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Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 0
Pours a burnt burgundy color with expressive amber highlights. One finger of coffee-creamer beige head triumphantly claims it's peak, only to succumb quickly, leaving a trace of film and an ever present collar that encompasses the inner periphery of the glass. That familiar sheeting action takes place when this goblet is swirled and tilted, lending to an eye appealing webbing of lacing that remains on the glass, if only for a few fleeting moments.

Aroma is heavy with sweet caramel malts - noticeable immediately once the cap is popped, and even now with the glass full and residing a matter of a couple of feet from my beak. It's effervescence fills the room with caramel, toffee, brown sugar with a pinch of cinnamon, and tobacco. Once the glass is held to the nose - a more citrus hop aroma takes form, pushing the malty character of this to the side - juicy oranges, tangerine and pink grapefruit instantly snap to mind. Couple this with a smaller element of piney resins, and the whole experience is euphoric in nature. Fantastic.

First to hit the tongue is a weighted punch of heavy/wet tobacco... quickly followed by the aggressive citrusy bitterness precursored by the nose - orange peel and grapefruit pith. Very hop forward at this time. The malt backbone is there, slightly sweet and caramel/toffee like, but overrun at this juncture by the hop bitterness.

Gravitating towards full in body. Smooth, sticky and somewhat viscous - syrupy, yet tongue scrubbingly dry and aggressive in mouthfeel. Carbonation is perhaps a little lax, but given time will be spot on. Nice boozy warmth to the finish.

This really reminds me of a young Bigfoot with it's tooth-melting hop profile at this time, but the sweet malty spine to this tells me it may hold more promise than the aforementioned. This is extremely well crafted, with tremendous thought and foresight used in the thinking of what the Brewer WANTS this to become... let the hops fade and the malts to take over with their soothing sweetness... This just screams to be cellared. Not to say it isn't enjoyable now, because I really do find the hop bitterness to be very enjoyable... I just find the hints at it's true potential to be all the more tantalizing.
I am glad I grabbed a couple for the cellar, and do believe I will be adding more - this year and in years to come. Very excited to see where this one leads.
Highly Recommended.

Served In: Snifter

Review by seaoflament on 04/29/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
Thanks to jasonm for this extra in a recent trade. I took this bomber to La Bella on another Tuesday night (4/28/09) to share with Joey and Danny.

Pours a dark amber and brown color with ½ inch of foam with decent retention.

On the nose were some toasted malts, caramel, citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, lemon, brown sugar, yeast esters, and some alcohol in the back. As the beer warmed up I started to detect some sweet orange peel, hints of toffee, and chocolate. After a few minutes the beer seemed to get fruitier with cherries and a bit of pomegranate.

Bitter upfront with some candied orange, bitter toast, citrus bitterness, and burnt brown sugar. A few sips later I could taste some caramelized malts, toffee, and a bit of chocolate. Nice bitterness in the finish.

Medium carbonation and almost a little aggressive on the tongue at first but smooth and dry in the finish. Not a big fan of this style but this is quite tasty.

Served In: Other

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