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RATINGS: 3934   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mortimer (8) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004 does not count
The ale’s appearance was clear and dark crimson brown with a thin head. It had a hoppy, but sweet scent to it. The taste was overwhelmed by hops. To me it was very bitter and all of the hops overpowered some of the other less prevalent sweet flavors. The mouthfeel wasn’t anything special, but it was fine. This wouldn’t be my first choice for this style of beer. Although drinkable, I wouldn’t drink much of this at one time. Overall I was a little disappointed; I didn’t feel it lived up to its arrogant label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 20, 2004
Bottled: Fantastic burgundy colour. Brownish dense head. Hops, malt, alcahol and light cocoa notes in the aroma. Hops, swetness, fruit in the flavour. Complex and balanced. Nice long bitter finish. Intense beer. Thanks again to raindog.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 A bastard? No, this beer is quite true. Though the taste has the whip-tail of the devil on the bottle. A really great beer, hopsy as anything, purges away all other flavors in your mouth. A great, flavor-loaded round.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2006 Bottle. Poured a deep red-brown and clear. Tannish head that fades moderately quickly to a ring/layer and leaves great lacing. Malty aroma with a bit of raisin and chocolate. Moderately malty for just a brief instance and then a long hop bitterness. Well balanced, just on the bitter side of things without being overtly a hop bomb. Medium bodied, a bit thinnish with mouthfeel. A decent beer but after re-rating this clocks in a bit lower than my original rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006 Burgundy coloured. Nice aroma of cascade and malts. Bitter and fruity flavour with a slightly sourish touch. Very funny label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2004
Deep copper in color. Malty and hoppy. Well balanced beer. Rich beer. Smooth flavors. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3386) - Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2004
2002 I had this one from a cellar and found it to be a good cellaring beer. AB fresh has a somewhat coarse hoppiness that puts many people off. The hops in this one were subdued allowing the malty richness to come to the front. It still poured a deep clear chestnut brown with deep red highlights. Thick head that laced the glass with each sip. Rich complex aromas and a smooth, rich flavor that rememinded me of a better Barleywine. If you found this beer to be a little much, try putting one away to mellow for a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 17, 2004
WHOA! a little strong! I was surprised this beer only had 7.2% with the strong taste to it. This beer was a bit overdone, and with the name, it seems like that was their goal. It's a great beer to try and talk about, but not one to but on a regular basis.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2004
Hoppy, caramel aroma, also treacle and spice(nutmeg?) Ruby, with a small toffee head. Fine hoppy bitter almond flavour, and a bold malty aftertaste. Full bodied, dry and bitter. A Wonderful Offering! Thanks Radek and a special Thank You to Carolyne (Radek's Sister-In-Law.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2005 OK, I am typing this as I try this beer, so here we go. Aroma is God F*****G awful. Smells like rotted fruit rinds and cheap perfume. I cannot stress this enough. First sip: Initial thought "So, this is what badly fermented orange juice tastes like." Second sip: Ok, a little more mellow. OK, burnt orange taste, VERY bitter acrid aftertaste. 3rd sip: Am I rating something that is an overall 4.03? Did the fine folks at SBC accidently bottle dishwater in the bottle? 4th sip: Ok, the aftertatse from the first 3 sips is killing me. I wonder how many people buy this shit more than once? 5th sip: No more. As I finished this beer, it got a little better, but was still not plesant. Everything about this beer is overproduced. It is too sweet, too hopy, too freakn’ fruity. This is officaly the most overrated beer on this website. Period. A valuable lesson can be learned from this beer: a cute name does not a good beer make. If Budweiser released this very same beer with a name like "Bud Strong Ale" then most people would rate it around a 0.8 and complain about it. But, a micro with a cute name=masterpiece. Once again,a cute name does not make for a good beer. 02/25/05 Re Rate-I am trying this beer once again because my beer palate has developed more. Just some quick notes: bitter, hoppy, very flavor full. Much better the second time around. I will be raising my 1.9 original rating.

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