DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
This beer is an imperial amber to commemorate Bell’s 11,000th batch with the name being a reference to the movie Spinal Tap.Good looking imperial amber. The nose is big and complex. Plenty of sweet malt, some cherry, a slight oakiness, some onion (Warrior hops?), and a touch of alcohol. The flavors too, big and malty. Flavors are sweet and slightly fruity, again with the sweet cherry character. As you continue to drink the hoppiness increases and the alcohol presence lessens, increasingly drinkability. Overall I thought this was a really nice imperial amber. EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottle courtesy of GT. Pours clear, red tinted brown with a light tan head. Lots of hops on the nose - pine, citrus. A bit of honey as well. Flavor is very sweet and peppery. Lots of hops and bitterness. Very heavy finish. Patrickctenchi (6806) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Nearly clear, red-amber, with a short, light tan head.
Scent is sweetly tropical, fruit cocktail cherries,...pine resin.
Taste is a warm, alcohol-backed earth hop and fruit mix.
Quite sweet...very complex and rich...
A slow-sipper, for certain. tennisjoel (1496) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Definitely a sweet beer here. Hops are the main ingredient. I’m enjoying this as a sipper. Couldn’t handle more than one of these. Good for what it is. Onslow (1539) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Clear red brew with dense frothy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus, and resinous hops, a bit of earth and flowers - very IPA in character but more intense and complex. Taste is sweet malts at the start, very hop forward with a barrage of bitter of every strip. Lingering deep bitter finish with warm alcohol burn. A little boozey as it gets warm. Intense and good but kinda overdone - it’s hard to come away with a feel for what this is other than complex. But I will most certainly enjoy this while it is around.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Before I go in to this- This is more drinkable than the ruination 10th anniversary but along the same lines. Red. head is moderate and fading. Nose is citrus, ripe sweet fruits, resins, cooked pineapple, sweet malt. Flavor is again sweet resinous hop oils with sticky sweet malts, caramelized pineapples, cooked peaches with some grapefruit runs thrown in. Sweet malt flavor but finishes with a balance of sweetness and bitterness. Not as bad as the hate is giving it but its another ridiculous sweet IIPA. edit: had another one last night and it just doesn’t do it for me-so sweet Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Pours an amber color, pine citrus and hops hit me all at once. Good beer overall XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Has some nice citrus and resin scents. Pours a nice amber with a quickly fading head. Taste is a very bold bitter, nice hop flavor and a bit of a caramel roast.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2012
12 ounce bottle, packaged on 9/13/12. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like citrusy hops (mango, tropical fruit), toasted and caramel malt, pine hops, oranges, and a bit of cherry. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like caramel and toasted malt, citrusy hops (pineapple, mango, tropical fruit), candied oranges, pine hops, and some toffee. It’s sweeter tasting than I thought it would be, I was expecting a little more hoppiness but that’s not a complaint at all! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it’s creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. The 11% ABV is well hidden, it’s very easy to drink for a beer this strong. I liked this brew a lot, I figure the rest of my 6 pack won’t last too much longer. $17.99 a sixer. BelgianBeerGal (4244) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Draft sample at Big Beers. So I guess this is the undercover contiuation of the batch series. Pretty tasty over all. Nice sweet malt to balance the big bitterness.