HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
600ml bottle. Deep brown amber, not filtered, big toffee head. Aroma is grapefruit, pineapple and some caramel malt. Not especially intense. Flavour is more present, good balance between the toasty caramel malts and the big hop taste. All 99 IBUs are there, but they creep up on you. Touch of wood, too. Creamy body. Overall, this exceeded my expectations. dfearnley (2317) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle to goblet
Caramel, oak, orange, and resin. Colour is a brilliant red with no head. Taste is alcoholy, orangey, and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but a bit thin. neuromatt (1226) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
600 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours clear reddish-amber with a small, off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has a surprising mix of fruit, caramel, oak and subtle earth. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with oak, caramel and fruit up front. It acquires more molasses complexity towards the end and gradually picks up subtle hop bitterness. The finish is moderate in length, oaky and balanced between malts and hops. The alcohol comes through a bit at the end. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a smooth, creamy texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is an atypical double IPA that should really drop that label. Whatever it is, it’s quite enjoyable--surprisingly well balanced and woody, with just the right amount of hop bitterness. I wonder if the tap version might be very different. 2012-12-15 andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours a clear copper colour with a bit of a reddish tinge and a small off white head that disappears into a faint ring around the glass. Aromas of oak, caramel, light citrus and pine. Flavours of oak, vanilla, alcohol, citrus, sweet caramel, bitterness is a bit low but may have mellowed from time and oak aging. Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Thanks to cfrancis for this beer. Pours a cloudy dark amber with an off white head that dissipates quickly into a ring. Aroma of wood, sweet caramel and some citrus hops. Taste is wood, booze, sweet caramel and citrusy hop bitterness. Good balance between the malts and hops but it seems a bit boozy at first but then it mellows.
czar (9430) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
pours clear copper-red with a decent light beige head, retention and lacing. toasted breadiness, strawberries, citrus, light herbal and grass notes, some sweetness, almost cloying. lightly oaked. average to soft carbonation, medium body. ok. GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO gift pack. Pours a clear and slightly opaque deep red colour with a good amount of fine tan head that dissipates slowly. Smell is slightly sweet with caramel, but is primarily citrus and floral hops with a hint of alcohol. Palate is on the heavier side of medium bodied with below average carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet and bitter at first but quickly builds to a strong and sharp bitter note before giving way to a bit of sweetness which itself gives way to a bit of bitterness. Bitterness is too sharp, and there’s not enough sweetness, but a decent DIPA still. probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2013
600 ml bottle from the brewery via Lubiere, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
App.: Clear deep copper with a large, orange-tan head.
Aroma: Quite sweet and malty, somewhat fruity, a bit savoury/brothy, pine/resin and vaguely citrusy hops, big rich caramel/toffee and treacle, slightly peppery with maybe a touch of a barfy, infected note, a touch of floral hops too.
Palate: Medium+ body with velvety effervescence.
Flav.: Very malt-forward with lots of brown sugar, slightly burnt, bright fruitiness, some pine/resin and citrus, a bit floral, vaguely fruity, a bit of booze; lightly sweet with disappointing bitterness and a slightly boozy, fairly malty, slightly harsh finish.
This beaver is screaming for more hops.
Pour a maple syrup brown with an ugly offwhite bubbly head that fortunately receeds into nothing but a small rim that doesn’t leave much lacings. Aroma is composed of a little hops and a lot of malt sweetmess. Taste is somehow bitter but with a malty sweetness to match. The balance is a little too much toward malt for my likings but it is still quite drinkable and not cloying. Not getting much barrel aromatics/flavors but it does feel different from a classic DIPA so there must be something I’m missing in there. Not bad, not great. asheft (3108) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
[bottle at BJCP study session]
Tangerine (Pacific Gem) aroma that’s a bit creamy. Almost clear, dark orange-amber under a tawny, off-white head. Creamy butterscotch flavour that is very bitter and salty with hops: tangerine and spicy. Medium body, medium carbonation, moderately bitter finish.