DocLock (9668) - 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.
slowrunner77 (9602) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"not a hop bomb as expected. there are a ton of hops, sure, but the high dose of dark malt give it the look and feel of a barleywine or old ale...with the hops of a double ipa. this is a beer i could really get into. smooth, balanced, spicy hops in the bittersweet finish. nice hybrid here. via trade w/ kinger."
j12601 (9549) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear crimson tinged brown with thin white head. Big earthy malt, nice roast, caramel malt, and a bit of earthy hops. Medium bodied, lots of roast, dark char and toast. Nice big grapefruit on the finish with lingering roast notes.
djd07 (9482) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a very dark amber with a small frothy light tan head that leaves good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a floral hop with nuts and caramel. Medium mouthfeel with a bitter floral hop with raisin and a nice bitter finish. Alcohol present but not too overpowering. A good american strong ale from Victory.
BVery (9387) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap. Dark brown red pour. Foamy, clingy off-white head. Nose is like sweat (really) and some hop. Taste is hop over the top of black licorice. Weird, but decent.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at David Copperfields. Creamy brown beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is quite hoppy and herbal. Spicy with a soft cocoa base and a bit of orange peel. Very bright and hop-laden. Spicy and herbal with a lot of pithy resinous bitterness and a kiss of smokiness as well. Warming intensifies the zesty hoppiness and a spiciness. Sticky resinous finish. A hit of cocoa and light caramel gives the malts a bit of intrigue. Pretty interesting.
phaleslu (9249) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle shared by StLupulin- thanks again, Kurtis! Pours a semi-cloudy dark copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma of fresh hops- piney, herbal, and citrusy- with toasted malts, earth, and spice. The flavor is exactly the same. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, fresh, hoppy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Right on the money BIPA.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brownish black with off white head, aroma has big pine notes to compliment the chocolate and roast present. Taste is simple, but delicious with notes of pine, some resin and citrus leading into sweet caramel, chocolate, finishing roasted and bitter.
MartinT (9191) - 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.
3fourths (9054) - Boulder, Colorado, 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.