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RATINGS: 3595   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2003
On tap; brown/ruby color, citrus and hop aroma. I tasted some peach flavors before a dry somewhat bitter finish. Complex, thought it was a little too aggressive the first time I had it, but since I've come to really enjoy this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2003
Big hop flavor. Bitter and malty flavor. I would of rated it better if it was a little more balanced in taste and finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 Nice dark brown. Hint of hops aroma initially. Take the first sip--POW. Hello hops. But lots of dark malt there to keep it from coming completely unglued. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2003
Wonderful stuff. Sharp citrusy hops with bitterness out the wazoo, big fruity complex malt. Mahogany, with beige head.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2003
Starts like a stout when cold. Caramel, raisin, slight chocolate and hops. Not much aroma when ice cold but this thing changes when it warms. Tastes more like a Dogfish Head 90 minute at the finish, pure malt and hops. Definitely a sipper and should be enjoyed like a Cuban cigar. A very complex beer and one that changes so much in a short time. Very enjoyable! I have a keg of Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard will be next.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2003
Tasted on 03-22-2003. I definately like the 22oz. bottle. Wow, Nice thick tan head and good lace all the way down. Deep reddish brown color. Very unique fruity odor, like maybe peaches and pears. The flavor, although difficult for me to describe, is similar to the nose. Well balanced malt and hops galore. Great mouthfeel. I cant wait to try the double. This is like a party in a bottle, yet still, I deserve better ; ]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kodos (200) - USA - MAR 31, 2003
This beer is very reminiscent of Three Floyds Alpha King or is it vice versa? Oh well. This beer is all about the hops, bubba! Pours amber with a huge, lasting head with TONS of lacing. Aroma is all citrusy hops. Slightly sweet, acidic, creamy. Finishes with that hoppy bitter goodness. Excellent alcohol kick which is well disguised. Overall an excellent hophead brew

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2004 Just goes to show how much Californians know about subtlety. Nothing! This has to be one of the fattest maltiest ales you can get, but what really hits you is the crazy piney, grapefruity hoppiness, from the moment you pop the cap you can smell it and once it's in your mouth the peppery lingering bitterness rules out tasting anything for a week. It's a beer to show how tough your tastebuds are but I wouldn't drink something like this on a regular basis. It's over the top.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NationWide (12) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2003
The local grocery store just started carrying this, which is kinda amazing since our college town tends to focus more on selling cases of Busch or Keystone or whatever cheap crap is popular at the moment...Hopefully this is one bastard that will stick around for awhile. First things first, this is a Big Beer: Big Taste, Big Aroma, Big Hops, Big Deep Blood-Red Color. The scent hits you the moment you crack the bottle open- fruity, hoppy, INSANELY strong. Pours with a nice brown-tan head that quickly diminishes into a little top-fizz. Tastes about how it smells, monstrously hoppy with a strong bite and aftertaste that keeps going for ages. To be honest, I'm worthy enough to like this for the great, ultra-strong beer that it is, but I'm not worthy enough to fully appreciate everything that there is about this beer. Still though, a great beer, and well worth the $3.38 pricetag.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2005 Deep ruby color with long lasting beige head. Caramel malt and hop aroma. Flavor is very malty, a little fruity and very stong in the hops.


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