RATINGS: 1856   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
Our “Velvet M-80” is a hefty, dry hopped double-red ale with a nose full of aroma, a sticky mouthfeel, a malty middle and unctuous hop flavors. G’Knight sports a surprisingly sensuous finish for a beer of its size (8.7% ABV, 60 IBUs). It’s brewed in tribute to a fellow Colorado craft beer pioneer and Vietnam vet who died fighting a 2002 wild fire outside of our Lyons hometown. For all the details behind this tribute follow this link to www.N3978Y.com. G’Mornin’. G’Day. G’Knight.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (9861) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 First rating from back in 2007
355 ml can at The Rover, Göteborg
Clear copper color, white head. Extreme fruity hoppy citrus scent. Very bitter hoppy apricot taste. Smooth mouthfeel, big bitterness.

Can at Rotary, Göteborg, on September 2, 2011
Hazy brown color, big lasting off-white head. Cream malty scent. Hoppy cream taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2007
12 oz can. Pours dark orange color with white head. Smells like malts and piney hops, neither one overpowering the other. Lots of flavor... taste is similar to Dale’s, but somewhat stronger. Medium sweetness. If it weren’t so unnecessarily expensive, this would be a regular for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 (Bottle) Pours amber red. Strong green hop aroma with a lot of pine, grapefruit and black currant. Also some apricots, resin, blood oranges and hints of lychee. All the hops almost burnes your nose hair. Malt brings caramel and some honey are also present. Light to medium sweet flavour with hoppy tones of pine, oranges, black currant tea and light grapefruit. Some caramel. Round and a bit sticky mouthfeel Medium to full bitterness. Dry. Grape peel tart-ish finish. Medium full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Can: Deep rusty copper/ orange color with clarity and a well retained tan head. Very nicely aromatic which is full of cascades and various sweet American hops. Some lemon cookies and citruses. The body/mouth feel is a bit lacking. There’s definitely lots of malt in the flavor though, giving it a slightly slick mouth feel. The hops are there yet don’t seem as robust as the aroma. Some what strange papery resin-ish finish. The flavors aren’t bad, but seem subdued or restrained somehow. Straight forward and still decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Can. Deep amber with a thick tan head that diminishes to a thin coating rather quickly. Fruity aroma of oranges, pine, and cookies, but not quite as powerful as I expected. Moderate hop bitterness (pine, orange peels) in the flavor is accompanied by a nutty, bready sweetness. Good, but not mind-blowing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdhunt76 (56) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Can. Ruby red pour with auburn highlights. The big rich fruity nose reminds me of a barleywine. A lot of hops in the flavor from beginning to end with fruit tones of cherry and ripe red grape in layers below. The finishing hops add an almost rose petal while the bittering hops completely obscure the 8.7% ABV. Very rich full flavor, but the body is only a medium-plus, so it’s not quite as "sticky" as the label indicates, but it does make it surprisingly refreshing for an American strong ale. On a side note, as the beer breathed, the nose and palate seemed to reverse - the nose becoming all hop, while the flavor became more fruity. This kept the beer complex and interesting through to the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crit (3915) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2007
Tap at fest : Sparkling amber,lasting beige head.Rich malt/hop nose.Huge malt profile, great long strong hop finish. Chewy and well balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Pours a deep amber with one and a helf finger head that settles slowly to a thick cap. The foam leaves behind a nice sheeting of lace. Smell; piney hop resins with grapefruit and oranges shining through as well. Some nice caramel malt sweetness is present, with a very nice floral aroma floating around the fringes. Taste; grapefruit and oranges dominate, but the pine is present right behind and there’s some other tropical fruits mixed in. Very hoppy, but not crushingly so. The malts do just enough to balance out the hops a little with some caramel and brown sugar. It’s a bit sweeter than I expected, but it seems to fit this beer very well. Mouthfeel is fully bodied and oh so smooth and creamy. This is one of the smoothest beers that I’ve had in a while, and that only increases the drinkability for me. I picked this up at total wine and more is Sterling, Va and I’m glad I finally had a chance to try it. I just hope that I’ll have another chance to have this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4156) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 12, 2007
Can from mcbackus, thanks Matt! nose of piney citrusy hops; copper-orange with a medium beige head; flavor of piney hop bitterness and a bit of caramel sweetness, but not much. Medium body has a hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aegrus (49) - USA - JUN 11, 2007
Can. Tullip. Orange-amber pour with creamy tan head. Very hoppy aroma with a hint of sweet malt. Pleasantly bitter, but lacking in complexity. Malty notes are accented by a medium-heavy mouth feel. Good.

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