superspak (6216) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2017 Anker (723) - Hillerød, - NOV 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Theis tasting.
Pours a hazy amber colour with a tan head.
Aroma is bitter hops, earl grey, caramel, pine and peach.
Flavour is similar with a medium bitter flowery finish.
Got as a gift from RaulMondesi. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/19/2017. Pours crystal clear deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with fantastic retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted bread, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very slight booze in the aromas as it warmed. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted bread, biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, lemon zest, orange peel, light pepper/pine, caramel, toasted bread, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, fairly sticky, and slightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden, a mildly increasing warmth of 10% lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic DIPA! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV; with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Extremely juicy hop complexity; sizable malt backbone, but never overly sweet/heavy feeling for the ABV with nice adequate lingering hop dryness. A highly enjoyable offering. Loved the hop profile, very classic tasting. Block (3222) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2017
Tasted at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. Good flavors, close to style, as expected without too many surprises. wombat23 (2147) - Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2017
Draft at the source. Clear amber with a light beige head. Aroma of citrus, pine, caramel. Taste follows nose with a boozy warming finish. Christos (5909) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2017
(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 (2572) - ’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 (943) - - APR 27, 2017
Ruikt vooral zoet, beetje hop. Aardige hoeveel carbo, zoet, hoppig. Lekker biertje. Bosbouw (3038) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2017
Mooie oranje kleur met een goede kraag. Ruikt fruitig, hop, orange. Smaakt fruitig, bitter, zoetig, orange. Bitterzoete afdronk. caesar (7397) - 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 (4704) - 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 (16923) - 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.