harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hop literally explode out of the bottle. Dark amber apperance with very lively carbonation that dissolves down into a lovely bubbly ring. Huge funky citric hop aroma, pine needles, spruce tips, butterscotch and cookie dough. Supremely well balanced! This is how an imperial should taste. The intermingling of the hops with the malt is brilliant, melds together and melts in your mouth. Heavy, heavy hop oil finish, that is almost sulfuric, but other than that it is tasty and delicious!
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
"Batch 3, Bottled Feb. 2006"
Pours vividly clear copper color with a thin, quickly diminishing white head. The aroma is fantasticly unique: citrusy/fruity and herbal/grassy...honestly, it smells a lot like good, dank pot. Umm, not that I’d have any experience. Flavor is extremely hoppy, which makes me very happy. Just barely balanced by a solid malty sweetness, the only thing lacking is a little more crispness in the finish...but it is an Imperial IPA so the higher gravity likely prohibits this.
A damn-fine-super-awesome IIPA.
millerbean (2) - USA - MAR 31, 2006 does not count
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Well Ive had a few IIPAs Hopsickle whiteknuckle and such , so I was excited to get a few bottles of this poured nice, nice head and color, taste hmm not what i was expecting, too malty and not quite sure what else bothered me about it will try another to see if I change my mind if not ill stick with other IIpas that are cheaper too 8 $ for 22 oz ouch
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL: Pours an amber red color very clear, almost no head, off-white, diminishing. Strond aroma of hops, bitter. Hoppy taste but not overly bitter, semi-sweet, with a bitter aftertaste.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark copper out of the bottle. Short-lived and short in stature white head. Good lacing on the glass. Pinecones and citrus in the nose, with a dash of soap. I get malt right away as it hits the back of the mouth, but that soon gives way to a subtle brown sugar sweetness that quickly becomes a bold and splendid hop bitterness. Finish is primarily hops, but it eventually fades to a strict alcohol linger that even burns a little, but not unpleasantly. The transition from flavor to flavor from start to finish is impressive. Well worth it.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(03.24.06) One pint, 6 oz brown bottle purchased from Beergeek.biz. 9.7% ABV, 1.092 OG, 112 IBU. Poured clear dark amber with small white head. Soft carbonation. Sweet toasty malt and caramel in the nose. Full bodied ale that starts with sweet malt and citrusy hop (grapefruit)/toasty malt/caramel flavors. Hop bitterness intensifies in the middle. Stinging sensation on tongue and lips. Finishes with light malt fade and lingering bitterness. Strong malt foundation with a pronounced edge toward hop bitterness. Rich tasting, almost like a barleywine. This is an excellent imperial IPA. Part of Avery’s Dictator series which inlcude The Kaiser and The Czar.
PorterPounder (6912) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 Knightly Spirits, Orlando, Fl, 22 oz bomber. Pours a murky medium orange with a slight off-white creamy head that does not stick around for too long. Tangy aroma with hints of spruce, licorice, and grapefruit. Flavor is very full-bodied with the requisite grapefruit citrusy notes but with the edges a little rounded and smoothed. Balanced well with some maple syrup notes, spearmint, caramel and nuts. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy - sticks with you and the alcohol is hidden very well. Very enjoyable after a long day’s drive to Sarasota.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2006
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 Brew pours a beautiful, almost hazey, tawny golden color w/ a full, semi creamy froth. Head retention is textbook. Lacing is sticky and dense resembling a thick down comforter. Aromas of charred hops and obese malts . Full nectar w/ soft residual effers that create a chewy, creamy texture. Huge hops meet fat caramel. Perfect balance, perfect timing. Everything hits you square in the eyes at the same time. A generous brew w/ classical qualities. Truely remarkable, and quintessential in style. The finish is balanced and long w/ a deep seated hop shard piercing my tongue. Highly recommended.
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep, clear orange-amber with a large white head. Strong grapefruit aroma, with a definite sweetness coming through as well. Intense flavor of piney hops, very bitter, balanced out with some nice malt character. Thick, chewy mouthfeel with a very hoppy, bitter finish. Most hopheads will greatly enjoy this. Very good.
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poures a clear copper color with a large fluffy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is strong. Hops, hay, citrus and pine dominating your nose. Flavor is also powerful and at first taste you really notice the hay and grapefruit. As you go you get a nice sweet caramel malt, along side the intense bitterness from the hops. Finishes strong and long with a nice citrus bite to. A fairly tasty Imperial IPA.