BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had to rate this. I casually picked it up, thinking that it’d just be a nice, session harvest pale ale. Anything but...this baby needs a little time...
Spicy/herbal/pungent hop aroma. Very green (young) on the nose. Faint roast, but you know it’s there. Creamy entry. Bitter, hop assault. Faint, caramel/toasty background show through and balance the hops nicely.
A hint of Europe? Tasty, but not fully integrated by any means. It’s supposed to be about the hops and it still will be...when you drink it a year from now! A good, and potentially great, American "Strong" Ale. Cheers!
mstrcrwly (646) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle poured into a tumbler..brown pour with an off-white head..aroma of caramel,pine,resin,grass..hard to describe the taste..wasn’t very impressed.
daniele (6400) - ITALY - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap mogano frutta secca etilico noce agrumata buon amaro tostate cacao secchezza media
TylerGreenDC (557) - - NOV 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On draft. Holy wow. Big aroma of floral and citrus hops, followed by a dark chocolate bomb of a beer. Almost stout-likr in depth if flavor. More raisin and red wine flavor as it warms. An all-timer.
slowrunner77 (6925) - 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."
Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this awhile back at whole foods bowery . Malty cocos and some piney hops. Pretty good stuff
Darkmagus82 (1977) - - JUN 20, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review from 7-2-12 -
Poured from bottle into tulip glass
Appearance – Pours a brown color with some red highlights shining through. Upon pouring there is a big and thick off white head. The head had wonderful retention but eventually faded to give a very nice amount of lacing. Overall quite an impressive looking brew.
Smell – The smell was a nice blend of roasted malt and hop. The roasted aromas are big brown bread. The hop aroma is mainly composed of a sweet lemon aroma, almost hard lemon candy like with some other hop aromas of grapefruit as well. Overall the two blend very well together.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice smooth and roasty malt flavor. Big in chocolate and roasted malt that begin the taste are quickly meet by some of the hop flavors that were in the nose. Right after the initial roastiness, a strong grapefruit hop bitter meets the tongue. At first the roasty and bitter seem to battle out, with a not so smooth transition, but quickly they seem to settle their dispute to meld very well together; creating a roasty and creamy bitterness. A t this time a very light yet persistent alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. All these flavors last to the end where some pine hop tastes as well as a light amount of floral hop are also detected, mixing to leave a pleasant smooth (from the roasty malt) yet bitey (from the hop) flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is creamy and smooth with the carbonation level being rather average but very fitting for the roasty flavors of the brew. The boozy flavor in the taste furthermore produces a nice warming flavor on the tongue. Overall the Mouthfeel is quite nice.
Overall – A tasty IPA with a wonderful roasty and hoppy flavor. It is relaxing with its slight alcohol booziness and roasty flavors, yet exciting at the same time due to its nice hop presence. Quite a good brew for either or.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Tap] Nearly black pours with a quickly receding tan head. Chocolate, citrus hops and darker fruits in the aroma. Taste is of pinecone, grapefruit, chalky grains, chocolate and light hints of alcohol. Sweet and somewhat sticky character. OK overall. Tasting notes from 2012.
CpyNPrnT (495) - Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma. One of the best beer aroma’s I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. Rich malt and fruity hop notes. taste is similar, with a larger dark malt presence and sweet fruity hops. Wonderful beer! Favorite so far by Victory!
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best by 30NOV12
Pours a dark brown with a solid sheet of toasted cracker foam, the ale is surprisingly translucent. Lots of pine and resin in the nose with a bit of spruce character; the malts are toasted and like a brown ale: some tea character, a touch of spice and rye bread. Flavor is toasted malts, refined and soft bitterness and plenty of pine flavor. The malts are slightly spicy and a bit dry. Thin body with hi carb and a slick finish. This beer was worth trying, not sure I’d seek it out often.
Serving type: bottle
Theydon_Bois (12592) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Christine and Daves on Thanksgiving Day, 28/11/13.
Found this at the back of Daves fridge, best before Oct 2010 - so old it carried the former name of this beer - Yakima Twighlight. Though I’d give it a go anyhow !
Pours dark chestnut brown with a moderate beige covering - full of floating globules, I’m going to ignore these for rating purposes.
Nose is light roast, big burst of pine, sticky tropicals, caramelised sugars, dank hops.
Taste comprises pine resin, dank hops, caramelised sugars, red grapefruit, caramel malt, sweet cake mix.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, sweet finale with hop bitterness present.
This has held up amazingly well bearing in mind it should have been dealt with 3 years ago - carried more flavour than a lot of fresh beers I’d had this same day!