HonkeyBra (2849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour with tan head that lingers. Aroma of strong hops, some caramel and toffee. Flavor is strong bitter hops and some caramel depth. Very bitter finish. pretty bad ass dark ale.
SSSteve (3551) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. a clear ruby/garnet under a huge foamy beige head. great big orange/grapefruit hop aroma. nicely balanced with some sweet bready malts and handfuls of fresh, bitter, resiny hops. a medium body with a sometimes creamy mouthfeel. can be a bit astringent at times.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz 2009 bottle. Love the label on this one, reminds me of salt-water taffy. Pours a slightly hazed robust darkish red with a tall airy foamy sudsy beige froth. I recognize that aroma, hot fermentation, fusels, plastic, piney citrus like pine-sol, lightly chemically, sour wet grains with a just a hint of roast, aromas are bright and mesh well together, just a bit strange overall. Flavor follows, bright and peachy, citrus fruit punch, guava is seemingly very strong, lightly plasticy, bright and sweet but not cloying, milk dud like chocolate maltiness, just a hint of roast that adds to the overall strong bitterness, long grapefruit aftertaste. Medium bodied, very full flavored with a lighter somewhat thin milky body with large nonassertive carbonation bubbles. Cool flavor, just wish it was fuller in body then it would make an awesome barley wine. Very unique.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
medium/dark brown with large white head. herbal hoppy nose, a lot of hop bitterness followed by a ton of spicy and herbal hop flavor, that is very nice, though in this case it almost entirely masks that malt, which by appearance of the brew, would be expected to be significant. a touch of high crystal malt comes through, but not a great deal. some yeasty esters before a lingering malty finish. a very nice hop flavor, but really an ipa or double ipa, not the indian brown that the color indicates
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Draught House in Austin. Medium to dark brown with small head. Nice american hop aroma with a hint of roast. The flavor is pretty intense with bittering hops, flavor hops, and roasted malt. It’s like an imperial brown ale with lots of American hops. It has a medium to heavy body but is balanced enough to be drinkable. Very tasty beer if you get a chance to try it.
smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! This pours out an amazing dark brown with great foam. It is like drinking a stronger version of hopdevil with a much maltier taste to it. Amazing beer.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sticky, lacing, tan head with a copper body. Aromas of dirty, vegetal hops and some sweet, roasted malts. Rotten grapefruit with a toffee coating. Digging in the dirt in a pine forest. Bitter, dry, pine finish.
MmmcKay (1037) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely color. Aromas of pine cone, pine sap, pine needles, pine tree. Obviously resinousy crazy hops. Some barnyard, pungent earthy poo aromas as well. Sour fruit. Tastes of bitter hops. Lots of bitter hops. A little metallic as well. Thick smooth body.
guzzler67 (1455) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear, mahogany appearance with a large tan head and very good lacing. Caught a whiff of roasted malts in the aroma at first, but the resinous, citrusy hops quickly overwhelmed them. Earthy, piney, citrus hop taste, minimally balanced by caramel malts. Medium-to-full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Bitter, long lasting finish. Seems to be one of those hop varieties where there are layers of complexity to enjoy when revisited. Count me as a fan.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle poured into a snifter... pours a deep red with a thick 2 finger rocky off white head... really nice appearance. the head dissipates after a few minutes and eventually falls to a slim lacing... excellent aromatic balance between citrus hops and deep malts. medium body with soft creamy sides and a nice bitter front. some deep caramel malts throughout... very well blended finish with a good amount of malts and a bitter splash at the back. this one really reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. A nice hoppy American Strong that really shows of hops and blends well with deep malts.