j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 7, 2012
Pouring at the Saturday afternoon session of EBF. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a thin beige head. Caramel with light hops. Malt, earthy, but a touch thin. May be thin, but still flavorful. Grainy and earthy malt and toast. Chewy hoppy finish with a long slow bitterness. Capa (3633) - DC, Washington DC, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Deep red with a massive and annoyingly persistent head. Aroma was light citrus fruit and earth tones with light nutty notes and a bit of toasted malts. Medium to full body. Flavor seemed a bit restrained. It seemed like there was all these tasty treats wanting to burst free but just couldn’t muster the strength (Not a temperature issue as this was cool but not cold when served). Light grapefruit, herbal notes, toasted malts, a bit of sweet malts, too. A bit of a let-down, actually. rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Wow, what a great beer. It was difficult to find but definitely worth the effort. It’s a great nutty, hoppy taste. It has a great dark brown color and mildly hoppy aroma. nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2012
22oz bomber. Ruby-amber-brown, kinda stained-glassy. Steady beige head. Pretty solid appearance-wise. Mellow, brown malt aroma. Pretty solid hoppy Amber, some of that fruity malt twang but also a respectable piny hop backbone. It could have benefited from a little more body, despite the big flavors it is a little thin and watery somehow...I guess if you were feeling nice you could call it clean..and there is the house Sam Adams flavor that still shines through as well, which makes it a little pedestrian. Still a solid offering, not mind blowing stuff, a little soapy in the finish. Would be more respectable if it was there six pack beer. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
22oz bottle from Binny’s poured into a shaker. Pours a very dark red with about 2 fingers of frothy white head. Aroma of resin hops, caramel, toffee and grapefruit. Taste is medium bitter. Resin, caramel and grapefruit. Medium body with a somewhat thin texture. Soft carbonation and a long bitter finish. Overall, not bad. I liked the 3rd voyage quite a bit better though.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 31, 2012
A great copper body with a tan head that had both great retention and lacing. Aroma had good caramel malts upfront and some mild roasted malts. A nice pine hop note which was complemented by a citrusy hop presence. Flavor was well balanced nice sweet malts and mild roasted malts were balanced out with good hops. Finish was smooth. hopscotch (11451) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Bottle… Pours a clear, beautiful copper color with a large, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The nose consists of malty notes of almonds, pistachios, caramel and light milk chocolate layered upon an earthy, citrusy hop component. Medium-bodied with subdued carbonation. Moderate, malty flavors of caramel and milk chocolate take a back seat to powerful, tannic, earthy hop bitterness. Thin, astringent, bone-dry finish rob6239 (677) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2012
Pours very dark red with thick frothy white head. Good hoppy aroma. Taste is strong bitter with malt with intense hops in the mid-range and finishes bitter. kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 28, 2012
(sample at the 2012 Boston Beer Summit Winter Jubilee) red amber with small head. Some malt and hops in the aroma. Flavor was more malty than hoppy (like a well hopped red ale). Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
THOUGHTS: Sort of in between an IPA and a black IPA. More resinous hops than I prefer, but still a nice beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark, read that was nearly black in the glass with and average to large, creamy, cream-colored head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; lighter dark bread and roasted malt; moderate to heavy pine, resinous, citrus and earthy hops; and tobacco. The initial flavor was mod to heavily sweet and mod to heavily bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter. There was caramel, roasted malt, cherry, a little dark chocolate, a little minty hops, pine hops, resinous hops, citric hops, berry hops, a little metallic hops, earthy hops, slight coffee, tobacco, toffee and dark bread. The medium body was somewhat dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.