Smacky (71) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of my all-time favorites. A staple in my beer/wine cellar. Nice hoppy nose with a pervasive sweetness. The deep, almost burgundy color screams excessive malt and its appearance matches its flavor profile: rich, sweet malt with aggressive hops. The high hop content compliments the powerful flavor of this beer resulting in an easy to drink beer that will sneak up on the unwary.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brew. Had this a while back. Dark colored and medium to thin-bodied. Strong hop character here and seemed overall dry, but very tasty. Surprisingly smooth for the way this assaults your tastebuds. Liked this one a lot, and I have to agree with the others who've said this one comes in a brilliant bottle.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I've been waiting for years to have the opportunity to try this much heralded ale and I was not disappointed. This ale is everything it is hyped up to be and more. The flavors are such that they just need to be experienced, not talked about. So get out there and try it. This is also one of my favorite bottles in my collection; an added benefit!
hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With a lovely, dark rasberry color and yeasty aroma (do I detect a hint of sweet, tart fruit in the nose, or is it just suggested by the amazing color?), this is a complex, hoppy, sweet (delicate, not syrupy), and creamy ale - simply wonderful!
egajdzis (5783) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2005 Poured a reddish color with a large tan head that stayed around and left a nice lacing. Citrusy aroma. Bitter hops, cherries, roasty and grapefruit flavors on the way down.
hotstuff (4645) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yikes! Talk about hops! When this brew was poured into my glass, it poured with a large tan head that was fairly long lasting and there were fine-large bubbles. The body hue was dark brown and there was a little bit of carbonation observed. The first whiff of this brew reminded me of pineapples. From the first taste to the last taste of this brew it was constantly a strong bitter tasting brew that I did not enjoy very much. The taste of this brew stays around for a while.
thedm (5282) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours a large head of light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and a cloudy dark brown body. It has a pineapple like aroma. Wow what a plate! It really give you a wake up call on the first sip. Lot's of flavor, strong initial bite, very complex with notes of spice roasted malt, and of course lots of hops. It leaves a stong afterbite too where the alcohol content shows itself.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2004 (Props to Linc for giving me the chance to try this)A hop bomb. No subtle use of hops to be found here. Very sharp hoppy aroma (grapefruit/pine), with some raisins. The flavour is pretty full on, hops everywhere, quite bitter and very sharp and a bit sickly, particularly as you work your way through it, the amount of hops throws the balance out a bit. Pretty much everything i was expecting, a massive hop bomb. Did i mention it was hoppy?
RE-RATE: i like it a little better this time. Toasty raisiny caramelly malts happening, with a huge hit of piney, citric bitterness in the finish, very hoppy. A bit salty, with some boiled vegetables. Certainly is aggressive. (original rating 3.3)
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first sampling. Everything I have read is true. Very complex, although dominated by bitter hops there is much more in this beer. I wasn't sure if I was ready for this one, now I think I'm ready for another one. This is one of those beers that I may sample again in year and see what happens. My tastes keep changing though....
eczematic (1323) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 ugly ugly ugly. but sort of enjoyably so. lets loose an evil stench of munich malt, fruit, spice, and decomposing socks. i was pretty afraid after smelling it, but the beer itself approaches what you might call balance in that the malt and hops are equally stupidly overpowering, so after a few sips it's not so scary.fat munich taste + ridiculous hop spiciness and a herbal aftertaste. this is just silly, but fun. rer8: maybe this is a beer that takes some getting used to. by the end of the glass i was swilling it like altbier. the taste itself is really balanced with the big nutty darklov crystal malt and enormous vegetal hops. the aftertaste is odd, as the bitterness eventually faded i could definitely taste the "celery salt" that omhper talks about. ok tastewise this is great, BUT the aroma oh my god that is the ugliest thing i have ever smelt. i guess i'll always be a "wussie" noble hop kind of guy, but that smell - pine needles and decomposing feet - ughhhh it was UGly.