Beerathon (1680) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Mess of a beer. Dark brown pour with frothy head. Entirely too sugary, bitter, smells of stale barley wine. It’s a big beer, but that’s really the only thing it has going for it. kingaugusta (301) - Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2015
Whoa baby, this is a hot beer. Pours deep amber with a quick white head and a relatively subdued nose. Despite the 100+ IBU, this is not a hop bomb, though it is certainly not holding back on them and falls into that category. The story here is the rich, slightly sugary malt and the tremendous presence of alcohol. It’s something, though I’m not entirely sure what, though overall I like it. rdixon77 (3106) - Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Old rating. Big malty IPA. Amber brown pour. Big caramel sweetness, some booziness, a little chewy. Pretty much a one trick pony…but a big one. Tmoney99 (15135) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Bottle shared by Dr Silverworm. Poured clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate toasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration.This is a soft beer. cuboozer (1) - pomaria, South Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2015 does not count
Pretty good beer from my growler. Strong, maybe a little too strong. Had two and it snuck up on me.
alex_alkis (419) - SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2015
A really powerful and malty imperial IPA. It tastes great, but i couldn’t drink up the whole bottle by myself alexsdad06 (11240) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
12 oz bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a dark amber, copper color with a thin off white film. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel malts and not much else, a very light bitterness to the finish, this is closer to an English barley wine than a DIPA. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
12oz bottle, shared with local raters. Picked up from Habersham in Savannah on 2/23/15. Didn’t realize this was so big until just now... OK, you deserve to call it "extreme". Mostly clear red/brown color... Darker than expected. Little off-white head. No lace. In the nose... Some dark fruit, caramel, some warmth. Some grapefruit citrus hop in the flavor, but this is more malt forward. Not as uber-sweet as expected... I’ve had sweeter 12+% IPAs. But this is pretty sweet. Bigger sweet taste, moderate-plus bitterness too, and a mild bite on the finish. Bigger body, kind of slick texture. Lighter carbonation. Alright to try 4oz of, but I can easily imagine how quickly a whole bottle to myself would have gotten old quickly. I’m skeptical as to how fresh the bottle is, but no forgiveness can be given since this brewery doesn’t clearly mark dates (as far as I could see) b3shine (9280) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle to taster (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks like a malt bomb; a semi-transparent dark copperish brown with very light caramel head that steadily dissipates into thin lacing. Smells like a sticky barleywine. Tastes like it smells with a sticky, bitter mouthfeel. Not good. Not good at all. chinchill (5396) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2015
An abundance of off-white head out of the tap, with a yellow gold liquid underneath. The head leaves plenty of sticky lacing. The generous carbonation also influenced the mouthfeel making feel, I think, lighter than it would otherwise.
This is one boozy beer, and the high ABV is evident but not objectionable in the nose, but too overpowering in the taste. It also lends some burn and harshness to the mouthfeel, in addition to some warming. The beer also may be mis-classified as a DIPA ... it is more like a barleywine and a bit like a Belgian tripel. There is a definite hop contribution, but also a substantial balance from sweet caramel malts. Neither the high IBU (111) nor the high ABV (12.5%) seem quite so high.
O - you want a super high ABV beer? ... usually sacrifices need to be made in mouthfeel and taste. Such is the case here although the negative effects are not as pronounced as a 12.5% reading would often produce.