Christos (5766) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2017 Cannile (12) - California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I cracked the bottle and was immediately greeted with an explosion of deep forest pine and dank hop skunkiness. Pours thick and moderately syrupy. Dark copper in color. Head dissipates fairly quickly, though leaves generous lacing at every inch it touches. Aroma of sharp pine, rosemary, weed, and grass. As the liquid warms, that signature butterscotch aroma of diacetyl quickly makes an appearance. And although this descriptor may be used often, there is an element in its aroma that smells as if you really are sticking your nose into a package of fresh high-alpha hops. Moderately full bodied and fairly sweet with generous two-dimensional caramel and scotch malt characteristics. Immediately displays a perfect dose of that first-wort bitter characteristic along with that butterscotch diacetyl we talked about upon sipping, following by a complimentary dose of spice and pine hop characteristics. Hardly oxidized. There are little to no fruity, citric hop attributes in this one. I find that the entire hop profile of this beer is balanced in absolute perfect harmony, in that it is not weighted as too bitter, too flavorful, or too aromatic. Also, at ten percent alcohol by volume, there is not a single hint of booze. The first thing that comes to mind as I enjoy this Knuckle Sandwich is a coiled rattlesnake, ready to strike at its unsuspecting prey, in the sense that every aspect of this beer is pulled back and tight-knit; bitterness, maltiness, flavorful, moderately full-bodied ... and yet I am only halfway through the twenty-two ounce bottle and am already feeling its venomous effects. Pretty good stuff.
(Bootleggers Knuckle Sandwich) Bottle at Anticarnaval tasting.
Deep copper colour on the body, clear, with a small, off-white hed on top.
Lots of caramel malts, alcohol and light hops on the aroma.
Taste is sweet with caramel, biscuit, dough, light hop presence, alcohol.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Nice one for a hoppy barleywine, a bit heavy for a DIPA. Abijen (2571) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2017
Oranje rood bier met een kleine witte schuim kraag. Ruikt fruitig, hop, zoet fruit. Smaakt naar rood fruit, hop, bitter. hansvf (898) - - APR 27, 2017
Ruikt vooral zoet, beetje hop. Aardige hoeveel carbo, zoet, hoppig. Lekker biertje. Bosbouw (2924) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2017
Mooie oranje kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt fruitig, hop, orange. Smaakt fruitig, bitter, zoetig, orange. Bitterzoete afdronk. caesar (7133) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2017
Bottle @ Benzai’s Crazy Carnaval 2017, 5-10 cl sample, thanks all for sharing! Almost clear orange golden color, short frothy head. Aroma is malty and "weeig", so a bit herbal. Lacks some fresh hops and, even though it might not be superfresh, is clearly focused on being a malty DIPA. Too sweet in taste for me. Meh.
ShivanDragon (4120) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2017
van fles @Benzai’s Anti-carnaval Tasting; 66cl, 10%. helder amber/rood met geelwitte bubbels/kraag. Aroma is hoppig, graan en mout. Smaken zijn vrij moutig. hoog alcoholisch, granig, niet echt typisch een DIPA meer een US Barley Wine, wat granig-mout van karakter. Benzai (15607) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle @ Anti-carnaval Tasting. Clear reddish color, medium sized white to off-white head. Aroma is malts, sticky resinous hops. Taste malts, hops, sticky resinous piney hops, heavy sweet, sweet sticky hops, medium bitter. Medium body and carbonation. A bit too much barley wine-ish, but otherwise decent. DutchDrebus (6002) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 25, 2017
Bottle @ anti-carnaval tasting. Amber colour with a small off-white head. Smells sweet, barley wine. Tastes sweet, sticky sweet, malty. Full body, soft carbo. snoworsummer (5694) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2017
From a bottle. Pours clear copper with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like caramel malt, resin, sweet grapefruit, nutty, boozy, and citrus hops. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like grapefruit hops, toffee malt, resin, and nutty. DwarfeD (3513) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2017
660ml bottle shared at home. Pale dark golden with a medium white head. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Quite bitter with nice fruity sweetness. Pine, caramel, tangerine, peach and malts. Good!