5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Bottle:   Fiery orange in color, thick haze, moderate sized head, moderate to thin off-white head, spotty lacing.   Semi-sweet candied citrus peel on the nose.   Definite alcohol and hop aspects as well.   Hop oriented on the tongue.   Assertive citrus peel, a little sharp, somewhat sweet.   Has a fusel alcohol presense to it.   Hot, but not burning.   Certainly alcoholic.   Could use some time.   Very citrus peel and hop oriented.   Decent malt base, but could stand to be a touch thicker based on its hop/alcoholic bite.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Slight tobacco leaves on the backside.   Decent little Strong Ale.   Not so hot now that its undrinkable, but give it a few more months and I bet it will mellow even more.   I think this one has been out for a while, so yeah, perhaps even a few more months.   Thanks to kmweaver and Sprinkle for the bottles!   Decent American Strong Ale.   Think semi-sweet candied citrus peel and hops, and that will sum this one up very well. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Let me 1st say, when this beer was released, FRESH in bottle without any age, it was quite possibly my FAVORITE beer. Would have got a perfect score from me. Mainly because of HUGELY IMPRESSIVE fresh hop bite and flavor. I’ve had 4 total. 2 fresh. Brought 1 to 09 Surly Darkness tasting table. My last I had just indulged in a few weeks ago. All gone now. I will have to look for my original rating. Barrel X wasn’t very comparable. XI was a disappointment after X. And 3F bartender, around anticipation, said Apocalypse Cow was brewed in place of XII. Review is for last bottle I had, rating grades from memory. (I usually dislike that statement. Sorry!)
[(A)] Smells of pine, caramel, toffee, malty sweetness, slight booze. Some earthy qualities.
[(A)] This is bad ass bottle art. Awesome integration of 3F "characters" in a "last-supper" type of setting. That counts. Pour is oily looking orange/amber. Great sticky white lacing, and nearly invisible specs of suspended sediment.
[(F)] Caramel, toffee, earthy greens, tropical fruit/citrus, piney hops, malt. Kind of pushes DIPA, but not quite a barleywine.
[(P)] Still a respectable hop bite. A warming brew. Thin, not much carbonation. Nice feel in the mouth. Drinkable. But share this one @ this point.
[(O)] Again. This beer was astonishing fresh. It is still holding up quite well, but has definitely passed its prime. Non-offensive or skunky. I am surprised I had the restraint to keep from cracking it all this time. Still holds a soft spot, memories of good times, and the beginnings of my microbrew infatuation. I’ll never forget this. Can’t really PRAY for 3F to do something BIG for XIII if they do it. Or XIIV? What don’t they do big? They should’ve just named Panzer or A.Cow # XII. Would’ve fit right in the series. F’n hipsters. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2009
22 oz. bottle shared by Eyedrinkale. Pours a hazy golden brown with an off-white head. Very pleasant aroma of oak, vanilla and a bit of orange. The flavor is equally enjoyable with sweet malt, oak, vanilla and orange. Medium bitterness at the finish. Very nice beer. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2009
2008? Bottle - Thanks to Toby! - Pours out hazy amber with a small white head...aroma is incredibly hoppy for the age on this bottle, citrus and pine resin, nicely balanced with some caramel and a little heat...flavour is similar, a punch to the face still with massive grapefruit peel and brown sugar malt, finish is warming, and the hops linger long enough to keep enjoying...this bottle has some serious legs... douglas88 (9192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bomber thanks to Toby at his kickass tasting. Pours a cloudy orange with a medium white head. The aroma is pretty balanced with loads of sweet malts and a powerful suggestion of hoppy goodness. A strong hoppy flavor dominates, this beer is not exactly fresh but the hops really stand out with citrus and pine bursts. A strong malt component of sweet caramel and biscuit. Awesome. Very tasty.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2009
This was a double IPA in my opinion. It was similar tasting to Dreadnaught in my opinion. The color was a clear orange with a decent head given the ABV. The smell was tropical fruits and sugary sweetness. The taste was more tropical fruits and some alcohol prickliness. This was a good beer but unfortunately not worth $10 per bottle. Three Floyds really knows how to push beers for a lot of money since there are many west coast beers that kick their asses for less money.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-24-2007 15:52:43 Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Pours amber with a thin ring of white bubbles. Smells of spice, some sweet malt, caramel, toffee, cognac. Tastes of perfumy hops, spicy, some dry malt, floral some spicy elements on the finish. I wish I had more of this one. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2009
From the Bottle at Tom’s Ultimate Glasgow Tasting, Blackfriars 01/12/2007
Very hoppy and spicy aromas. Amber golden coloured and hoppy with a crisp and bitter slightly dry warming finish. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2009
22oz bomber poured a snifter.
This one pours a hazy and bright reddish orange, underneath a decent sized white head that leaves some decent lacing and keeps a collar for a while. The haze clears up after a few minutes as it warms.
The aroma is surprisingly hoppy and I certainly wasn’t expecting a bottle of this age to retain the massive citrus hops, with grapefruit and oranges really coming through. There is also lots of caramel malts and some pine as well. It’s smells kinda like a cross between a malty triple IPA or a really hoppy barleywine.
The taste is much like the aroma and has an initial citrus hop kick that has definitely held up well. There is a sizable caramel malt backbone that lends a strong sweetness to the taste, but the hops come back with a vengeance leaving a bitter sticky finish that favors pine more than citrus. There is more than slightly noticeable alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very sticky and tingly on the palate. Carbonation is there but fairly soft.
This is a tough beer to categorize and I’m fairly amazed at how well the hops have held up, as they still seem to be the dominant factor in the smell and taste. Very tasty, though the drinkability is limited a bit by the abrasive bitter combined with the strong alcohol presence. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle from Matt, thanks! Pours a nice orangish color with no real head to speak of. Initial aroma is of citrus hops but that quickly gives way to a good dose of malt and brown sugar notes. Flavor is hoppy and fruity with a good malt backbone. The elements combine harmoniously in this one. Finish is nice and bitter and lingers well.