McWhite (108) - Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at school. It's strong flavored with a bitter aftertaste. It was defintely worth trying, although I probably won't be ordering it frequently.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
the name says it all. this is a unique ale with strong flavors. Everything seems exagerated but it does work nicley. Like thier glass said fizzy yellow beer is for wussies!
Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all-time favorites. A staple in my beer/wine cellar. Nice hoppy nose with a pervasive sweetness. The deep, almost burgundy color screams excessive malt and its appearance matches its flavor profile: rich, sweet malt with aggressive hops. The high hop content compliments the powerful flavor of this beer resulting in an easy to drink beer that will sneak up on the unwary.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brew. Had this a while back. Dark colored and medium to thin-bodied. Strong hop character here and seemed overall dry, but very tasty. Surprisingly smooth for the way this assaults your tastebuds. Liked this one a lot, and I have to agree with the others who've said this one comes in a brilliant bottle.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I've been waiting for years to have the opportunity to try this much heralded ale and I was not disappointed. This ale is everything it is hyped up to be and more. The flavors are such that they just need to be experienced, not talked about. So get out there and try it. This is also one of my favorite bottles in my collection; an added benefit!
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With a lovely, dark rasberry color and yeasty aroma (do I detect a hint of sweet, tart fruit in the nose, or is it just suggested by the amazing color?), this is a complex, hoppy, sweet (delicate, not syrupy), and creamy ale - simply wonderful!
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Poured a reddish color with a large tan head that stayed around and left a nice lacing. Citrusy aroma. Bitter hops, cherries, roasty and grapefruit flavors on the way down.
hotstuff (4142) - Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yikes! Talk about hops! When this brew was poured into my glass, it poured with a large tan head that was fairly long lasting and there were fine-large bubbles. The body hue was dark brown and there was a little bit of carbonation observed. The first whiff of this brew reminded me of pineapples. From the first taste to the last taste of this brew it was constantly a strong bitter tasting brew that I did not enjoy very much. The taste of this brew stays around for a while.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours a large head of light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and a cloudy dark brown body. It has a pineapple like aroma. Wow what a plate! It really give you a wake up call on the first sip. Lot's of flavor, strong initial bite, very complex with notes of spice roasted malt, and of course lots of hops. It leaves a stong afterbite too where the alcohol content shows itself.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2004 (Props to Linc for giving me the chance to try this)A hop bomb. No subtle use of hops to be found here. Very sharp hoppy aroma (grapefruit/pine), with some raisins. The flavour is pretty full on, hops everywhere, quite bitter and very sharp and a bit sickly, particularly as you work your way through it, the amount of hops throws the balance out a bit. Pretty much everything i was expecting, a massive hop bomb. Did i mention it was hoppy?
RE-RATE: i like it a little better this time. Toasty raisiny caramelly malts happening, with a huge hit of piney, citric bitterness in the finish, very hoppy. A bit salty, with some boiled vegetables. Certainly is aggressive. (original rating 3.3)