JPDIPSO (6262) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 14, 2006
Somewhat muddy umber color with a moderate beige/tan head. Heavy sheet of lace as it subsides. Caramel, toffee and toast mix with green hops, grapefruit, mildly solvent laden pine and resin. Ok, I have to get myself ready for a double ESB/Bitter, when do we get a double mild? Quite thick, but for all the sweetness it is in no way cloying. Smooth and quite soft throughout the swig. Mild toffee and caramel, followed by a burst of fruit, with plums, raisins and a light berry aside. Some balancing citric hops that also have a touch of dry wood to them. Hints of spice and alcohol in the finish and linger. Call it a double ESB, american strong, double amber, it still seems to translate to a average strong ale. bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Poured a red amber color with nice head and great lacing. Aroma was of light fruits and malts. Flavor was of caramel malts and brown suger hops in the aftertaste. Solid beer.
User37895 (3042) - - AUG 16, 2006
Didn’t expect much going into this one, but it was thoroughly enjoyable, especially when combined mid-glass with some spicey salsa and tortilla chips. Pour was murky ruby-amber with a very nice head that lasted quite well and provided excellent lacing. The aroma was malty, lightly fruited (pears and / or even a strawberry type aroma) with almost a light salty or seawead/water scent lingering underneath. Flavor was caramel malty, light bread, brown sugar, somewhat sweet but not cloying, then of course finishing with an assertive but not overdone hop presence. Hops were a little spicey and grapefruity, and they came out even stronger with spicey food to accompany. Mouthfeel was full with plenty of unfilteredness going on. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2006
(06.05.06) One pint, 9.36 oz green bottle from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 9% ABV. Poured hazy brown with small off-white head. Soft carbonation. Clean hoppy aroma. Medium-to-full bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and caramel/hoppy flavors. Some mouth sharpness. Hop bitterness starts in the middle. Finished with lingering hop bitterness. A rich, hoppy, and flavorful beer. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours a ruddy brown with a reasonable, though diminishing white dense head with streaky lacing. The nose is enormous. Big sweet round malts (including hints of caramel and chocolate), juicy floral hops, and a touch of juicy fruit. Reminiscent of an american barleywine with some age on it. Smooth and mouthfilling on the palate with nice low carbonation and a little bit of alcohol warming. The flavor is a slight drop off from the aroma, more reminiscent of a small double IPA. Sweet round malts with floral hops and herbal carroty flavors. Definite creamy chocolate undertones. Alcohol is bigger for sure. The finish is a floral/alcohol/chocolate bitterness, but the sweetness lingers a bit too long making it less clean. I enjoyed this a lot at first and slight less as time went on.
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2006
A sweet beer, mostly caramel, nuts, bitter, malty and hoppy, spice, carrots, some noticeable alcohol. I enjoyed it- it tastes like something between a barleywine and an IPA, and theres a lot going on, but its smooth and everything fits together nicely. Plus it looks nice- reddish brown with a lasting offwhite head. fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Some beers have divergent elements that just get muddied and despite having bits that are appealing, the whole doesn’t come together. This is a bit muddied as well, but for me at least it does come together if only as one might find things in a snadwhich where the crusty bread and strong mustard, leafy lettuce, carrots .. okay - maybe you get the picture, maybe you don’t. This is no exquisite representation of brewing, but it is a good one or one I like and I thank dewbrewer for saying something like that aloud and helping me remember it as I was able to sip some more and reflect. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2006
750ml. Bottle. Deep hazy amber with a bubbly head. Metallic, caramel and nut aroma. The flavor has minerals, caramel with nuts and a lightly earthy pine that I found enjoyable. The body was full and round (somewhat "grainy" as noted previously) with a semi-dry finish. A good brew. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Pour is murky ruddy amber with a dense sticky tan head...smell is grapefruit and pine with hints of soap...taste is sweet throughout with some light citric hop notes, but more sweet than anything...I agree with Lumpy, the first thing I thought was I ws drinking the shittiest Arrogant Bastard ever, but it really is fairly tasty...a little thin bodied, but definately good...I was thinknig about picking another one up for the cellar, but for $11 a pop, I’m not sure yet...we’ll see what I think after I finish this one... Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle corked and caged. Big aggressive malt and hop nose that reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. Pretty hazy orange body with a one finger lasting foam head. Taste-malty, nutty, dusty, straw, bitter hops (perfect amount), not over the top sweetness, grapefruit, pear, light caramel, grainy. Bitterness lingers in the mouth like medicine, but it is not entirely off putting. A very well done ASA in the spirit of Arrogant Bastard. Only downfall is the nose.