efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2009
pours a hazy gold-amber with a lingering off-white head. nice lacing. aroma is hoppy grass-pine with sweet light brown sugar notes blended into floral goodness. taste is strong hops bitterness with a little orange rind. also more pine and a little bready malt with some very light spice. not getting the spices as strongly as other people are noticing, the hops seem to really overwhelm in my opinion. lightish prickly mouthfeel. mid-bodied. after the hoppy bitterness dies out i get a twinge of sweetness followed by one more bitter zing on the finish. good. hoppy. if you’re an STB fan, then go for it, you’ll love it. not much variation from their other brews though, in my opinion. but i’m a biased STB local, so try it yourself! JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Courtesy hopscotch. Clear golden color, thin broken white head. Earthy hop aroma, mild spicy profile, pretty hoppy on second smell. Somehow finishes dry, along with a graininess. Interesting. Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Clearish copper body, medium dense, clumpy off-white head. Surprisingly potent bitter, piney aroma, toasty, with citrus rind. Sweet, with potent alcohol. Sharp, sweet but mainly rindy herbal, earthy hops body with biting tannic bitterness and grapefruit. Bitter, rough mouthfeel. Unrefined but tasty. aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Thanks to each Goldtwins and Jah Noth for the bottles. 22oz bomber pours a dark gold, light amber with a small off white head. Aromas of citrus, and pine hop notes. Flavors are mainly hops, a bit of malts in there but mostly hops. I enjoyed it, and I look forward to my next bottle. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
(22oz. bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of pine, floral, citrus, mint leaves, and pepper. Flavor of pine, brown sugar, toffee, toasted malt, and seasonal spices. Tasty!
Dorwart (2588) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Good sized light orange head of fine and fluffy bubbles. Butter and flowers dominate the aroma. Some floral hops and sweet malts. Color is a slightly hazy dark orange. Sweet and sticky malts that fall flat in the mouth. No real body or life to this brew. Light alcohol presence. Sweet and malty with some hops bitterness and a bit of flowery dryness. Finishes pasty, bitter and flat. Not a great brew but I am sure the 9% will mess me up in a bit.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Tasted 11/28/08. 22oz bomber. Filtered with a dark amber hue. Finely bubbled that leaves a moldy off-white head. Initial aroma is Belgian candy sugar and caramel. Bitter undertone and an odd spice character. Floral and spicy. The aromas are ample yet slightly off-putting. Medium to full bodied with a crisp and fresh palate and, of course, hoppy. Total herbal and floral flavors from both the yeast and the hop character. Banana yeast and citrus hops. Nice amalgamation of flavors. There’s an odd spice that hits the olfactory more so than the palate. The second pour is mildly smokey in the nose. As it warms, the dregs hold an apple and tart fruit character. Spicy citrus acidity. Worth checking out, but I feel that a few months in the bottle might do it good. I’ll give it another go another time. lamas (1636) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Clear amber/copper pour with a smallish light-tan head. Grapefruity, resiny aroma with hints of malts and some spiciness. Medium body. Decent balance with lots of sweet caramel at the start. Ample winter spices follow - mainly cinnamon and cloves. Grapefruity flavors finish things off. Subtle warming alcohol throughout. VERY enjoyable, extremely drinkable stuff. emacgee (4675) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Pours a dark translucent gold. The nose is spicy and resinous hops, fruity, citrusy, mild alcohol, malty sweetness, not much lager character. The flavor is very intensely hoppy, spicy and resinous, has a very nice backing malt character. The hop profile and overall character of this brew screams ale. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2008
16oz glass served up at the beer engine. Copper colored, relatively clear, with a medium head. Plenty of fresh grain just like you would expect from a straight forward helles. Spicy, earthy hop profile. Nice hop profile in the flavor. Earth and spice. Well balanced with just a touch of sweet malt to balance the hops and pleasant toasted grain. Full bodied with a semi-dry finish. Solid.