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RATINGS: 3788   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 27, 2004
Very faintly hazy orange brown under a small shortish lasting pale beige head. Big hoppy passionfruity malty burnt caramel sugar and estery tropical fruity aroma. Becomes even more aromatic hoppy as warms. Big smooth chewy butterscotch like body. Medium strong short malty sweet start. Softer lightly spiced dryer middle before back to strong smooth bitter hoppy finish. Went down very nicely with a quattro giusti gourmet pizza from the local pizzeria.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2006 This beer is very good. Pours out dark brown with a slight beige head. Flavor is intense and the name rings true. very good brew. I rated this thing a 2.0 about two years ago, but I was wrong. This brew deserves much better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Hazy medium amber brown with a lasting frothy medium light brown/straw head. Very sweet aroma of grapefruit, pine, plum, toffee, apricot, and a hint of spice. Medium thick syrupy body with soft carbonation. Flavor of resinous pine, oak, toffee, grapefruit, apricot, orange peel and ginger. Huge thanks to footbalm for this one, which he generously provided for free. I owe him a few. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2004 bottled from happy deli-Wow ths is one bitter bastard. Smells of citrius/grapefruit,rich red color.The frothy head sticks around for a while.Crisp clean goin down. very diffrent Very good , not for everyday conspution

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bov (10377) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 24, 2004
clear red-amber colour with a fine creamy, slightly brown-tainted head, nice lacing, strong hop presence with aroma of cream, apricot and flowers, full-bodied with a very creamy mouthfeel, robust bitterness, the finish is dry, malty and very bitter, filling the mouth with tons of hops - very pleasant and not too extreme

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
MagikLair (9) - Alexandria, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2004 does not count
this beer has excellent malting, with a nice bit of bitterness. Just excellent flavor. Starts off a bitter and and finishes smooth. One of the best ales I’ve ever had. Nobody is worthy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mathis (48) - KBH K, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2004
Jesus, it is a bastard! The bitter taste stays in your mouth forever! But all though it seems so hardcore, it is actually a good beer too! It is beautiful and has a nuanced taste of herbes (besides the huge amount of hops and malt!) A special beer, nice to try, but I wouldn’t drink it more than a few times!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorwart (2432) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2004
Nice dense light beige head which lasts for a while. Very interesting aroma. Very fruity hops with hints of sweet grapefruit. I like it. Color is a dark ruby brown. Good $hit. Flavor is excellent. Perfectly balanced. Good malt backbone with a generous helping of hops. Citrus fruit present with a little bit of roasted grains. Finish is pretty bitter but not too much. More grapefruit and a nice alcohol warming. A top quality beer and one that will find a permanent home in my fridge. Bonus points for the great bottle and description. Worth buying just for that.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GregClow (2975) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
Dark ruby-amber colour with a foamy white head. Aroma is remarkably hoppy - I was afraid to inhale too deeply lest the fumes burn out my nose hairs. The flavour is big and bitter, with some great coffee & chicory notes to balance the citric hop explosion. Long and lingering grapefruit finish. While it wasn’t quite the life-changing experience I’d been led to believe it might be, it’s still a damn fine beverage.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
michbeamer (1) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2004 does not count
Very ppowerful beer! Great aroma, followed by a mulititude of flavors for the tounge. This beer ended with a wonderful bite. The bottle’s comments had me rolling on the floor.


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