ClarkVV (5681) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
03 Bottle. One of the best looking beers I've seen. Reddish brown mahogany, bright but wavy. Tons of sediment due to bottle conditioning. Very hazy. Big rich yellow-beige head. Incredible amount of lacing. Smells of lots of bittersweet hops, maybe the slightest bit of scotch-like aroma. Flavor is mostly hoppy (pretty high alpha content) but has a well balanced medium dry caramel malt backbone. Creamy texture. Finish is clean and surprisingly not that bitter. Touch of light roasted barley. I almost think there is a touch of scotch-like alcohol flavor, but I might just be thinking that. Spicy, full, balanced and very very drinkable. The flavor could stand to be a bit more complex, however.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown hue with a very nice creamy off-white head that just doesn't quit, very good lace. The aroma hints of pine, grapefruit, roasted malt, butterscotch, wood, and spice. The taste has a solid backbone of malt and sweetness to balance against the hoppy pine character and bitterness. The additional undertones of burnt wood, light citrus, and blended spices work well and enhance the flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with the expected dry finish. What a wonderful brew, big yet sublime, surprising. Recommended.
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is some good stuff - certain elements remind me of Arrogant Bastard - lots of malts, but not overly sweet, still plenty of hops in the mix - caramel and chocolate - tasty and heavy.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
reddish amber with a big glassy, peach colored head and a hoppy aroma...piney, spicy hop flavors and some grainy notes too..some grapefruit rind in the finish..
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A really nice malty/hoppy beer, with a big American hop nose and bitterness, well balanced by a sweet, caramel-y/roasty malt body. An excellent strong amber ale.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big beautiful frothy head that leaves very nice lacing. Deep clear ruby color. Malty hoppy aroma, citrus and sweetness. Man this beer smells good. Flavor is awesome, big malty chewiness balanced by a very nice hop bitterness. Body is medium full and very chewy. What a beer. This beer deserves better reviews then it gets!
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. This may be the most under-rated brew i have ever sampled. This brew was fantastic! "A bastardized Scottch ale" is correct! The appearance on this thing was garrnet red, with lots of rocky off-white head. Aroma was awesome! big, malty, sweet, and hops-i loved this aroma! Flavor was very well balanced between nice carmal/roasted malts and a nice dose of american hops. I so need more of this stuff!! this is one hell of a brew!
Suttree (6043) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby red, tan head. raw hops and caramel aroma. I see here in my notes that I described it as "Mmmmmmmmmmmm drinky". Look, it had been a long tasting session and I was pretty worn out by Tennessee's 5 overtime win over Alabama, so maybe my tasting notes are a little, you know, unclear. At any rate, there was apparently a veggie and "raw grass" (as opposed to cooked grass?) flavor, too. dry, and hoppy to the finish, which is also described here as "butu".
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lofty, rocky and lasting light-tan head above a murky brown. Wonderful nose, loaded with a bouquet of flowery hops. Moderately carbonated with a "second," underlying layer of texture that was incredibly smooth and creamy on the tongue. Very aromatic and complex, with notes of campfire, citrus (orange, grapefruit). Malts were deep, thick, satiating, smoky, burnt and rich. Tingly hops in the finish ... complemented by a healthy dose of bitterness. Chewy, exuding flavors ... huge malts and big hops in this beer. Good stuff.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark ruby color with small white head. Good lacing. Nice aroma...mainly hops on the nose with a light malt presence. The taste is roasted malt up front with hop bitterness after the swallow. A very interesting beer.