3fourths (7530) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear rust, quickly dying head. dirty nose of whats left of the chalky, dry egg whites, hardened bath soap yeast; dried grass/hay/leather tinged hops. rough malt, caustic and messy bitterness. this one didn’t last long before meeting the drain.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2013 My Bottom Line:
Citrusy and resinous hops grow through delicate roasted malts as light berry notes appear through diplomatic caramel. This American Strong Ale’s multifarious flavor profile is deliciously harmonious.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lofty head of foam covers the striking mahogany.
-With its bright citrusy hops, berry-like angles to its caramel malts and frothy, soft effervescence, this tastes like a cousin to SNevada Bigfoot.
-Alcohol is perfectly hidden.
-The finishing bitterness is a tandem of earthy hop resins and roasted malts.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle and draft multiple times. Pours burny sienna with 3-finger tan head. Nose is huge feety funky hops, caramel malt, roasty brown sugar. The taste is earthy caramel malt, rich, big Simcoey hops, citrus. More malt than hops here, but the hops keep coming. Rich, solid complexity, and a twinge of late heat. This one is stellar, and a regular component of the DLBF.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009-01-24. Dark brown body with a modest beige head. (3+) Very green hop aroma, like fresh hop pellets. Lovely. (8+) Flavour has a fresh hop character up front, some dark malt in the middle, moderate bitterness throughout, lingering green hops in the aftertaste. (8+) Smooth average plus palate. Nice! Hit the right buttons at the right time. Tap at Coles Rare Beer Fest, Buffalo
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: Transparent dark copper amber pour has a well-lacing creamy froth of light tan head. Very resiny piny citrus hop nose has some toasty sweet dark caramel malty undertones. Starts with good viscosity and malty sweetness with lots of fresh grapefruity and piny flavor hops with good bitter balance before a drier, fairly crisp bittersweet finish. Nice complexity and assertive hoppiness throughout. An enjoyable dark double IPA.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and resin hops. Taste is very hoppy with big sticky resinous notes along with some wood notes. Berry-like notes in the finish. Medium bodied.
GT2 (7044) - Riverslime, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 mL. This is awesome! Pours a dark, clear amber with a thin beige cap that has okay retentions and leaves some spotty lacing. Huge piney hop aroma with rye toast, black pepper, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar. Taste is a lot like Arrogant Bastard- huge piney and resiny hops but there is a nice heavy rye malt backing that is spicy and a bit alcoholic. Chewy, syrupy mouthfeel. This is like having a dark DIPA. Really awesome. Gotta drink it fresh though.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Dave for the bottle! Poured deep brown with a bloody tint to it.. nice cap of milky-beige head stuck around for a while. The aroma picked up fresh earth, floral, and pine resin hoppage over toasted caramel and nutty malts.. warm and spicy on the back of the nose. The flavor found spicy, and, well, brassy hops per the description all the way through (mostly black pepper and resiny pine).. caramel and nutty sweetness again at the core.. bright hop kick and alcohol warmth on the finish. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation on the palate.. overall just a bit too hot and abrasive, but otherwise tasty. I’d have another, and I’d like to see how it does with age.
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at Gallo’s Tap Room. The beer pours a clear dark brown color with ruby highlights. Medium beige head that fizzes away steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and piney hops. Medium body with a roasty character and flavors of grassy hops pine, honey and malt. The finish is sweet up front and leaves a hoppy aftertaste. Above average overall.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Bronze beer with a light cream colored head. Grapefruit and light pine aroma. Grapefruit and malt flavor with caramel and a light twigginess. Medium body. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with caramel backing.