brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
15% pale ale. Interesting. Decent head and light alcoholic aroma. Hops are easy on the palate with a subtle maltiness. needs more malt to balance alcohol.
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I got one of the 15% bottles, marked APril 2001. Medium brownish orange. Very little head despite being a slow foamer when opened. Jellyfish sediment floats inside. Apricots and tangerines spiced with pepper and cinnamon. A little sweet and a little unbalanced. It's cloying without overwhelming sweetness. The alcohol gives a slight burn in the gut.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
15% alcohol version--- Orange gold color, small head. Aroma is malt and alcohol. Very interesting. Malty and complex flavors. Alcohol bite/flavor is VERY evident. There are a lot of different flavors going on here. Oranges, wood, smoke and cinnamon and some other spiciness. This stuff reminds me more of a liqueur like Grand Marnier or a scotch or Burbon than beer. Despite the high alcohol content, which is always present, it fairly smooth. It also mellows as it warms to room temperature. Would age very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is a sharp alcohol oilyness.
jonas (5615) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 12, 2003
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very fruity aroma (mostly bananas and pineapples).
Dark amber, no head.
Alcohol taste pretty strong, I can’t imagine how this beer was before they lovered the abv. notes of smoke, and licorice. Medium body.
Racegoer (352) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
strong overpowering ale,chases a profile of a Barely Wine, but not that,sweet. some malt, and a similar sweetnees,alcohol dominates, no complexity, just a beer for the cold times.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - JAN 2, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is one hell of a ale. Reminded me somewhat of Navigator malt liqour. The alcohol in this is strong in the flavoring. Definitely reminds me of some malt liqours than ales. The little devil on the bottle should have been a warning for me but I had to try it. ;)
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 28, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2003 With a strong 15% ABV, this beer does not disappoint if you're looking for alcohol, but unfortunately, the alcohol overpowers the true beer taste. The initial pour has a small head and a brownish-copper color. I was hoping for a more balanced flavor, but the alcohol was simply too much in this brew.
TheBeerGod (5218) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This one packs a punch. Surprisingly it is not overwhelming considering the 15% alcohol content. Blondish brown and somewhat transparent in color and appearance. Not as malty as I was lead to believe. Strong alcohol odor and taste. There’s a slight floral and bubblegum or cotton candy taste within and underlying the finish. Wonderful beer definitely worth seeking out.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice golden color, but no head. Smells like alcohol. Tastes like it too. Sweet, but almost completely overpowered by the alcohol. Not neccessarily bad, I might even drink it again someday, but it sure doesn’t match what I think of as "beer". By the way, an 8 ounce bottle? Odd.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great taste if you stand the strong alcohol taste.