jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Hazy, golden, orange color. Poured with a decent white head. Initally this started bitter with a pine needle flavor -- bitter, earthy, grass. However, in the finish I found this to be overly sweet. It had a thick syrup like texture and this bag o’ sugar taste. The bitterness was nice but was drowned out by the sweet. Not a malt crispness, but a fake sugar overly sweet characteristic that I just did not like. There are some good aspects to this beer, but I will reach for something else next time.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBESG 2005, Orange beer with a small off white head. Malty, light sweet aroma with a hoppy fresh fruityness. Flavor starts malty and sweet, then becomes hoppy and fruity. Finish is dry and bitter.
oh6gdx (21914) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark golden colour, beige small head. Sweet fruity aroma with weak alcoholic hints. Sweetish alcohol and fruits in flavour. Sticky palate. Hoppy flowery aftertaste.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled - St Albans BF - Cheers for sharing this one Duff. A mid brown coloured beer with a good off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma is hoppy, moussey and fruity. There are berry fruits rather than the massive citrus hit I was expecting. The taste is also fruity and moussey. Lots of mouth filling hops and a long finish. I seemed to be disputing the styles of the US beers we had. Thought this to be an American Strong but what do I know? What I do know is I enjoyed it.
TBone (13637) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark honey golden color, decent off-white head. Fruity, hoppy nose. Starting sweetish honeyish, then intensive flowery hoppy flavor. Medium to full bodied. Hophead’s paradise.
pilsnerrogge (2594) - Finspång, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber coloured. Ok head. Fruity aroma of hops and gooseberries. Fruity flavour of hops and dried apricots. A bit sweet but still tasty.
harrisoni (14687) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 Bottle, St Albans Beer Festival 2005, brought by Duff back from his visit to Boston. Deep orange colour with beige head. Intense IIPA hop nose. Just a huge beer. Sweetish but incredible. Really chewy hops. Subtle? No. Session beer? No. Still, lovely to drink. 4.4/5 Re-rate. Too hot and too much tea in it. Not as good as I remembered it, but then it was just about my first IIPA
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Clear amber with good head retention. The first thing i noticed about this beer was its awe inspiring mouth feel. It is thick almost, slimy. It is of course extremely hoppy with a sharp, almost sour, note (not infected) in the aroma. Sweet and a bit alcoholic and becomes a bit cloying after some time. It killed my taste buds for the rest of the evening and I would have preferred a half pint.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a very pretty. clear reddish/orange color body wwith a thick tan head. Aroma is mostly grapefruit and flowers. Flavors are hoppy with lots of grapefruit. Also tastes a little oaky to me. Like it’s been aged in oak. Very smooth after a minute or two. Great double.
TheEvilTwin (13) - Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Brilliant floral nose, deep amber color with a nice fluffy head. Well ballanced for a beer of this size.