urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m rather surprised that no one talks about the peaty character which provides the richness under all those hops. There is some real Scottish ale character to this. What makes it extremely fun is the west coast hops which give spice and citrus twang. Really wonderful stuff. Drank it while watching the movie Straw Dogs--fitting, as both the beer and the movie focused on the intersection of British and American style.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 trappist glass: fantastic aroma of a sweet and spicy forest. great taste as well. soapy, but nice head with good lacing. dark brown body with red highlight. tastes like a spicy ale. it has a nice creamy palate with a bite! grapefruit, pine, burning wood from a campfire. american strong ale? egh, "bastardized scottish" that’s more like a pale red. i guess. i like it a lot! ----- UPDATE 9/11/08: very twangy dark fruit aroma and flavor, with some caramel; very creamy; interestingly different... I certainly see the Red and Scottish influence.
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is all about the hops - but just enough maltiness is present to show some attempt at balance. Dark clear amber body with a full cream colored head. Strong piney hop aroma accompanied by a nearly hidden malt. Initial strong hop flavor with a bit a malt added for balance followed by a dry hoppy and slightly roasty aftertaste.
Radek Kliber (6602) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Honey, sweet ale, characteristic hop element, rater grassy kind of hops. Hoppy, well made bitterness. That medium bodied ale got malt as a backbone to crowning hops. Nice fusion. Very drinkable, well balanced ale. Highly recommended!
GregClow (2961) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy red-amber colour. Big aroma of west coast hops. Flavour has a nice roasty dark malt backbone to hold up the hoppy front end. Good stuff.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep reddish brown color, tan head. Lots of sweet, dark malts and big green hops. The flavor was almost too hoppy. Fuller body, bitter finish, dry. Pretty nice.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to TimDoug for this one! Body is dark amber with some red hues in it. Nice foamy white head. Aroma is super hoppy with some sewwtness. Taste is hops bitterness with some sweet hints. A great beer!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark amber. Finger of beige foam. Big, hoppy aroma w/ some underlying sugary malt. Resiny feel. Big, hoppy flavour w/ good malt background. Also has some peaty notes & a dry, lingering bitterness.
jercraigs (8334) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 2011-12-03. Brown headless body. 3+ Nice hoppy aroma, green leafy touches, mild malt. 7+ Similar flavour, modest bitterness throughout. 7+ Modest malt with a kiss of rye. Average bodied palate. Decent. 7+/3/7+/3/15+ 3.5 Cask at Goodbar, Buffalo
2004-05-XX. Dark brown amber colour with a big hoppy aroma, which also dominate the flavour. Lots of malt present but the essence of this beer is overwhelmingly hoppy. Liked this one a lot. 10/3/8/3/17 Bottler shared at RB Gathering at DougShoemaker’s
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Garnet/mahogany body with tan head. Aroma on the sweet side. Some floral and caramel and citrus. Full body. Flavor is strong and rich. Potent is a word. Definitely a strong ale.