tmoreau (4743) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Poured to a Czech-pils glass from a 12oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co., Villa Park, IL. The color was a clear, deep copper hue, with a good, light tan, foamy head, and clingy, ribbony lacing. The aroma was dank and not bright citrus, resiny pine, with litter box and cheese rind scents. The flavor was rich malt that couldn’t keep up with the brutally strong, bordering on astringent, hop bitterness. A near solventy note was also present. A medium to full body, the bitterness lasted on the palate well after the finish. I analogize enjoying this beer to eating horseradish or wasabi with food. It tasks your senses, but you keep on eating, or in this case, drinking it! msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2009
12oz bottle from Orland Park Binny’s single rack. Pours very dark hazy amberish brown with massive light tan head. Aroma is citrus hops, caramel, toffee and biscuity malts which all come together to sort of resemble of the smell of dog shit. Seriously that is the first thought that came to my mind when smelling this beer and this is the first time I ever thought of dog shit when smelling a beer. Flavors are toffee, caramel, chewy malts, citrus, pine, and finishes with bitter hops. Flavor is much better than the aroma. Nice full mouthfeel with chewy malts and finsihes with very nice bitter hop and citrus flavors. I find that Victory usually does this style of higher ABV ASA/BW ale very well and this is no exception if though the aroma does remind me of my old dog’s farts. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2009
12oz bottle from Hop City poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep amber brown with an absolutely massive creamy off-white head that shows exceptional retention and lingers as a big creamy cap and leaves good lacing.
The aroma starts with a big dose of fresh green hops along with some sweet citrus. There is a solid doughy malt aroma in the background.
The taste is bitter with floral hops up front with the hefty malt bill coming in after that to form a healthy backbone underneath. The finish is big and bitter with the pine lingering after each sip.
The mouthfeel is very creamy and bitter with the green hops and citrus. It’s slightly dry in the finish with some oily hops on the palate.
A very hoppy, resinous IPA with enough malts to balance things out. I really enjoyed this one. jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2009
From a bottle poured brown with a large head. Nice sweet hoppy/malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Dark pour with tan head that lingers. Aroma of strong hops, some caramel and toffee. Flavor is strong bitter hops and some caramel depth. Very bitter finish. pretty bad ass dark ale.
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 24, 2009
12oz bottle. a clear ruby/garnet under a huge foamy beige head. great big orange/grapefruit hop aroma. nicely balanced with some sweet bready malts and handfuls of fresh, bitter, resiny hops. a medium body with a sometimes creamy mouthfeel. can be a bit astringent at times. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
12oz 2009 bottle. Love the label on this one, reminds me of salt-water taffy. Pours a slightly hazed robust darkish red with a tall airy foamy sudsy beige froth. I recognize that aroma, hot fermentation, fusels, plastic, piney citrus like pine-sol, lightly chemically, sour wet grains with a just a hint of roast, aromas are bright and mesh well together, just a bit strange overall. Flavor follows, bright and peachy, citrus fruit punch, guava is seemingly very strong, lightly plasticy, bright and sweet but not cloying, milk dud like chocolate maltiness, just a hint of roast that adds to the overall strong bitterness, long grapefruit aftertaste. Medium bodied, very full flavored with a lighter somewhat thin milky body with large nonassertive carbonation bubbles. Cool flavor, just wish it was fuller in body then it would make an awesome barley wine. Very unique.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2009
medium/dark brown with large white head. herbal hoppy nose, a lot of hop bitterness followed by a ton of spicy and herbal hop flavor, that is very nice, though in this case it almost entirely masks that malt, which by appearance of the brew, would be expected to be significant. a touch of high crystal malt comes through, but not a great deal. some yeasty esters before a lingering malty finish. a very nice hop flavor, but really an ipa or double ipa, not the indian brown that the color indicates DewBrewer (294) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
On tap at Draught House in Austin. Medium to dark brown with small head. Nice american hop aroma with a hint of roast. The flavor is pretty intense with bittering hops, flavor hops, and roasted malt. It’s like an imperial brown ale with lots of American hops. It has a medium to heavy body but is balanced enough to be drinkable. Very tasty beer if you get a chance to try it. smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
WOW! This pours out an amazing dark brown with great foam. It is like drinking a stronger version of hopdevil with a much maltier taste to it. Amazing beer.