Foxbush (2086) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2013 12 oz bottles This was purchased for a business meeting on the Outer Banks. The ale poured deep amber with a small head. The amber was not clear. Nice bitterness with some old spruce flavors. This is strong ale with medium body and average carbonation. The alcohol was well balanced with the caramel malts. The slightly bitter finish was an excellent. Purchased another from Total Wine. Lowered score a bit. DCLawyer (2846) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle->SA glass. Dafk hazy amber with lite off-white head. Aroma is hops and malt. Taste is heavy malt, with dark fruits and a base of hops. Smooth and good, if a touch sweet. dphoxie (120) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2012
I was surprised to pick up a bit of smokiness in with the caramel sweet malt. Almost tastes like an overhopped scotch ale. Really enjoying this one a lot. I guess with a name like "hoppy monster" I wasn’t expecting as much balance with the malts but it is a pleasant surprise. Fabulous beer. keepersj12 (3133) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2012
The aroma is quite nice, caramel, malt and oak. It pours very clear with a red tint, small head. The flavor has the wood and a very nice amber ale feel to it. Well balanced and very tasty. BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Bold, robust red that hides the ABV well and presents a nice, round flavor profile. Fairly well balanced. Great nose. Don’t go in to this expecting a typical amber/red ale, though. This is much bigger and heavier.
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Draft at Fermentation. Deep amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is strong malt, resinous hops, booze and green vegetables. Flavor is a huge mess of hot alcohol, astringent hops, and overly sugar sweet caramel malt. Hated this. b3shine (9072) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Bottle to snifter (thanks Bunker). Looks solid; a semi-transparent brandish-brown with off-white lacing. Smells hot and malty. Tastes like it smells with some hops. Average on the palate. Alright. jjgmd (2220) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2012
On tap in a sniffer , dark mahogany brown. Nose is sweet hops with vanilla bean. Taste is all sweet citrus, and tropical fruit. Finish is sweet and delicious. Quaff Score 9 / 10 maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Draught. Pours a very dark amber with a moderate head. Though this isn’t the aged version, it smells like its been aged in bourbon barrels. Almost chocolatey taste. radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2012
12oz bottle poured into snifter glass. Hazy dark-reddish brown color with very minimal tan head. Aroma of heavy caramel malt, dark fruit and pine/citrus hops. Taste is more caramel malt, some chocolate and ends with the heavy pine hops. Medium and smooth palate. Much sweeter and hop-subtle then expected but it works!