fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good dark bitter beer with itís own signature.
Available at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, MA
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Was the strongest (tasting) ale I ever tried until the Double Bastard. Big malt and hop combination, with a sweet caramel-like backing. The alcohol is always in the forefront. One of the better beers.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 This pours a deep ruby/brown with a lasting fine-bubbled head. Thereís a certain medicinal quality followed by a grapefruit-ish middle, and a piney dryness in the tail. The medicinal part and the prevalent alcohol are unpleasant. The last 2/3 of this beer is exceptional.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wish Iíd had an opportunity to try this on draft while I was in CA. Didnít have the ípopí I expected. Lots of bitterness and flavor hopping. Woody, earthy malt/hop balance is nice. Overall quite satisfying and balanced, but Iíve had beers far more arrogant than this.
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, one of my first in the world of high gravity. I loved the ad campagin and upon recent review still think that thatís what sells it. Donít get me wrong the malt is huge and very complex, however I canít believe this has been fully attenuated. The hops are aggresive, almost charred earth in their finish and certainly not shy about bitterness. But, it takes no talent to dump too many hops in the kettle. I donít think my mind has been completely made up, maybe I just question my tastings of old.
How much can you trust a beer that says your a dumbass pussy if you donít like it?
telepork (84) - USA - JUN 23, 2005
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
The malt is out the wazoo and it is sour as an ale can be. Add in some unfiltered skunk-glad extract and gutter water. It smells of swampy soil and alcohol, but tastes horrid. Iíll never drink this stuff again. Strong ales are usually just more cereal and stronger, but this one adds a complex assortment of really nasty flavors. Why the hell does anyone like this crap? If you wanna get "krunked," drink two cheaper, more palatible ales or a stout mixer. Avoid this demon pee.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap at RFD Washington. It poured to a huge, thick, creamy beige head atop a mahogany body. EXCELLENT lacing. The aroma is caramelly, doughy, bready, sweet, and alcoholic. The flavor has huge sweet malts. Toffee, floral hops are there but not exceedingly strong. The palate has a slight stickiness to it. Slight bitterness as well. Medium mouthfeel.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby/copper colored pour with a thin layer of creamy off-white head. First whiff makes me think of a nice west-coast IPA with the grapefruit/citrus hop presence. There was also a mild malty sweetness in there. Hops are dominant from the nose all the way through the nice drawn-out finish. Flavor picks up grapefruit, some alcohol, and a little woodiness. Smooth mouthfeel.. just a little oily. Malts certainly have a presence here, but much more in body than flavor. Slight warming effect as it goes down. You probably donít want to be anywhere near this brew if you donít like hops.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish copper colour with thick rocky tan head. Sour malt nose with slight alcohol notes. Bitter malt taste with bitter finish and slight warming alcohol notes.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear chestnut color with a thick creamy off-white head. The nose starts off with grapefruity hops with a bready malt presence beneth. The flavor starts with intense citusy grapefruit and rich meaty malts. The finish was of toasted caramel malts and a very warm alcohol bath. Great hop balance makes this taste like itís much more than just a strong ale.