sirpsycho (396) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Bottle, aged about a year or so. Pours a hazy amber, small off-white head. Aroma is oily hops and caramel. Flavor serves up a palate of slightly sweet hops, malt and caramel, but not in a cloying manner. Had to look at the bottle when I was half way through the glass, didn’t realize this stuff was 13.6% !!! Alcohol was very well hidden, sneaks up on ya and smacks ya !!! Almost like a DFH 120, but much more enjoyable. Great beer, hope I can get my hands on more. yespr (48931) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange to light brown with a diminished white head. Dense spiced hoppy aroma. Sweet malty at first with an intense hoppy flavour following. Dense bitter and dry wooden hops flavoured. Smooth and nicely balance finish with a light malt base just enough to match the hops flavours. stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Beer Tasting at Heritage Liquor(Maplewood, MN) - pours orange/amber with a decent size white creamy head that fades quickly leaving just a small white film. The nose is amazing, hops all the way, tons of citrus. The first drink, it was really sweet and really bitter. Big hop flavor, pine, citrus (grapefruit and orange) you can taste the caramel malt behind all the hops. The body is full with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. The alcohol is very well hidden, but it is there. Overall, this is a very well done Double IPA. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, Riverside! Crystal clear dark gold. Thin gray rim. Light webby lace. Bitter orange pith notes. Smells like candied citrus fruits baked in a heavily glazed pastry. Thick, sticky, syrupy body. Good night Irene, this is a heavy big beer. Slushy and goopy, plenty of caramel and grainy sweetness. The fruits and candies come through it all somehow. Long sticky finish. Finally some hops pop up for a cameo in the back of your throat, long after the swallow.
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Pours copper with a thin white head. Smells of resiny hops, some caramel, some spicy sweetness. Tastes of caramel, some resiny hints, earthy. Nice citrussy finish.
BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2009 Bottle thanks to StFun, thanks dude. Poured a deep caramel-amber color with a thick, yellow-tinted off-white head that slowly faded to a thick layer and left nice lacing. Aroma of pungent, earthy hops with some light pine resin, a bit of citric fruitiness (orange peel, grapefruit), and some undertones of sweet caramel malt. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some caramel malt softly transitions into a spicy, piny hoppiness with some floral undertones and hints of grapefruit and orange. Soft carbonation, slick and full on the palate. No sign of alcohol. For what it is, this is really enjoyable. Perhaps not the traditional American IIPA, but good. Thanks Josh! grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2008
A gift from Brewso. Thanks Aaron! Pours a reddish amber with little head. Alcohol is there, but I never would have guessed it was 13+%. Aroma is pine and spicy hops, a lot of caramel and toffee. Nice and sweet, some bitterness left to back it up. A little too under carbonated. Has become a hoppy barleywine. illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2008
2007 12oz bottle. Pours amber red with almost no head. I had to splash the final few ounces to get some froth. Surprisingly low carbonation, gives this a syrupy mouthfeel - something that I don’t really care for in a IIPA. Sweet, with moderate hoppy bitterness, caramel, malt, tofee, and honey. Just not balanced enough for my taste... seems like a barley wine to me. Definitely can’t hang with the IIPA offerings from FFF, Russian River or Bells. kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Way too much stuff. Palate is humongously bitter. Looks good, dark gold, white head. Aroma is spicy hops and some malts. Flavor is balanced decently of hops and malts but then on the palate, extremely bitter and very alcoholic. Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Thanks JVD for this want
Green waxed bottle poured into a tulip glass. Hazy amber in color with slight fine sediments floating around toped of with an off white head that goes to a thick lace.
Aromas of this brew is sweet malts and piney. It is towards the barleywine in its nose.
Flavors of bitter hops hit the tongue first but then a slight sweetness ensues from the malts it is thick on the tongue and dries in the finish. I didn’t taste the alcohol at all but its effects are evident.
This brew is a sipper and not one that you would drink more than one of in a sitting .It was an enjoyable experience and I do it again