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RATINGS: 4217   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is an aggressive beer. You probably wont like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (23261) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2010 Bottle at home ... many many thanks to RIS101 for the trade. Red brown,high hop little sweet ,sweet juicy malts again american high hop not all bad actually very juicy. much beter balance than others Ive had; grapfruit drying linger 3.7... bottle at musa ... dark copper ... thin white lacing ... soft rich fruity malys ... big hop front ... juicy hops ... light malt ... again overfizzy 3.8 ...

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (20548) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Growler. Well, I really liked this beer. Pours a rich, amber-red with a strong, white head. Nice, hoppy aroma with strong pine notes. Some detectable malts on the nose. Flavor is a big, cocky blend of elements. Heavy on the hops, this beer rings with citrus and piney, resiney flavors. Underneath, some good, earthy malts give the brew some considerable depth. Slight bread flavor adds to the medium to large body. Lingering, mildy bitter aftertaste. A great session ale for heavy drinkers.

4/3/2010 Update: Had a pint last night at The Pony Bar. I just marveled at the intense balance. Potent, deep sweet flavors of dark fruits a malt, right alongside some outrageous hoppiness. Wild stuff.

4/17/2010 Update: Had some this boy on cask. Yep, its still great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2004
Dark copper color; creamy head. The aroma is malty, hoppy but not fruity as expected; some roasted malt. Full body, very good malt, nutty. Immediately the bitterness takes over, for a bold final (again, not particularly fruity nor aromatic).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (19349) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and moderate hoppy - citrus. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish. 171013

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (19192) - PCastle, GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
Dunkel orange braune Farbe, ordentlich beiger Schaum. Geruch sehr malzig, Gewrze, Tannennadeln. Geschmack sehr karamellig, Vanille, Kaffee, Gewrze, nett.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18841) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2005
(Stockholm Beer Festival 2005) Nice shiny dark amber with a small brownish head. A bit maltyand fruity at first then it turns clearly hoppy. Very hoppy dry flavor, some pine and grapefruit. Even more hops and bitterness in the long finish. Lovely, but not a beer you drink alot of in one evening...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (18694) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Keg at Stone @ San Diego Airport, 22/04/14. 12th most rated beer on RB and one Ive had a few times over the years but with an hour or so to kill before my flight to Maui (via SFO) on a day of limited ticks -there was only one outcome!!! Rich amber with a good sized beige head that retains well. Nose is caramel, light spice, candied fruit peel, dark fruits, toffee. Taste comprises caramel, fruit loaf, dark fruit rind, spice, light booze but very well in check. Medium bodied, smooth on the palate, very light alcohol and hoppy tinges in the close. Decent strong.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17997) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle from Belmont Station, Portland. Ruby colour with lasting tan head. Sour hop aroma is lovely. Malts are sour coffee. Sourish in mouth, astringent hop on end. Cats pee aroma. Rich in mouth, but slightly sour as well and then this astringency cuts in. This is more a state of mind than anything else. Take bits that are attractive, sour, astringent and here you have something arrogant. It seems to say "Here I stand with strong statements of taste and knock me down if you dare." Smells of a yeasty English bitter. Yeasty like Harveys Sussex Best Bitter. Some fullness in mouth. Yeah, I liked it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (17968) - Hjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are roast malt, wood, caramel, bitter hops and has a long bitter finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (17049) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled
Red ruby color, small tanned head. Strong flowery hoppy nose. All hops, hops and hops with some sweetness underlying. Not very complex beer - propably heaven to hopheads, not for me.


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