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RATINGS: 3564   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably wonít like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2002
I wasnít ready for this one. Medium brown in color, with a bit of fizziness in a week head. First taste is an explosion in your mouth that can be unplesant if you arenít prepared for it. Strong hop with snappy citris, coupled with a dark maltiness. Truly a taste of itís own.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
john.hoff@attbi.com99 (3) - Glenview, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2002 does not count

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2013 Plentiful hop resins mingling with wise and chewy caramelized and bready cereals...Leafy hop bitterness develops peppery spiciness and citrus in the aftertaste...Nourishment and balance in assertive cleanliness for an engaging India Red Ale...

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: APR 29, 2010 Finally got to try this one. Strong hops (duh), that to me were nicely balanced with the malts. Definitely worth getting another bottle or two.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hotspur2001 (44) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2002
Very good beer...hoppy, but tolerable. Very flavourful and malty.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2547) - GERMANY - JUL 1, 2002
Spicy, hoppy nose with a hint of cantaloupe. Deep caramel color. Citrus, grapefruit-like taste up front that turns real bitter and gritty towards the end. Supported by a heavy amount of malt and alcohol, which turbo injects the flavor into your mouth. Leaves a sweetness on your lips like a lollipop. Complex, long and varied profile. Certainly full bodied. This almost-barleywine is over the top, but is it balanced or good? I certainly enjoy the audacity – or better arrogance- of this beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2002
This beer is a delightful onslaught of flavor. I like how ratebeer has called this an American Strong Ale, because it does transcend the traditional strong ale category. The hops in this kicked up several notches, and combined with malty sweetness of a strong ale, this is a very big beer. Outstanding!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2002
Arrogant with good reason. Gives ya something to think about. Definately not something I could drink every day but an interesting experience.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2002
Taste buds get reasy for asn ass KICKIN! this is a big beer with lots of flavor, worth buying just for the comentary on the bottle, strong, malty, hoppy, what else could you want in a beer, excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2002
Malty nose. Less hoppy than its brother IPA. Light barley-wine or a big brown ale. However, I do find the beer to be chockfull of complex malt, yeast, and hop flavors. Its hot in Baltimore and I do not mind this bastard.


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