Braudog (6945) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Can. The gargantuan head of foam is clearly the predominant characteristic of this pour, burying a burnt-orange beer. A bountiful aroma escapes thru the foam, rich with malt and notes of pine. The flavors are worthy of a roaring campfire, overflowing with bark, pinecone, resin, and light bitterness. (#4123/5/27/2011) zizzybalubba (1896) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
16 oz. can from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours brownish-orange with a foamy off-white head. Aggressively hopped aroma of tangerines, grapefruit rind, and toffee. The flavor is hoppy enough that it’s unfair to label this as an ESB. Floral and grassy hops combine with an equally malty sweet backbone that labeling this as an IPA also is unfair. American Strong Ale? Whatever you want to call it this is a really good beer. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 21, 2011
tall can from Total Wine in McLean, VA. deep orange pour with light sediment and a 2 finger creamy off white head. big sticky citrus hop nose with big caramel malts. medium to thick body with loads of malts and citrus bitterness. light fruit tones. smooth and soft. aggressive finish with bit malts and big hops. nice beer. csaso (2369) - Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Tap - small thick head, dark amber color, sweet malt flavor to start, finishing with a nice bitterness
pintbypint (3979) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
1 pint can from arminjewell! Pours out hazy, amber coloured. Very creamy head, slightly off white. Good lacing sticking all over the glass. Malty aroma, a bit nutty, quite toasty. Some background hops, just a bit of citrus. Flavour has caramel malt (bordering on toffee) sweetness, toasted malts, nut, good dose of bright grapefruity/citrus hops. Dry end, some lingering malt, lengthy late citrus aftertaste (Cascades?) Medium bodied, fine tight beaded carbonation, all around nice mouthfeel. Very tasty amped up ESB which drinks lighter than it’s strength.
jmohno (1684) - Iowa, USA - MAY 26, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Dark copper pour,good head/lacing.Some white yeast bits,making haze.
Nice fresh hoppy pine aroma,some herbal slight mineral/bread-malt.Some resinony sweetness.MIld yeast ester.
Full bodied-hoppy/malty.A good amount of pine with medium carmel slight toffee/toast or roast.Pretty nice. Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2012
16 oz can - dark amber in color with a nice 3/4" white head. Pretty beer. Strong hop flavor with a malt background. Very good beer. Advertised as an Imperial ESB. EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2013
The aroma of this beer is hops and roasted malts, and the appearance of the beer is orangeish brown with a frothy white and prominent head. This beer is quite bitter when it first hits the tongue, but it finishes abruptly and significantly less bitter than it starts. It also has a medium-full body, a creamy texture, and flat carbonation.