RSRIZZO (1958) - 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.
AirForceHops (6284) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 29, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 OZ. Bottle shared with liveFREEorRYE. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is roasty, malty, hoppy and a little toffee. Flavor’s dominated by the hops, but it works well with the roasty malts supporting and complimenting the hops nicely. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is mainly hops. I wouldn’t buy again, mainly because I’m not really into hops. But I see why some people like this.
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Deep amber, approaching red body. Frothy, off-white head, lasting. That’s the best thing about this beer. The aroma is malty with lots of toasted grainand raw grain and notes of caramel and cereal along with notes of resin and herbs and lots of dough and earthiness. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic. Medium body, creamy, thick texture, lively carbonation and alcoholic, bitter finish. The beer seems raw and unrefined leaving the impression of having chunks of plants stems and raw grain in your mouth. Not a big fan.
jsmerig (1493) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a rich dark brown with nice lacing. Aroma is dark with a smell of earthy leather. Taste is malty with a musty bitter bite at the end with a residual of bitter black raspberry. Interesting.
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep speckled auburn. Voluminous dirty-white head clings to the glass as it slowly settles. Unclean aroma of plasticlike phenols, leafy hops, plum, raisin, caramel malt (instant iced tea), pinesap and grapefruit pith. Quite yeasty with strong scents of chalk and dough. Touch of earthy roast. Soft carbonation. Influx of tacky resins generate substantial weight as they combine with the oversweet and tealike caramel malt, upfront. Resin envelops the tongue, suppressing any bright and delicate hop flavors that might otherwise emerge. Notes of tobacco fuse with a pleasingly earthy blend of earthy roast and cocoa, but many of the malt textures and vivid definition succumbs to the unyielding caramel. Hops are overly acidic, throughout. Pervasive grapefruit further contributes to the body’s flabbiness, though perceptible notes of pine emerges and cleans things up by slightly augmenting the dryness. Intensely spicy and piney, and the chalky/doughy notes link up with distant hop-derived aspirin notes to pummel the juiciness with a raspy astringency. Alcohol and the high concentration of residual sugars creates a medicinal effect toward the finish, which showcases an intense medley of juniper, pinesap and candied pecans. A mixed bag. If they ditch the caramel malt, altogether, and clean up the fermentation (doughy/chalky yeast plagues this, as is the case with many Victory beers) this could be pretty respectable. Hops are also far too brash/resinous, acidic and leafy rather than soft and succulent. Kudos for leaving it unfiltered, though!
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a big frothy tan head. Overwhelming scent of pine and hops. Taste is hops, hops, hops & HOPS. There is some mild maltiness that balances out the long, bitter finish but this beer is very intense and overwhelming. I’m not too sure about this beer. Perhaps just not in the mood for this style, Sadly this is the only one i have.
SudsMcDuff (8108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
wow, ..had on tap, in Texas, that’s all mr. govt .. . dark muddy brown .. . smells of syrup and honestly, hangover diarrhea .. i don’t care if my eardrums blow out .. . medium mouth .. decent, but for who makes it, and what it should halfway be, Absolute Pants! .. .crap .. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmoEYxvLvF0 ..1:35 ..
ndel40 (22) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent beer, lacking a head altogether, no lacing. Excellent appearance. I would buy it again.
pirmigrin (13) - EASTON, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark bronze color with virtually no head at all. Gave off a very hoppy aroma with pine and earth notes, and a faint hint of citrus. So far so good, but this is where it lost me. This is a heavy beer, very dry and not very corbonated, with a short to medium bitter finish. Overall I had higher expectations based on the score, but I was a bit disappointed.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the Gingerman Fort Worth. Dark brown-red pour with an off-white head. Aroma is hops, pine, dark spice, and nuts. Taste is pine a little bread, sweet toffee, and a bitter finish.