rich42 (128) - USA - JUN 5, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wowsers... this is serious beer... very well hopped - which normally I donít like - but itís balanced by a healthy amount of malt. strong with an in-your-face flavor all around. the color is a brilliant dark red. excellent - if you can handle it.
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easily one of the best beers Iíve ever had. The balance is clearly toward the bitter & hoppy side, but the malt balances perfectly! Itís this razor sharp balance that allows the beer to finish clean and dry - not too flabby from alot of malt, and not too grating from back-of-the-mouth hop bitterness.
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 3/20
This is a very strong tasting beer, in a large bottle. It reminds me very much of a Shiner Bock in taste and consistency. A good beer, but not one I would go out of my way to order.
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - MAY 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice color, nice head,nice body with sweet tones, nice hoppy finish... creepy looking bottle!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Though Iím not a fan of heavily hopped beers like this, Iíll try to be objective and put myself in the shoes of someone who likes a heavily hopped, aggressive ale. The bottle was nice and the label was amusing. Otherwise, it is not my thing.
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.