thornecb (6155) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Poured into a tulip. Fluffy off-white, long-lasting head. Deep amber color. Sweet malt and piney hop aromas. Upfront caramel with a hoppy, long-lasting bitter finish. Very well balanced. joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2007
22 oz bottle pours a light amber color with a huge foamy off white head. Very hoppy nose with great sweet accents of dark fruits and toffee. The flavor is an expression of the subtleties in the nose. The nice malty sweet notes come out in a nice creamy caramel nutty mouthfeel, but the hop balance is present and makes foir a lasting finish. A very nice beer and I will be trying to acquire more soon. Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2007
22. oz from Johns in Portland, OR. Great stuff. More substantial than the summer version, more complext than almost anythign else i have tried (save dreadnought or goose island iipa). Orange/copper/gold color, great thick persistent head. Perfect lacing on the glass as you drink, caramel and tofee greet you and huge hops kick your ass as you gulp it down. realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JAN 18, 2007
22oz bottle poured a clear red color with a huge rocky head that lasted the whole glass. Aroma had massive amounts of citrus, spice and rich caramel malts. The flavor was well bittered yet balanced nice to the huge amount of malt. There was a small amount of alcohol noticable in the finish, but again balanced very well with the hops. Overall a great Strong Ale/Double IPA or whatever you want to call it. Even better when layed down for 6mo. to a year. bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
huge long-lasting tan head on top of a clear red ale. spicy hops dominate the aroma. flavor is alot of caramel, some higher sugars, lots of hops, with just a bit of spice in the finish. very solid.
hops4thebest (11) - USA - JAN 17, 2007
22 oz. bottle, pours reddish gold, huge head. big flavor. notable caramel: the malt comes through, in a pleasant way, given hoppiness. an excellent strong ale. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2007
22oz bottle: Pours a cloudy amber red color, graduated dark brownish/red on the top. Medium sized head, dark whitish, diminishing. Hoppy aroma, somewhat balanced, but not very strong. Some hops, somewhat tempered by the malts, some spices, may be the hops. Dry bitter alcoholy aftertaste as it warms up. IPAish. Unbalanced bitter brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2007
heavy grain hop aroma dominates, pretty much overwhelming the backing malt aromas, flavor is also hop dominated,tangy hops with a touch of carmel malt in background,also has a zing to it very much like rye,hop bittering finish is lip smacking,tasty as can be LinusStick (3532) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2007
A beautiful American Strong by the #1 brewer around. Got at Vintage Estates in Ohio...the pour was a hazy burnt orange with a thin white head. Aroma and taste is all malt with a hoppy aftertaste that doesn’t interfere. There are definite caramel undertones as well. This is a beer I have been waiting for 3 months for and worth every second! MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007
light amber mostly clear color, yellow gold at edges. big tall rocky light tan head. nice deep piney hop aroma, very pure. resiny pine cones too. flavor is deep and sweet caramel malty hop, both well balanced at the same time on the palate. aroma of super-dark fresh honey, carmelized hop buds too. lots of lively carbonation. hop bitterness comes in strong through the finish but not too powerful. thanks MoeJuck for this in trade!!