NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 13, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 finally found this son of a bitch in Illinois. It was crazy good, though not exactly what I expected. The hops are uber, but you don’t realize it until you try to drink something else afterwards. Beautiful blood red color with a brown head. quite sweet and fruity with a matching hop profile. Lighter in taste than expected, smelled/tasted of apples and some syrups. Very good.
Ron (2951) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Flour City Brewfest. Wow, I was blown away by this beer. I could not describe all the flavors in this complex beer. It has alot to offer with a suprisingly smooth finnish. I went back for more samples of this brew.
Boutip (5133) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a deep opaque brown colored beer with a medium head with standard retention. Aroma is very powerful and consist mostly of what I think to be hops, a sweet and bitter type of hops though. Taste is quite unique for me (I think this is my first foray into the strong American Ale type) and consist mostly of some strong bitter hops and underline by some very subtle sweetness. Wow, this is like being hit on the head with a brick – plainly lots of malt and hops are included in here. The alcohol is a subtle but complement very well.
mjg74 (2788) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2006 Very dark reddish color. Very hoppy and bold. Lots of flavor from start to finish. You can never go wrong with a bomber of AB.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured reddish brown with a nice off white head...smells sweet alcohol with lemony hint...tastes very rich and complex...very sweet at first then turning bitter and sour...definately a good one to have once a year...
gsmitty80 (1982) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the best beers ive ever had. The marketing accentuates the taste and fullness of this beer. Shell out the bucks and taste it for yourself.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Draft: O'Brien's in San Diego, CA) On tap, this beer tastes and smells surprising floral and sugary, but in this tasting session, it is being compared to pints of an oak aged version of Arrogant Bastard and Double Bastard; However, the strong hops bitterness and bite is still prevelent, even after sipping some Double Bastard; The mouthfeel also seems a little thin; Off-white head has average retention; For comparison's sake, some notes from previous bottles: Medium to full bodied, malty and very aggressively hopped, moreso than a typical IPAs; The malt is fairly sweet, and quite strong in flavor; Dark and brownish amber in color; Somewhat cloudy from fine sediment suspended in the beer
run20six2 (119) - USA - AUG 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very great tasting beer. Strong alcohol content yet is covered up beautifully. Finally got my hands on one of these at Isaac Newton’s in newtown.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful reddish/brown color. Pretty aggressive end and quite bitter. Dry and malty flavor. I truely love the philosophy about this beer.
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - JUL 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap, it was great, very tasty, darkish hue...smoothe w/a great bitter finish.