bhensonb (15079) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
Bottle. Very strong aromas of roasted malt, pine and perhaps citrus. Luminous mahogany color (under halogen) with a tannish head that went up and down quite quickly. Medium to full body with very smooth carbonation. The flavor starts very malty, but there is an awful lot of hop to nearly balance it. The finish is rather sweet, but the hop continues to build. There’s a lot of malt and hop, but it could stand more bitter. Heat was hardly noticeable, and didn’t interfere with the flavor. Ferris (15001) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle - Malty caramel sweetness with a bit of earthy hops. Clear copper with a decent white head. Bitter sweet malty notes, more like an american barley wine. Another nice showing. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 1, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2010 Re-rate 2/24/10: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Deep clear amber with a beige head. Aroma of piney and resinous hops, smoky hints, some cookie-ish malt and caramel notes. Flavor is mostly bitter, hoppy, oily and resinous with some alcohol, fruits and light malty sweetness. Full-bodied. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
Ratman197 (14664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2006
2007 bottle. Very dark amber color with a big and slowly-diminishing beige head. Juicy hoppy nose with lots of citrus and some pine and some malty, a bit cookie-ish, notes. Flavor is malty and sweet with caramel, biscuits, hints of bread and lots of hops, which are later getting intense, leading to a very bitter finish with some grapefruit and oranges and mild tongue-tickling alcohol notes. Body is quite full and the mouthfeel is oily. This one is nice! 8/4/7/4/15=3.8
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear, dark copper with a small amber head. Aromas of plum, vanilla and brown sugar. Palate was light bodied and slightly syrupy. Flavors of sweet dark fruit with a warming bitter finish. Scopey (14498) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2012
Bottle from BrewDog bar Aberdeen. It pours deep red-brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is gingerbread, wood, cake, spice and dark fruit. The taste is oak, leather, resin, alcohol warmth, spice, fruit cake and stewed orange citrus fruit, with a decent bitter finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Well balanced. I like it.
Tmoney99 (14365) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2005
Bottle. Good brew. Dark brown hazy hue with a average frothy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt and smoky tone. Flavor is heavy with a long bitter finish. Medium to full body with a moderate alcohol finish. djd07 (14355) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2009
On tap at Flying Saucer. Has a cloudy copper golden color with a large frothy light tan head that lasts awhile. Good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet pine hops and citrus. The taste is a sweet caramel not as hoppy as i was expecting, alchol is present but not too overbearing. A very well done American strong ale from Stone. Borup (14268) - Albertslund, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2016
Sample from a bottle. Hazy dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, alcohol, hops, spice, dried fruit, caramel and oak. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2003
(2002 release): I'd waited so long for this beer -- first, knowing it was out there, and then finding out that a small shipment was making it to dc, only to find out that the 2 bottles my retailer had set aside for me had mistakenly been sold (it turns out they were sold to daniwerks (and to his credit, one evening he actually gave me a few ounces to sip!)). Second, I'd asked my brother in Phoenix to pick up three bottles, but when I got out there last month, it runs out he'd mistaken one bastard for another, picking up AB instead of DB (definitely not a member of this site). Fortunately, Gusler came to the rescue, and provided me a bottle from his cellar. So after all that effort, did I like what I found? Hell yes. Clear ruby body with minimal head. Aroma is grapefruit hoppy, cherry, flowery hoppy, mildly sweet, rich and inviting. Taste is a rich amalgam of flavors -- floral hop, grapefruit hop, cherry, toffee, and orange. Finishes with a warming alcohol burn. Thank you sir, can I have another? Lubiere (13771) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2006
Hazed red amber ale with a good off white head. Coniferous, resinous hops with floral complexity. In mouth, a pinhous and complex ale with good floral hops, caramel, light molasse notes, raisinous quality, like a barley wine. Smooth and delicious. Post-Mondial 2006 tasting at Goldorak.