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RATINGS: 3769   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2004 yow! dark, scottish like ale. burning hops and resin, surprisingly a coco flavored characteristic comes out. interesting, strong, yet not my brew. a good novelty, however. quite fun! UPDATE 9/26/04: you know, i cannot say that i have anything to change for my rating. it's just a good beer. and yes, it's actually a bit arrogant. there's a huge syrupy alcoholic burn within the -- quite long -- aftertaste. it's a bit of a tea, isn't it?

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Huge hop aroma when the cap is popped. Pours a translucent orange/red with fluffy white foam. First sip is full of hops and citrus, then the bitter hop bite grabs your cheeks and makes you pucker. Finish is full of hops, slight alcohol, and a little sweet. A true classic.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Deep cherry-wood color, with garnet edges on the rim. long lasting fluffy head and lots of lace. fruity notes and hopy tatse. strong and enjoyable but second fiddle to the double!

2.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
imradioboy (23) - USA - FEB 11, 2004
Too Hoppy for me. It did get a little more palpable as it warmed up. Very complex, I can see why it's a great beer. I just did not like the taste. Bonus points for the really big bottle.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zach8270 (3802) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark ruby red with a nice thick head. Slightly roasted nose with a very strong fruity flavor following. Initial citrusy flavor with a bitter and dry finish. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Aftertaste is rather bitter but has a certain citrus and malt mix that is just delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerSurfer (27) - Powell, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2004
This is a beautiful looking beer- pours ruby brown, with nice carbonation, fluffy tan head, that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is toast with a little fruitiness. Flavor is initial (quick) toast then grapefruit. Finish is strongly bitter, and dry. Mouthfeel throughout is creamy, but a slight bite at the end. Aftertaste of malt and bitters. Wonderful.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Dark Amber pour with a thick, lasting head with great lacing. Heavy aroma of grapefruit and pine. Thick mouthfeel with a very bitter finish. More of a 'XXXL IPA' than a Strong Ale, but it's a work of art. Simply outstanding.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
hershiser2 (1328) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
BEAUTIFUL color, almost blood red, with a huge MFing head, that's tan and fluffy... and lots and lots of lacing. OOOH that smell... citrusy, grapefruits, oranges, with only a hint of something roasted. This is gonna be a good one! OOOH thick! and bitter bite, pretty damn strong! Not for the light beer drinkers (but light beer drinkers aren't beer drinkers anyway). Nice fruity taste up front, followed by an EXTREME bitterness that seems to slap your face, saying "You stupid idiot, did you really think I'd be tame?" One of the best mouthfeels I have ever had... just purely magical in a beer world. EXTREMELY drinkable... but one a night (too thick and heavy for more than that!)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
qwak (25) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - FEB 2, 2004
Excellent beer. fairly malty start with a wonderfully hoppy finish, this is an excellently balanced ale, and really helped me through today's fairly boring super bowl. even the 'yellow beer drinkin wussy' i let try it liked it (and he really dug the description ;) )

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radiomgb (2466) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2005 Bottle. Beautiful deep ruby in colour, cream coloured head and great lacing. Aroma of pine, hops, citrus and caramel. Flavour is incredibly hoppy, some sweetness, lots of caramel and pine. Finishes with a big hoppy, dry, lingering bitterness. Thanks ClarkVV for letting me try this.

Tap. Deep amber in colour. Intense aroma of pine and citrus hops. Flavour was hoppy but smoother then from the bottle. Slightly sweet, still lots of citrus hops and pine needles. Medium body and high carbonation. Finishes with a very long and refreshing dry bitterness.


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