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 (4088) - 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. liinis (1791) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2009
a lot of nice and sweet liquorice. just slightly too bitter. lovely, brings water to mouth
alexsdad06 (10821) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2009
500 ml bottle courtesy of sprinkle. Pours a dark brown color with a large beige head. The aroma is a little on the light side, but includes dark malts, moderate sweetness, and a hint of the hops. The flavor is very much like a barleywine, or at least an aged DIPA. It opens with a hefty dose of caramel malt goodness, followed by some hoppy bitterness and a little roast. The alcohol comes through a bit as it warms. This is another solid offering from Nogne O. sundevil27 (47) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2009
Purchase at the New Beer Distributors in NYC. Dark red in color with a three finger head that descents at a very slow pace. The aroma is very interesting and nice with hints of citrus. Taste of hops, but well balanced and hides the alcohol fairly well. That1Guy (2237) - Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra and hopefully with Honkeybra. Very confused after reading the description. Dont care what they say, it smells and looks like a barley wine. Flavor is ipa. Nice, could be the greatest combination ever. Pours black, nose of big hops and definitely dark fruits. Mostly hops in the flavor, which I guess makes it a ipa. Wicked bizzah and awesome. Awesome no matter what it happens to be. Honkeybra, gimme more. Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber body with an off white head. Lots of malty caramel up front with a grapefruit body and a strong alcohol warming. Chewy citrus hoppiness to finish. Good beer. HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
500ml bottle, served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Pours a deep reddish brown with two fingers of off white head. Plenty of carbonation. Piney hops in the aroma at first. Malt comes out in the aroma as it warms. Deep malty flavor. Hop bitterness in the finish, but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Very balanced, not a hit you over the head beer. Chocolate malt and fruit develops as it warms. Alcohol is not really evident. Long dry hoppy finish.