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RATINGS: 3601   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 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2003
Typical early American homebrew beer style. Over the top on every front, especially specialty malts. Still, if you are used to such a strong American Ale then perhaps this is right up your alley. Personally I find no real faults. Beautiful aroma and colour, but other big beers are far better.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
My buddy calls it "The most unholy swill on earth" but I think it's great. You gotta be in the mood for hops when you drink this one. Deep brown color, nose is alive with malts and hops.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Reid (1905) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2003
Nice dark ruby red colour..great tan head. Some malt tatse, though it is overwhelmed by the hoppiness..though some good chocolaty, coffee flavours show through..good beer

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2003
Wonderfully sweet and malty but definitely not overly so. Lots of hoppy aroma -- reminded me of Cascade. Rich as hell. This beer brought back memories of my first hickey. You start out kinda meek and then get into craving it...uh yeah.


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