slowrunner77 (6576) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(old notes) These low scores all seem to be from years ago. Suffice to say things have improved greatly. As far as the hoppy beers go, this was a standout. There’s a good chance the abv has been toned down a little. Can’t confirm that. but it seemed closer to 10 than 13. Not a lot of balance...a big dank hop monster with some sweetness in the finish, but this is a hophead’s beer."
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2008 Date: 12/02/2005
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest
Appearance: clear amber,
Aroma: sweet hoppy aroma with nice pine and citrus,
Flavor: hot and alcoholic flavor, big bitterness, touch of sweetness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 9/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft, 2005 PP Strong Ale Fest. Orange copper and hazy pour. A load of citrus hops, overwhelming with some kind of off-scent. Super malty sweet with loads more piney citrusy hops. Long lingering finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: Hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. Moderately hoppy aroma of mostly pine and earthiness. Caramel malt. Seemed to be some butter scotch aroma underneath (point off). Huge acidic hop flavor that actually grows toward the finish. The bitterness is much lighter than I would have expected. Making it easy too drink. Maybe to easy for a 13% beer. Full-bodied thick sweet malt.
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on tap at the pizza port strong ale fest in carlsbad. First few sips were intense and quite nice, but a few later and the strong malts and hops just weren’t working together. As beerguy101 said, it was a trainwreck. A beer that illustrates that tons of hops and malt don’t always make a good product.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma had caramel, slight bourbon note, and malts. The flavor had malty sweetness, caramel, whiskey notes and alcohol esters. The beer poured a reddish borwn color w/ orange/yellow highlights; no head and lacing. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 On tap@O’Brien’s: Aroma is honey sweet. Hazy dark amber color with a small off white head. Flavor starts rich and fruity sweet followed by orange, a hint of alcohol and a lingering dry orange rind finish. Sticky, rich, smooth palate. 13% ABV makes it self known warming the face.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark copper/brown color with a small head and not really any lacing. This is quite possibly one of the most sickly smelling beers I have ever encoutered... and the taste matches the aroma. So strong and the alcohol taste was virtually unbearable. I couldn’t even handle finishing this beer, I had to pour it out or I would have gotten sick!
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at SD Beer Festival. Pours clear orange with an average white head. Colossal hop aroma and taste. It also has a strong malt back and a big alcohol bite. Some pine and citrus, but just barely. I realized this was 13% about 15 minutes after my second glass. Would recommend staying away from this beer if you have any plans for the next 4-6 hours.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet and malty aroma with few hops notes. Deep amber color with a thin head. Strong, out of balance alcohol character. Sweet, malty flavors dominate this beer. Not nearly enough hops aromas or flavors to constitute an IPA. This beer drinks more like a bad, out of balance barleywine.