FlacoAlto (4133) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brewery has a unique marketing approach, definitely read the bottle as you drink this one. This beer for all of the hype is quite balanced between the hops and the malt. Definitely hop flavor, aroma and bitterness crawling all over the place in this one, but a nice strong maltiness & sweetness that carries the hop brigade quite well. This is a great beer that is a nice amber color.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Right away you can tell this is a strong ale. Thick and dark and syrupy in the pour with almost no head and a little creamy lacing around the surface. The taste is very hoppy with a nice full fell in the mouth. Winey and slightly syrupy in the aftertaste, with hints of dates and figs, wuth otherwise not overly fruity, and very little aroma. Brilliant lacing and incredible to drink...Highly recommended!!!
verbivore (12) - Sunset Valley, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I keep wanting to dislike this beer. I want to take them up on their arrogance. But it's sooooo good, dammit! Big head, almost opaque (muddy) amber. Lots of hoppiness, bitter on the finish. Truly a nice ale. Even if I want to hate it.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deeply emerged in the arrogance, I detect aromas of fruit and hops. A yeasty malt character with nice barleywineish qualities in the finish. Super good but I prefer the double bastard over this one.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love big beers and this one is big in all respects. The hoppy malty aroma just about knocks you over. Then aggressive hop bitterness and flavor hits you, but its not over the top as there's plenty of caramel malt flavor for balance. The bitter/malt finish lasts and lasts.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Had this one on draft and then later from bottle. Both are awesome. Immediately noticable seriously intense hoppy aroma. Can also smell molasses/caramel and maybe some citrus or pine. Head is small and tan, mostly dimishing. Deep, reddish amber in color. Incredibly hoppy flavor, and initial sweetness balanced by a long (really long) bitter finish. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine. Has a pretty serious alcohol kick as well. Definitely a favorite anywhere you can find it.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a nice ruby/burgundy color with a nice small head that stays put. Fruity hops that have an aroma like their IPA, but more subdued. Taste of molasses, caramel, bitter citrus (grapefruit?) and an enticing bitterness that stays solid through a nice sweet malt middle to the bitter end. I like this beer. Makes me hoppy, uh, happy.
EKGoldings (629) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Harumph. I've made better beer out of molasses, used diapers, pencil shavings and spit. After finishing three quarters of a big bottle, I look down at my feet and my socks are still on. A bad sign indeed.
Concentrate Sierra Nevada Pale ale 25% and this is what you get. Malt character is excellent as is the hopping and they are in good balance. No session beer, but a fine drink for sipping or sharing with hopheads as your bud light friends will hate this.
TomC1972 (4) - Clinton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 12, 2003 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This ambered colored ale poured nicely into my glass creating a creamy small bubble head that lasts and lasts. Initial malt aroma followed by lots of hop aroma. Full body malt with a powerful punch of bittering hops that lingers well into the after taste. This was an enjoyable beer but would not drink many in one sitting. A perfect I am going to take my time with this beer type of ale. It would go very well with spicy foods. I enjoyed this beer and will defintly imbibe with him again.
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
For all the hype I think it fell a little short. But is definently an awesome beer. Well rounded maltiness. Goes down smooth. Leaves your tongue and tummy wanting more.