almankin (10) - Crowley, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2006
To be fair I was rating this beside the Chimay Blue. I found this beer to be to hoppy for my taste. The only aroma I could smell was apple juice, I donít know why though as I could not taste any apples. I found that a 50% mix of Arrogant Bastard and Guinness was a great combination. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2006
This used to be one of my favoite beers. I think I drank too much, now Iím kinda over it. A very malty brew, with some hoppís as well. beerdrinker101 (56) - USA - MAR 6, 2006
This is a very nice fruity aroma. The taste of alcohol and hops were very apparent in this beer. rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
One of the best American beers. A delicious mix of maltiness and hoppiness. Piney and fruity, sweet and luscious. bigbish (711) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2006
A hice hop aroma. Very thick on the palate. Sweet taste, carmel, some toasted grains. This is a great beer!
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2006
The first thing I noticed was the faint aroma of apples. This is a strong beer with a very floral and fruity taste. The hops made their appearance, but were not overly dominating, like you would find in an IPA. This was a good beer, but not my personal favorite. RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer introduces itself with an aroma that explodes with hops. Caramel can be detected as a fragrance lingering in the background. This beer finds itself some where on the color chart between dark orange and mahogany. It produces a thick tan colored head that dissipates leaving a impressive amount of lacing on the side of the glass. This moderately thick beer tingles the tongue as it enters the mouth. The taste of hops wallop the tongue and leave a nice bitter edge on the tongue and in the throat as they await another mouthful of this liquid sensation. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2006 Draught at 4th Annual Wildland Firefighters Benefit & Festival. At the Pumphouse in Longmont, CO. Sample in a pint glass. Beer pous a clear, medium-dark amber with a foamy, light brown, quickly and mostly diminshing head. The aroma was a hop-blast. Malty with moderate amounts of sweet cookie, caramel, deeply toasted grain, flowers and green grass; Heavily hoppy with notes of grapefruit, resin/pine and dried apricoot; Lightly yeasty with sour dough; Miscellaneous notes of moderate vanilla and a trace of sour apple and a note of peach. The flavor is harshy bitter, heavily sweet and moderately acidic with an extra-long, hop-pinchy finish. The body is watery, the texture is medium and the carbonation is average. ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2006
650ml bottlebubbleflubber (2210) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2006
Pours a cloudy, murky iced tea brown with a small tan head that leaves boatloads of lacing. Looks like I just had a root beer float! Nose is smoky and hoppy with the slightest bit of citrus in the background. Flavor is a mix of sweet and tart and spicy and malty and fruity and...you get the idea.
Very complex offering here.... Right from the very opening, hops, citrus, tart fruit, caramel, and pine greet the nose... Very dark hazy pour, with a medium head that spider-laces the glass from top to bottom. Full-bodied, bold caramel malts paired with aggressive hops supply an extreme bitter back to the pull, really filling up the mouth. I taste notes of pine needles, pepper, citrus, spice, thai, caramel, cinammon, ginger and bitter hops. This beer definitely sticks to the palate for awhile.... itís got a long, hoppy finish. It is drinkable, very much so, but also quite complex. My only issue might be that the complexity is somewhat lost on the backend, as itís linger turns a bit simple, especially after the front pull offers so many interwoven hues.