legion242 (2267) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. I am really glad that I made this the first beer of the night. Very intense. Burgundy orange colored. Very little head. Faint nose- probably the weakest element of this beer. First sips are headbangingly sweet. The mouthfeel almost feels syrupy, but not in a bad way. Lots of that belgian candy for sure. Warming as all get out and fit well for this unseasonably cool Spring evening in Dallas. Yummy.
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a beer that thedm picked out for my #1000! Oh my God! Wow! A favorite beer style of mine along with a high ABV to boot! Oh my God! Wow! Bottled in 2004. 22oz bottle. Poured a small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated. The body was carbonated, transparent and a ruby hue. Beautiful! The aroma was just as beautiful...malty, caramel, sweet, spicy notes, raisins, and alcohol. The flavor was extremely to my liking since I so much enjoy high ABV beers. It was sweet tasting, alcohol, and cherries. The mouthfeel was tingly and it had an alcohol burn in the back of the throat. The lacing was sparse. Definitely a sipping beer. Hoping to get another bottle of this to age. This is definitely a kick-ass beer!! Party on!!
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Congrats to Hotstuff on number 1000! Letís hear it for her! This massive monstrous bottle brew from 2004 poured a medium sized head of fine to large sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was a softly carbonated transparent brown color. The aroma is very aromatic with a mix of scents. Present are cinnamon, raisin, and roses. WOW! The palate is massive. It is very vinuous at the start and lingers with a mellowing finish. Very potent stuff. The mouth feel is tingly from start to finish. It a 5 on the palate simply for its audacity! Wow! Did I say Wow? Ball cried the queen is I had two Iíd be king! Nut cried the prince I have two and I am not! This brew is the queen! It has balls! Big hairy ones! It is definitely a hairy beast! It is very flavorful vinuous with strong malt and hop notes with brown malts and woody roasted malts mixed in. Very flavorful! Definitely a top brew! Did I say wow?
omhper (19953) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Deep ruby, clear, small head. Big aromatic, vinous toffee aroma. Rich, soft maltiness. Sweet, but not disturbingly so. Almondy with a hint of licorice and some raisin. Thick, deep, syruy mouthfeel. Peppery hoppy finish. An enourmous, over-the-top ale that works well - at least in small amounts. This beer would do well from aging (and being available in smaller bottles).
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear garnet color with a small kakhi head. The aroma is strong, with fruit viniger, yeast, and roasted smells. A very full feel envelops the mouth. Itís a very bold, strong beer and the high alcohol is definately noticable and remains in the mouth. Roasted, carmel, and a hint of chocolate malts make appearances in this complex and very tasty beer.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Rating number 500!!!). Clear classy brown colour with hints of ruby. Thin and creamy beige head. Powerfull aroma of banana, apples, raisin, alcohol, pepper and port. More pwerfull flavour of yeast, banana, oranges, sugar, honey and apples. Strong peppey alcohol flavour. Strong alcoholic finish with notes of madeira, banana and butter. A tasty beer but those "bomber" bottles is way too big.
Eirikur (372) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAY 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Weird stuff that is. Sweet yet sour. Alot of Wildberries, it has a very nice palate and it lives up the name.
3fourths (8229) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 Batch 1 - May 2, 2004
Deep brown with a small tan head. Big aroma of grapes, sweet malts, chocolate and caramel, with some big hops showing up as well... this has a really nice hop aroma, but itís a bit weak early on. More plums, chocolate covered cherries, burnt licorice and sweet apricots. Thick and sticky, a little fizzy, and stunning the mouth with a carbonated shot of alcohol and yeast. The finish coats the mouth with burnt malts, dark chocolate, cherries, plums, butterscotch and more alcohol. Burning throat has a coating of chocolate to sooth it a little bit. Big time acidity throughout the drink... musty bananas, clove, toffee, etc. Stinging bitterness accompanies the alcohol, making this one a great fireside drink. I like it.
Batch 2 - Nov 2, 2004
Iíve heard a lot about batch 2 being hot and young (heh heh), that is tastes and smells like fuel and whatnot. Well I cracked my bottle anyway, as an election night sipper. I admit Iím surprised that it doesnít resemble fuel at all, considering how many bad reviews the new batch has. The color seems lighter than I remember from batch 1, and the nose is full of honey, molasses, pineapple, some sweet, resiny citrus hops, scotch, butter, brown sugar, brown ale malts, with a huge, nose-sticky concoction of malts that just explode up the nose. But seriously, thereís not much alcohol to notice in the aroma, and taste-wise I would guess that batch 2 is about 11-12% ABV, not 18%. Big belgian yeast and candy sugar flavor, a light burn on the back of the throat, with a frothy coating covering the mouth. Sweet, stinging alcohol burn, but thatís something that scores points with this one... donít drink it as a beer, sip it as winter warmer. Good stuff still, though I prefer batch 1.
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark burgundy, lots of carbonation. Head not big though, but tan and lovely.
Hints of lactics and acidity in the aroma, which is nice, but I have to penalize it a bit for something that might smell like smoked kipper! That bit didnít work for me...
Flavour of malty wild berries reminded me a bit of a Flemish Sour Ale. Still, this brew felt very american to me, overall, which is fine by me.
haukur (1344) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
yes yes yes!! the aroma is just beautiful, a very complex hoppy aroma blended with a soursness of a flemish sour ale! dark ruby red, with a firm head, lacing. Taste is heavy on the hoppy sife, little sours, with the avarage palate of an american strong ale. This is a delightful, domintant brew, with some kick ass finish.. give me more! thanks to whaleman for this treat