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.
bbooth (115) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 13, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Amber color. Off white head. Sweet slightly fruity nose. sweet start, medium-full body, complex bitter finish. Hmm....warm tummy.
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 11, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer will knock you down! I canít handle more than one 22 oz.A rich dark amber color with a fruity nose.Very hoppy with a nice bite of alcohol.The beer needs to warmed enjoy the complex palate of flavors.Definately worth a try if you can get it.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a beautiful dark amber with a full off white head. Hoppy / licorice aroma was very nice. A very complicated palate of flavors that became very smooth as the beer warmed. Be warned, even a 22 oz. of this really packs a punch. Probably not an every day beer for me, but definately worth a try.
prpplague (247) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
strong fruity aroma, wonderfule dark amber color. the flavor is strang with hints of lambic style. iíd have to agree the others that have rated this, it is truely a complicated brew, but doesnít appeal to my taste.