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RATINGS: 3613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rich42 (128) - USA - JUN 5, 2002
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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2002
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.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 3/20
captspastic (20) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2002
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - MAY 26, 2002
Nice color, nice head,nice body with sweet tones, nice hoppy finish... creepy looking bottle!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2002
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2002
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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2002
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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2002
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..

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2002
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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2002
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.


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