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RATINGS: 3497   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (13350) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
8th December 2008. Hazy orange - brown beer. Tangy, peachy, oranges and a little tea. A touch of hop bitterness. All riding over a smooth malt base. Semi dry and semi bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (13163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 2, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2010 Bottle at home ... many many thanks to RIS101 for the trade. Red brown,high hop little sweet ,sweet juicy malts again american high hop not all bad actually very juicy. much beter balance than others I’ve had; grapfruit drying linger 3.7... bottle at musa ... dark copper ... thin white lacing ... soft rich fruity malys ... big hop front ... juicy hops ... light malt ... again overfizzy 3.8 ...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13046) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2008 Draught. Sweet hop aroma with some caramellized sugar. Deep chestnut colour. Light brown head, creamy and quite stable. The flavour is quite hoppy, on the brink of snapping the aroma hop flavour. Rather bitter aftertaste. Quite drinkable in spite of its ABV. 7 3 7 3 17

Bottle at GBBF08. Caramelly aroma, slightly rough. Nice clear dark chestnut colour. The flavour is also quite caramelly. Some hoppiness, quite bitter, and slightly rough. 7 3 7 3 19

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (12753) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2009 Bottle - Thanks to Jan (ØLbaren). Copper - white head. High hoppy - violent, resin, grass, straw, grape, grass, dry. Not as focused as I expected. - I had this again a couple time efter... wow what a beer. It don’t get more balanced/focused, but just a lot better, still confusing. Bisquit, cookie, roasted, high hoppy, light sweetness... I love it !!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (12651) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle from Belmont Station, Portland. Ruby colour with lasting tan head. Sour hop aroma is lovely. Malts are sour coffee. Sourish in mouth, astringent hop on end. Cats pee aroma. Rich in mouth, but slightly sour as well and then this astringency cuts in. This is more a state of mind than anything else. Take bits that are attractive, sour, astringent and here you have something arrogant. It seems to say "Here I stand with strong statements of taste and knock me down if you dare." Smells of a yeasty English bitter. Yeasty like Harveys Sussex Best Bitter. Some fullness in mouth. Yeah, I liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (12612) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 11, 2009
Bottle. A slightly hazy, golden to copper beer with a nice, dense, beige head leaving beautyful lacings The aroma has malts and hops in a nice blend, with some roasted malts in the back. Sweet, malty, slightly roasted flavor with piney and resiny hops giving a fine bitterness that lasts for a while. Full-bodied and slightly warming. A nice and balanced beer, but is is worthy the commercial description? That doesn’t really matter, and it was really fun finding it at a Norwegian pub. (090403)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (11895) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
Bottled
Red ruby color, small tanned head. Strong flowery hoppy nose. All hops, hops and hops with some sweetness underlying. Not very complex beer - propably heaven to hopheads, not for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (11786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2000
UPDATED: APR 30, 2003 The best I've ever had brought some wonderful citrusy, leafy hops overtop of the crystal malt. This trend carried through the earthy body. If it's not so fresh, and doesn't have a fresh, rich hop aroma, it gets dominated by that malt and is not nearly as impressive nor enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a dark amber color with a medium creamy head. Good tasting brew with hints of caramel mixed in with lots of malt and big hops.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2003 Dark copper body topped by a small creamy tan head tinged with orange. Aroma is intense grapefruit, medium sweet. Taste is grapefruit, chocolate, finishing alcohol-tinged grapefruit and light chocolate. Medium-full body. I could see this as one of my "Desert Island Beers" -- it's very satisfying, though not enough to stop you from wanting another one or two or six.


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