notalush (5895) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
This stuff is clearly past it’s prime already - there was a huge amount of sediment in this bottle, so much so that I had to dump the last quarter of the bottle out (and I usually like having floaties in my beer) - aroma of caramel, wood and oxidation - lots of oxidized flavor and stale, flat hops - background toffee/chocolate maltiness - this was probably good when it was fresh, but now it’s kind of lifeless - thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for this sample. Nickls (2554) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle. Darker coppery orange color with a light tan head. Loads of sweetness in the aroma, and get some toffee and caramel notes that overpower the grapefruity hoppiness in the aroma. This theme carries on to the taste as well. Thicker, sticky body. More like a barleywine. Just too much sweetness, and unsure if this was the freshest bottle, just didn’t work for me. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours a very dark amber almost brown, but red in the light. The head is about one finger of light tan head that has good retention and great lacing.
The aroma is on the lighter side and plain. It shows off some very light hops with a little grapefruit.
The taste is very similar to an ipa, starts off a little sweet and some nice hops. The finish kinda kills it for me, its got an almost rye hop finish which I don’t really like. A little pine as well.
The feel is medium bodied, a slight dry finish. PanMarek (461) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Complex malt nose, toffee but some drier bread / cracker as well. Similar competing hops with the grassy / citrusy aspect coming forward. Rich taste with the hops (unsurprisingly) up front and grassy / floral notes dominating. The balance is surprisingly good between the sweet and bitter. Medium body. Does not taste as strong as it is. dmschefke (575) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2009
2007 vintage thanks to Stfun. Think this is definitely past it’s prime. Pours a very dark amber, almost brown with medium off-white head. Aroma of floral with slightly citrus hops, pretty mild, wet cardboard, caramel, and strong malt. Flavor matches well, has a strong dried fruit taste in addition. Think this has the potential for more and need to try it fresh in the 09 release.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Muddy, reddish-brown body. Somewhat sweet, fruity aroma - much like a barlewine, but this is the same "off" body as notalush has rated below, so it’s probably not as full or bright as it used to be. The flavor is sour and a little metallic tasting. Actually, I really don’t know if this one should be finished. Very strong berry-like flavors in the finish. gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2007
Pours a dark copper with no lacing and a weak head. Texture was very syrupy with too much coffee tones for my taste. I was unimpressed with this beer considering my taste for imperial reds and ipa’s. Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2009
Poured amber with a white head. Aroma of citrus and caramel. Too much malt in this guy. No wonder it was the last one on the shelf. Still slammed it. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Bottle from ucusty. Pours a dark red with a off white head. Smells like a malty beer with some hop presence. Has a good red ale malt taste with some hop to it. Decent beer. branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark, cloudy red color with a large, frothy, dense brownish head. Lacing is very strong. Aromas of brown sugar, hints of spruce, and and roasted malts. Palate is creamy and smooth to start, but has a substantial aftertaste. Tastes of molasses and grapefruit, which as you may have guessed is not a good combination. This is a drain pour.