Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 30, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
NationWide (12) - Pullman, Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dI5tIL (15) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Reid (2078) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
WabashMan (1018) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2008 To start, this is one nice lookin’ bastard. Dark reddish brown color and generous light tan head, make this a nice beginning. The smell of this bastard is all hops, quite potent, and almost seems to challenge the drinker. "Come on p@*%y! You can’t handle the s#!t I’m gonna bring to this fight!" Well, maybe the devil-lookin’ SOB on the bottle didn’t count on a drinker like me. This is some serious stuff. Strong hoppy, bastardish flavor, that hangs around in your mouth for months and kicks your candy a$$ every minute of it, but with some nice caramel flavors in the malt, too. THIS is a GREAT strong (bastard) ale!
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A beautiful beer, clear dark red with a crisp tan head that fades to tan lacing. Dark sweet malt with lots of North American hops, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, and pine. Significant alcohol, and a barley wine taste with a very bitter finish. Delightful.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just came home from a satisfying day of work, sitting in the first spring sun, still warm - about 15 degrees Celsius - in the late afternoon. Kids playing in the back gardens, the first tiny green leaves on trees and coming out of the ground, announcing the flowers that will soon arise. The first little bugs crawling over the finally dry floor of my garden. Birds getting excited about the bugs and making love. Then the sound of a beerbottle being opened - pssshh. It pours a beautiful red-brown color with a light brown head leaving very nice lace. Smelling the beer gave me a feeling even beyond the extasy I already felt. A very very beautiful hop perfume with some caramel and raisin. This beer must be yummy! The first sip was so much in contrast with all surrounding me. A very harsh hoppy flavor but yet light sweet. A nice fruitiness, raisin, plum and hell I don't know what - complex. A nice body, full and filling my stomache but not like liquid bread. A medium long lasting finish with much bitterness that almost makes it acidic. You can imagine I had much trouble rating this beer objectively. But even though I tried my best to not like it too much I still did. Thank you mother nature for this afternoon and thank you aceofhearts for this beer.