daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Rich red pour. Huge tan head. Aroma is a bit sweet and hoppy. Good caramel malt and some good citrus and aroma hops. Flavor is hoppy and toffee mixed. Some spicy hops on the finish...creamy and pretty nice. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2010
750ml from LiquorMax - thanks, Nick! I’ve been enjoying what Odell has been doing with their limited beers of late, and this is a solid, enjoyable ASA. A mild gusher on the pour, the beer settles down into a nice looking mahogany as advertised. Creamy vanilla head, foamy and good retention. Big hops in the nose, crisp and spicy, almost to the point of obscuring the other dimensions (close to an 8 though). Taste is quite enjoyable, like that mid-point between regular and double Bastard in all honesty. Some slight citrus in there for character but it’s mostly towards the bitter end of the spectrum. Not bad at all. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2010
750ml. Pours clear dark amber with a huge 4 finger dense light tan head. The nose is sweet caramel, ripe citrus and light pine. The taste - when the head finally died down a bit – is toffee, sweet citrus, some tart grapefruit and light resin in the finish. Medium bodied. Sweet, but tasty. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours dark and opaque w/ a fuming head that takes too long to receede. Smells of citrus and spices. Medium nectar w/ ample effers. Cave like flavors of minerals, sulphur, then dried stonefruit, cocoa, citrus, and brown sugar. The brew is brisk w/ a nice hop component that penetrates and lingers. yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Pours dark brown with slight haze, and enormous amount of head. I had to pour into 3 separate glasses because the head just gushed everywhere. Oddly enough, now that it is poured, the beer does seem to be flat and lacks carbonation on the palate!
Nose has a caramel malty character with some piney grapefruit in the background. Maybe orange.
Palate is candy-malty sweet with a fair amount of alcohol warmth, some citrus hops towards the end, and a candy sweet finish. Low carbonation is noted again.
Kevin (2218) - Montana, USA - DEC 29, 2009
the joy of insomnia is drinking great beer until 4 am then getting up at 6 am brewing coffee, frying bacon and eggs, and starting another day , and this is a day off so let’s see what we can not accomplish today, i think a lot won’t get done today. pours a dark brown with a huge lasting bulky yellow white head. sweet hopped up aroma that grassy citrus with a banana nut muffin side and a touch of pepper. hop flavor is not aggressive, but gives way to a woody caramel flavor. cotton candy and citrus meet and seem to get along. the thick mouthfeel is enjoyable and the finish is more earthy and dough like. i was afraid of a hop bomb when i read the label, glad their is a strong malt profile, likely too strong for some of the hop freaks around, but they have no souls so i don’t care. very drinkable if a little muddy with flavors. like a big hyped up amber and i like ambers. the cheesey hop notes start to take over the finish as this warms and the caramel cotton candy turns into a sugary bubblegum. may not repeat purchase, but not upset about spending the money. i need to get started on some shrimp etouffee soon, this is a decent way to start offthe day, history channel showing physics shows, good music in the air, and a warming sweet beer to start the day.
4 6 6 4 14 Ernest (7939) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark amber to medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit, apricot), with notes of alcohol, candy sugar, dried mango.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Very sweet and kind of syrupy, but it has an enticing enough nose. Not bad. Pecan (157) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Poured deep brownish amber with intense head. Aroma of fruits, pine, and hops. Also smells a bit of sweet malt. Taste follows up on the light malt aroma with more contribution from the malt in the form of smoky caramel and earthy and citrus hops. Finishes crisp with hops. Good enough to buy two bottles and cellar one. ericyyz (18) - three bridges, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2009
750 ml bottle purchased from the brewery. aroma is a huge bouquet of citrus hops and alcohol. color is a beautiful deep red with a large tan head. hop flavor is mellow, not resiny or bitter, mix of citrus and pine. very smooth, with dark/chocolatey malts and a nice alcohol burn at the end. kind of reminds me of troegs flying moufflan. very nice beer. too bad odell’s doesn’t come to the east coast :[ bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2009
( 750ml bottle, 2009 vintage ) Pours a deep mahogany body with a thick frothy beige head and nice spider-web lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, roastiness, caramel, and toffee. Flavor of grapefruit, roasted malts, toasted grain, caramel, and light cocoa with a bitter finish. Well done.