beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy dark brown in color. No hop smell coming from this one. Sweet with a definite hit of alcohol. I am on the fence with this one. I have had better strong ales from Unibroue. This one has some intriguing flavors but not what I expected.
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Blood red ale sports mousselike mocha foam. "Hopsack" nose, pine needles and foggy forest, jasmine, herbal and faintly cheesy... impressions of chocolate milk, green tobacco/weedy fields, and souring fruit. On the tongue, vigorous dark fruit and zesty, peppery hop spice abound; a buttery malt backbone is shattered by a strong astringent black tea taste. Fleshy palate and cotton candy carbonation. Dry finish, ending on a strident alkaline note of bitter chocolate and harsh charcoal-grapefruit (Chinook?) hops. Tire store aftertaste. This beer is nothing but rough edges, itís a miracle that my mouth isnít bleeding.
pepsican (1520) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 9, 2009
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
dark amber pour with a small off white head. Aroma is pine tar and grass. Flavor is all pine. The malt tries to pull through but it canít. Finishes beyond bitter, and I love hops. I could barely get through 2 ounces. Very interesting and Iím glad to have tried it.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle.
Pours brown with red highlights and a small, off-white head. The nose has a slight off medicinal note. I got some varnish and slight earthy hops as well. Needless to say, not a good combination. The palate is a little better with slight chocolate notes, lots of bitter herbal hops, and a lot of soap. A medium soapy finish ends what really isnít all that great of a beer. Based on what Iíve read about this beer, I have to think this one is past itís prime. A re-rate is in order.
Barreras (1228) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 16, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep dark black and purple. Aroma of roasted malt, and hops mixed with a strong alcohol smell. Taste is of dark licorice with a heavy bite in the aftertaste. A deep dark beer that is not for the faint of heart.
JoePeesie (915) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
a so so beer at best, I am anti Black IPA and have always and will always rate appearance a 1. That being said, The Yakima hops an interesting choice, I didnít love them, but I can see how others might. Decent malt back bone. By no means a drain pour but not something I would buy again.
tomthompson89 (1929) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
at Coleís rare beer fest, dark brownish color although was dark in the bar when i had it, small ring of foam. nose is hoppy with lotsa bitterness not alot of malt... flavor is resiney bitter... some malt but not balanced for my liking...
TheGB (561) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2009
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice dark brown with nicely laced head. Aroma is horrendous, smells like burnt plastic. Taste is decent, but the aroma ruins it. I donít see anything to that nature in other peopleís comments so maybe I have a bad bottle.
berniecarbo (148) - Holliston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The description says this is a "heavyweight battle between Yakima hops and dark roasted malt", battle over, hops crushed malt and not in a good way. Pours a dark brownish, strong hop persents. Taste comes through with strong piney, resiney and bitter. Great label, down hill after that.
3fourths (8549) - 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 didnít last long before meeting the drain.