NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easily one of the best beers Iíve ever had. The balance is clearly toward the bitter & hoppy side, but the malt balances perfectly! Itís this razor sharp balance that allows the beer to finish clean and dry - not too flabby from alot of malt, and not too grating from back-of-the-mouth hop bitterness.
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
This is a very strong tasting beer, in a large bottle. It reminds me very much of a Shiner Bock in taste and consistency. A good beer, but not one I would go out of my way to order.
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - MAY 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice color, nice head,nice body with sweet tones, nice hoppy finish... creepy looking bottle!
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Though Iím not a fan of heavily hopped beers like this, Iíll try to be objective and put myself in the shoes of someone who likes a heavily hopped, aggressive ale. The bottle was nice and the label was amusing. Otherwise, it is not my thing.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A veritable cornucopia of flavors and aromas. Exquisite roasted and caramel malt flavor and aroma perfectly balanced by the intense hop flavors and aromas. Medium to heavy body topped by a long-lasting creamy head. Possibly the richest ale Iíve tasted in my limited sampling.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
itís like thereís a party in my mouth and everyoneís invited. that being said, i liked this beer even before i took a drink. that redish brown crystal clear color was like looking at a work of art. and thatís exactly what this beer is a work of art. complex, hard hitting and not fearing your petty opinions about it
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer is BIG... extremely complex and hoppy. Very close to a Barley Wine in flavor. Possibly the best name and bottle on the planet..
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and hoppy and malty just the way I like it. As others have stated, I thought it would be a little harder to handle, but nevertheless a great beer.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hops, bam! Malt, bam! Hops, Malt, Hops, Malt, (alcohol), Hops, Malt....This is one seriously cool beer. I couldnít tell which I tasted more or which assaulted me more, the hops or the malt. I liken this to the Thomas Hearns vs. Marvin Hagler boxing match from back in the 80s, while not a lengthy fight, it was a 3-round war which led to a a knockout.
I canít call this a fine beer or a good beer. Its an attitude.
Thanks to legion242 for sending this my way.
Diego (79) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved it without opening the bottle. Beautiful complexion. Very dark amber, Complex sweet and somewhat fruity flavors, finishes nicely although this is not to say it is overly gentle. Two is my limit and then Iím feeling quite happy and ready to relax and watch whatever sport Iím in to on the tube.