blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 28, 2009
bottle poured into a snifter has an orange brown color and a heavy coating of off white head that retained well. aroma has sweet malt, peppery hops, sugar sweetness, and spiced yeast. a little musty but nice. mouth feel is medium but coats well, frothed up with the high carbonation. flavor has some roast, toasted malt, bitter hops, nutmeg, spiced yeast, and something that gives it a twang i cant quite pin down. sweet and bitter with some interesting spices going on. somewhat in a style of it’s own. malrubius (2959) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle in snifter. Dark brownish red with nice lasting tan head and lace. Toasted brown sugar aroma with hops yeast and a little warmth. Toasted brown sugar malt with mild dark fruit mild wood and very dry (almost too dry) mildy bitter finish with a little lingering woodsiness. Medium-full body and medium low carbo (and room temp) make for a great creamy mouthfeel. An excellent barleywine...as an IIPA, not so much. BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2009
Bottle pours a hazy dark brown with a towering tan head. Sweet malty aroma with fruit notes.Taste is caramel, brown sugar, overripe fruits, hoppy bitter finish. Mouth feel is semi-coating with a good alcohol burn and bitter finish. nkruback (4) - Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2009 does not count
Decent head retention, powerful lacing, and a tawny, opaque hue. A nose of slightly aged hops (would’ve been better fresh). Caramel malt and some fruity phenols. Mouth feel is slightly thin, but flavor profile is rocketsauce. Undeniably smooth for 10% ABV. soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle, pours dark brown with a huge frothy head. Aroma isfruity with plum and sherry wine notes, it is also doughy. A much dryer taste than expected from the aroma and color. I probably would not of bought it if it said IIPA on the bottle, but it is a smooth one especially as the beer warms. This beer also has imperial stout characteristics with its dry roasted malt taste. Alcohol is slightly noticeable and the character of the yeast is a nice subtle complement. I enjoy the sweet, vinous taste before the hops take over, although the hops are nice.
glennmastrange (2897) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2009
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread, cereal, toasted and molasses, moderate resin for the hops, light dough for the yeast, with hints of cherry, alcohol, dark dried fruits and faint spice. Head is small, creamy with some larger bubbles, off-white to light brown in color, with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor is moderately sweet and lightly acidic to start and the long finish is light sweet and acidic and moderately to heevily bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily almost syrupy, and has a lively carbonation. It finishes moderately alcoholic. A great, complex beer with attributes of a Barley Wine, a DIPA and an American Strong. topherh (1929) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2009
Pours cloudy light brown. With a one finger beige head. Light hops, caramel, cheesy funk in the nose. Flavor is smooth, bitter hop, roasty malts, licorice, and a bit of chocolate. Well balanced and very enjoyable. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Cloudy dark amber body with a thin creamy off-white head. Big citrus and floral hop aroma with some light caramel. Huge citrus and resiny hop flavor with a caramel background. Medium full body with moderate carbonation and a syrupy finish.
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 0.5 l bottle from Bieropholie, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. DE09/08. Batch 348, BB 270313.HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
App.: Very deep copper/brown with a smallish tan head.
Aroma: Lots of ginger and spices (what???), some pine, some alcohol, wood and nuttiness, some dark molasses, caramel and toffee, bitter orange, alcohol, light chocolate.
Palate: Medium body and moderate to soft carbonation.
Flav.: Still tons of spices, lead be ginger, then allspice and cinnamon, maybe cardamom(?), light chocolate and some other malts; somewhat sweet and quite bitter.
I very strongly suspect that this is Underlig Jul, NOT 100. This is so wrong for an IIPA that I would even put money on it...how curious.
As #100: 4-3-4-3-6
As Underlig Jul: 6-3-6-3-11
Re-rated and much better!
Another 0.5 l bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Batch 837, BB 27.07.16.
App.: Very deep cola-brown with a wispy tan head.
Aroma: Strong pine/resin and peppercorn aromas from the hops, deep, dark malts, rye, very stern molasses, some dark dried fruits, some alcohol, very dark, deep and potent.
Palate: Medium+ body, somewhat relaxed effervescence with a few prickly bubbles.
Flav.: Deep, dark, black, serious, lots of pine/resinous hops, a bit of eucalyptus, less peppery than the nose, plenty of dark molasses motes, very malty in a deep, sweet way, toffee and treacle, certainly an IIPA or Barleywine; sweet with big bitterness and a long, very boozy, prickly, warm, mouth-coating, dark finish.
Now that’s more like it! I knew something was up.
Crushed with CaryTheDude and some other guy watched. Very dark brown pour with a creamy off white head. Woah. Big, hoppy, fruity aroma. A bit of cheese there too. Lots of sweetness. Flavor is hoppy, chocolatey, some tobacco. Really incredible brew, glad I got to share it with theDude.