oOJUXEOo (196) - Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tony’s Place in Ivyland. Color is a deep rich red / brown. Head is not strong. Smells of hops hit your nose. Maybe Crystal hops? I would say this beer is more hop heavy than malt. Alcohol is well hidden under hop kick.
crackedmachine (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, ruddy brown with a foamy head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of malt and spicy hops. Flavor is heavy on the spicy hops, but the dark malts balance it out very nicely. Lively palate with a bitter, lasting finish, and some warming alcohol. This is indeed a very hoppy beer, and a nice change of pace from the fruitier hop profile of some of the West Coast IPAs I typically drink.
Strykzone (4200) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An inviting pour, this beer is dark brown with plenty of red highlights and a big tan head that has excellent retention. The aroma is also welcoming with chocolate and toffee malt and hop notes of pine and citrus. My impression is of an old world feel but with West Coast American hops. Those hops assert nicely. The chocolate flavor doesn’t so much compliment as attack different taste buds providing a multi sensory drinking experience. It is almost like drinking two very different beer styles at the same time. With warmer temps the hops became more assertive. This is a bold beer, as bold as many impys and a bit too much for my taste. Interesting, flavorful, and unique, though.
thegreenrooster (2975) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a dark brown with a huge beige head. Aroma is a very heavy malt with some oily hops and a nice toffee. Flavor is a very big malt followed by the oily, resiny hops profile. Finish leaves a some citrus hop and a nice chocolate malt on the tounge. If there ever was a beer to fit into the American strong ale category this would be it. Overall a pretty good beer with lots of flavor but one in an evening would be just fine.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks 17thfloor! Pours a deep ruby red with a small creamy off white froth. Aroma is excellent sweet fruits, tropical, peach, sort of like a fruit salad. I pick up some licorice as well but just a little. There’s a nice sweet caramel and maybe a hint of chocolate that cooperates with the hops. Flavor starts with a surprisingly chocolate character, some roasted nuttiness that fades into the same peachy hops in the finish. FInish moderately bitter and dry and some bitter chocolate lingers. Medium body and a soft but tingling carbonation. Interesting beer, seems like a black IPA to me
Nephilium (1218) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful piney hop aroma, with just a touch of roast hiding in there. Pours a dark reddish-amber, with a big full light tan head. Crisp hop flavor, balanced by the roasted and chocolate notes of the malt. Finishes with a long lingering bitter note. An amazingly tasty beer, and one I’m glad I can get my hands on.
RSRIZZO (1841) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 12oz bottle poured into a Snifter at 47°. Color is a deep rich amber with good carbonation and a nice tan head. Aroma is a bright fresh floral hop scent. It starts with a lighter medium body and fizzy mouth feel that goes down sharp. Finish comes out of the sharp feel with grapefruit zest and pine sap then a bold bitterness. After taste is more bitterness as the citrus lingers on. Not the brew they described, there is almost no malt coming out, its just all hops and citrus.
tmoreau (1918) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured to a Czech-pils glass from a 12oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co., Villa Park, IL. The color was a clear, deep copper hue, with a good, light tan, foamy head, and clingy, ribbony lacing. The aroma was dank and not bright citrus, resiny pine, with litter box and cheese rind scents. The flavor was rich malt that couldn’t keep up with the brutally strong, bordering on astringent, hop bitterness. A near solventy note was also present. A medium to full body, the bitterness lasted on the palate well after the finish. I analogize enjoying this beer to eating horseradish or wasabi with food. It tasks your senses, but you keep on eating, or in this case, drinking it!
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Orland Park Binny’s single rack. Pours very dark hazy amberish brown with massive light tan head. Aroma is citrus hops, caramel, toffee and biscuity malts which all come together to sort of resemble of the smell of dog shit. Seriously that is the first thought that came to my mind when smelling this beer and this is the first time I ever thought of dog shit when smelling a beer. Flavors are toffee, caramel, chewy malts, citrus, pine, and finishes with bitter hops. Flavor is much better than the aroma. Nice full mouthfeel with chewy malts and finsihes with very nice bitter hop and citrus flavors. I find that Victory usually does this style of higher ABV ASA/BW ale very well and this is no exception if though the aroma does remind me of my old dog’s farts.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Hop City poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep amber brown with an absolutely massive creamy off-white head that shows exceptional retention and lingers as a big creamy cap and leaves good lacing.
The aroma starts with a big dose of fresh green hops along with some sweet citrus. There is a solid doughy malt aroma in the background.
The taste is bitter with floral hops up front with the hefty malt bill coming in after that to form a healthy backbone underneath. The finish is big and bitter with the pine lingering after each sip.
The mouthfeel is very creamy and bitter with the green hops and citrus. It’s slightly dry in the finish with some oily hops on the palate.
A very hoppy, resinous IPA with enough malts to balance things out. I really enjoyed this one.