janir (216) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is dark, dirty brown. Head is light brown. Aromas are citrus fruits, mango?, yeast, sweety malts with lots of hops. Alcohol comes also through. Flavors are malt, spices, pine with lots of hops. Alcohol can’t be tasted at all but you can feel it. Beer is full-bodied, smooth and balanced.
bb (8952) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Brown beer with a tan head. Citrus, caramel, earthy, pine aroma. Rich malt flavor with lot of hops - malt, caramel, pine, citrus. Medium bodied. Lingering malt, pine. Balanced - nicely done. More of an ASA than a IIPA
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a completely opaque very dark brown. Big creamy tan head with good lacing. Aroma is toasted malts and spicy bitterness. Taste is burnt malts, spices, dark fruits and a whole bung of hop. What brings this beer together is that it’s incredibly smooth and creamy.
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
3/15/08 - Split with Naka (his 200th). Pours black/brown with thick, foamy, beige head. Decent lacing. Nose is odd, a touch of fruit and slight caramel. Not much there. Taste is a well balanced caramel and biscuit, chocolate, and toffee malt character with a big bitter and some good resiny pine and citrus hop flavor. Mouthfeel is out of this world. Well balanced and very tasty. A touch of roast and sweet. Good stuff.
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[bottle] Dark brown in color, with some really impressive head formation. Dense, creamy.. very fine bubbles. Aroma is piney and resinous, with some slight malt sweetness. Flavors are really quite malty at first, blending well with the powerful hop character throughout. Slightly alcoholic, warming finish.
xmarcnolanx (932) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lies! This is not a double IPA. This is an ASA or Barleywine.
Aroma is dense, dark fruit, chocolate, and citrusy hops. Rich, complex aroma.
Taste is initially citrus hops, rind, chocolate malt.
Finishes crisp and dry. Very English style in the B-wine aspects, dry, citrus, et cetera.... However the chocolate malt throws me. This is too rich and complex to be an IPA, definitely a B-wine or ASA, barring that.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep, deep brown hue with a light tan head with some of the best lacing I have seen in a while. Aromas of pine, a little floral, dried fruit. Flavors of pine, citrus a light cocoa note with a light, somewhat creamy mouth feel. While many compare this to bigfoot, I find it to be a lot smoother both with alcohol burn and finish. The chocolate malts add a nice roast to the finish.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a 2-finger light beige head. Really nice lacing as well. Has a nose of floral hops and a little bit of fruity undertones, but it is really light and understated. Achieves being very sweet and bitter simultaneously. Some chocolate and caramel maltyness, but leaves a huge piney bitter taste on the tongue. One of the best bodied beers I’ve ever had. I want to eat it with a spoon.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz. bottle from Liquid Solutions - Pours a brown color with a huge light tan head. Well it took about 5 minutes for the head to settle enough to start drinking the beer. Thick lacing. Aroma is light toasted malt and lightly spiced hops. Flavor has that sweet Maris Otter taste. Nicely balanced this the spicy, herbal flavor of the hops. Very smooth. Full body. A very nice beer.
jake65 (3493) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark chestnut colored pour wtih a large, creamy beige head. Thick lacing. Malty and citrus filled aroma with bits of pine. Piney and citrus hops blend with some chocolatey maltiness. Bits of roast and a little candied sugar. Smooth and creamy with a nice warming sensation. I wish I would have known this was an IIPA rather than a BW so I could have tasted it fresher. Still, quite nice.