nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12 oz. Amber-copper colored pour with a dense creamy head. Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, hops, grass, pine resin, and toffee. Big sweet, caramel flavor up front with a chewy and thick hoppy finish. Warming alcohol in the belly. Very nice. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12oz bottle served in a tulip. This beer poured a hazy, dark amber with a one-finger thick head of light tan foam that quickly settled into a lasting cap. A small amount of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma included fresh grapefruit, pine, and perfumey citrus. Also a healthy amount of caramel and toffee. The flavor had a good amount of bitter pine and citrus, but also a very sturdy caramel malt backbone. Almost like a big American barley wine, but still plenty hoppy. The high ABV was almost undetected. The mouthfeel was heavy and definately full-bodied. Minimal carbonation. This was a monster of a beer. Heavily hopped with plenty of malt. Very nice! ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2009
12oz bottle via trade at DLD ’09. pours a dark copper with a thin, whispy light beige head. aroma is massive pine and earthy hops with slight floral notes, grapefruit, big toffee malts, and a bit of booze. flavor is an initial blast of booze, big piney hops, citrus, and spice backed by big caramel malts, brown sugar, oak, and more booze with a big, bitter hop finish. mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty slick, and nicely carbonated. overall, a massive DIPA that could easily pass for a barley wine but is damn tasty. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Brownish orange pour, small whitish head. Huge pine and malt aroma. Hop aroma is mostly pine, but lemon and grapefruit lurk as well. Flavor is true to nose with a slight alcohol burn in the finish, but for 13.6 this drinks well. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2009
UPDATED: APR 30, 2009 malt bomb! flavor is plenty spicy...dark color even for the style. very malty but not sticky...moreso very crunchy with excellent toffee character. some booze finally appears in aroma after repeated attempts but still nothing like the 12% it rides it at.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
Hell yeah yet another beauty at DLD! Great rich golden/orange color with a sticky white head. Damn this beer smells good. Tons of citrus, pine, and caramel malts. I almost get some woody notes as well. Flavor is hoppy, sweet, hoppy, sweet and hoppy! citrus, pine trees, caramel malt. Its good. Yep. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2009
12 oz, poured a murky, chunky unfiltered orange amber with a small white head. Scents of orange, pine, wood, sugar... of course quite hoppy. Sweet at first, orange fading into grapefruit and hops, alcohol presence throughout (obviously). This one’s HOT, should let this sit for a few months to age and mellow down. Still this one was quite delicious. jsh420 (11) - Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2009
let bottle warm for 15min after taking it out of fridge. pours burnt orange with a finger of head. smells boozy and tropical. taste is very sweet and tropical i pickup some bubblegum flavors also with a slight bitter finish with a nice malt backbone. mouthfeel is very heavy not an dipa that i could have more then a bomber of. i have had this beer many times in the last month and i prefer it served a tad colder then celler temp.
the bottle says this beer ages well and i have stashed 4 away too find out. coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - APR 26, 2009
bottle. Pours a thick brownish orange with a good lacing head. Aroma is of pine trees and caramel. Flavor is strong with Caramel malt with a light mix of hops in the background. This is way better than the original, with the 13.6% being rather well hidden. Rather oily and viscous for an IIPA AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice amber with thick white head, nice lacing. Aroma was strong with hops. Also detected citrus, honey, and a bit of sweet malts. The flavor was about the same, but alcohol came out. The finish was a hoppy delight. This is truely a great beer. I would drink it every day if I could find it. Thanks to the guys at DLD for hooking me up.