is totally clear. Fairly green, resinous, citrusy hop profile dominates the aroma in which subtler dark chocolate and licorice notes manage to shine. Feeling rather dry, both torrefied and hoppy in mouth, which rhymes with a strong bitterness that cleanses the palate out. The burnt grain character feels a bit exotic, but surprisingly not all that thick for a 9%+ ale. A bit straightforward in fact and not particularly captivating in the hop department, but perhaps that is due to subpar freshness? I can’t tell as I see no date on the bottle, but it was bought two months ago.
can8ianben (1341) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Woah! Crazy hop bomb with HUGE malt backbone. Wow - everything is big here - even the alcohol presence. This is overkill in every way, but it doesn’t really feel undrinkable - more like something big to save for special occasions. I wonder if aging might improve the monster flavors.
BVery (6826) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Freakin’ Frog in Vegas. Dark brown pour with a big frothy cream head. Aroma and taste of bright citrus hop and malty chocolate. Very good.
Itzjerm (1363) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin head dark. Light aroma. Strong bitter, but not a hops bitter. More like a grass bitter. Overall main theme is a burnt flavor. Not bad, but I wouldn’t be proud of it.
Chuckaduck (659) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a big fluffy off-tan head. Aroma is citrus, spicy, earthy, fruity, very crisp. Taste is surprisingly mild with a subtle bitter alcohol aftertaste. Bitter, juniper, hoppy citrus, dark chocolate, nutty, creamy, a touch of licorice. Really clean mouth feel. Some lacing. Interesting; not as malty as I like my beers of this style. I won’t be buying a 4-pack but I would definitely order one in a bar.
gregwilsonstl (1122) - Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark. Very bitter, but balanced. Flowery. Hard wood. This is a very solid beer. Very bitter, but incredibly drinkable.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A friend of mine made a hoppy imperial stout which was nice but a bit unbalanced. This beer bridged the gap between a chocolate malty sweet beer with the right amount of hoppy goodness. Strong citrus aroma. So many good flavors here. Have to admit I was a bit rocked when I had this so I’m going out to get more.
luttonm (2286) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUL 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12Oz bottle. Sweet roast hop nose, roasty black body. Dry tart hop, roast malt. Heavy mix, alcohol warming. Tasty but odd style.
olio (6393) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Freakin’ Frog, Las Vegas.
Pours black color with small head. Aroma of lemon, hops, mild malts and grass. Flavour of hops, malts, fruits and caramel. Nice.