DocLock (11256) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2012
750 bottle from PUB’R. Pours turbid deep orangy /fall foliage oak leaf color with 1-finger frothy well-retained off-white head. Seriously, if you scored this one lower than a 3 for appearance, then I question your rating acumen, as it looks pretty as a picture. The nose is intense, very barleywiney, with huge caramel malt, hops, fermented dark fruit, mango, cognac, and berries. Tastes super rich, with a heavy caramel malt base, syrupy, with hints of cognac, a less sweet Irish Mist, huge tropical fruit including tangerine, pineapple, mango, and star fruit, and finishing cognac and spirity notes. Stays a bit sweet, with a huge palate heft and complexity. Oh, and don’t forget the hops. There’s more hops in this than you peons deserve, and a little more than that, too. I expect this one to age well for 20 years, and this would pair extremely well with a CAO maduro cigar as an after-meal smoke to a prelude dinner of roasted bartlett pear salad, black pepper-crusted lamb chop, and au gratin potatoes. tron3000atl (72) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Not sure what these d-bags who have also rated this are talking about. This is a fantastic brew. If you don’t categorize it into anything and just take if for what it is it is a fabulous experiment. If you made beer on a commercial scale you’d understand and this for being 11% is sex in a can. Big orange, more malty but incredibly, absolutely incredibly smooth for 11%. So suck my balls all ye who think it’s only an 81. Suck em. Maltajo (330) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Holy Cow this is a Big Beer! Thanks Dchmela! Nice dark pour with a light brown thick foamy head. Roasted barly and pine. Booming thick rich flavor with a bit of chocholet. Great pallat! aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 3, 2013
Thats Adam for the trade, I loved this beer. After returning home from RBWG2013, it was a nice last bottle in the fridge to wait out the winter. Crisp and warm in the taste, beautiful in the pour and texture. dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Pours a deep orange amber. KInd of sweet and syrupy but citrusy at the same time, that balances well. Seems I got a fresh one! I guess Raul the Quality control guy was not passed out when they bottled this batch!
No volcano of beer here! Overall very satisfying, a big thumbs up! Thanks Cigar City!
Palidor19 (3200) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Very heavy aroma with lots malty and syrup flavor. Very strong hops with pine but it’s. Not over powering but it’s very strong. One of the best. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Apple cider colored with big, foamy off-white head / Hoppy nose of pine, caramel, citrus / Full body, sweet and malty, chewy, with big, lightly biting hops, with good, sweet but bitter, slightly hot, finish / Big, rich flavors of fresh caramel, cut pine, orange, and grapefruit / A big malty monster, more on the triple ipa side. Ibrew2or3 (9047) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2012
750mL bottle courtesy of markwise pours clear deep copper with tan head. The aroma offers up sticky malts mixing with near robust levels of pine hop goodness and a modest level of sweet smelling fruity esters. Nice IIPA aroma. The taste is bold and rich and bitter. I get prune and cherry sweet fruity esters as well as firm levels of muted yet resiny pine hops. Between those notes sweet malts and pine hop flavor bind the experience together. Nice bold rich bitter IIPA and ‘homered’ in class too.