FoolishMortal (982) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red amber color with a small tan head. Cascade family hops, plus doughy malt and alcohol in the aroma. Syrupy malt, raisin and plum flavors with muted hops underneath. Alcohol and a slight bitter resin character in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and rather hot.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at Stone 9th Anniversary Festival. Copper pour, thin head, very hoppy aroma (duh). Medium bodied, lots of residual sweetness and of course more than enough hops. Somewhat of a surprise, this beer was better than expected, perhaps the recipe has been refined since the recent ratings, I thought it was quite good.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draft: San Diego Brewing Company in San Diego, CA) Wow, this is an eye-opener! Pretty massive alcohol bite is throwing me for a loop. Itís, uhm, really strong. Sweet, malty, moderately bitter, some modest tea flavor, but sweet Jesus, the alcohol persists long into the finish. Even after sipping on this for half an hour, I still havenít gotten used to the alcohol. Sticky, dense palate, soft and creamy, but the obvious alcohol bite is a negative. Smells very malty, sweet, fruity, and tea-like, but not very hoppy at all. Color is dark gold to light amber. Small, off-white head fades to nothing. Thankfully, San Diego Brewing serves this in a 10-ounce glass as I canít imagine trying to drink more than a pint of this. Just about every beer Iíve had thatís more than 13% ABV hides the alcohol better than this beer. But if you can get past the alcohol, this isnít actually a bad beer.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
6/11/05. On cask at Pizza Port Real Ale Fest í05 in Carlsbad, CA 6/11/05. Dirty, murky burnt orange. Soft, creamy head that cowers away with a whimper. You gotta be kidding me with this shit. Nutshell nose, super resinous, ever fainter late harvest orange zest. Very full body. Huge alcohol and messy flavors all over the place. Filthy ground nutshells scraped from the ballpark bleachers (trust me) and hop concentrate-ass powder (thatís what the notes say). Dry and prickly, super sharp and mouth-watering. Light sweetness somewhere in the horror. Long finish that I canít get rid of-- frighteningly reminiscent of Oggiís Collossus with some poison ivy thrown in. An alcohol edge in the huge resinous aroma even-- that should have served a harbinger, but I downed my first swig of this shit with oblivioius enthusiasm. And then I gagged on that first sip. This is super sugary and sweet, probably inducing wicked hangovers for those who dare to drink enough of it. But itís mostly concealed by the toasted nutshell resin. Imbiber beware.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On cask into pint glass, Real Ale Festival 2005. Hazy pumpkin juice orange, ecru head of medium size with big bubbles, thick and creamy. Grapefruit hops with some spice (corriander?) and spruce on the nose. Mouthfeel was kind of weird: liquified cardboard with charcoal or ash or something. There was some underlying grapefruit acidity. Alcohol astringency late in the finish. Sugary and syrupy sweetness. Slightly woody. Not as hoppy as I expected for a IIIPA. There was an unenjoyable tang in the finish. Overall, very untutored bigness; more like a weird strong ale than an IPA. Many at the fest didnít like this; I didnít think it was quite as bad as they did. Still, itís not great.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2005
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Pours a hazy deep reddish brown with a light tan head. Aromas of alcohol, oak, pine. Flavors of the same with some rubbing alcohol in there for good measure. Sure, I love strong beers, but strong beers with balance and actual flavors.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
This beer was poured from tap at Oíbriens in San Diego. Dark amber color. Small head. Aroma is piney, fruit, caramel and alcohol. A medium to full bodied Imperial IPA. Malts are fruity an sweet. Hops are overpoweringly piney with floral and grapefruit as well. An overwhelmingly bitter and alcoholy Triple IPA. Lots of alcohol oiliness. As Nigel Tufnel would say ďthis one goes to 15Ē. It should have stopped at 9 or 10. I can assume that some aging would settle this assault down somewhat. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is bitter
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at OíBriens. Hazy and reddish amber with a thin beige head and a bit of lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy of heavy dried fruits, pine and pepper. Flaovr is sweet also, again dried fruits, apricot, peach and papaya with clove and grapefruit rind and a strong alcohol bite in the finish - a bit mediciney. Thick body and little to no carbonation. Definitely and malt and hop monster, but a little unbalanced overall.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 27, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 Pours with a deep red body topped by a thin head with some lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty yet bitter with strong alcohol esters. Note much for hops to it. It definately needs some age to mellow out. Full bodied, tingly on the tongue and warming.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2005
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
This beer was poured from tap at Obriens in San Diego. This beer pours an amberish color with a small thin white head, almost non-existant and no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is weak with wafts of alcohol and pine with a hint of bread...pretty basic. And that is where this story should have ended if we were hoping for a happy ending. By accident.... accident i say, i sipped the damn abomination of beer and it caused rapid convulsions of my taste buds. The flavor is overwhelmingly bitter, obtrusive, piney, alcoholic and downright dry. Absolutely revolting, over the hill mouth puckering pineyness balanced with zero... and i mean ZERO malts. They went about 10 steps past the finish button with this one. Heavy throat burn due to way too much alcohol presence. There was zero balance here in every respect of this beer....look away...look away and maybe...just maybe, it didnt really happen? Eh....