zathrus13 (1734) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours copper/amber, with a small white head. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. Flavor is a lot like the aroma, with a bitter finish. Tasty.
bjcbeer (1) - Brookfield, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2008 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of the best beers that I have ever had at 13.6% and 98 IBUs this beer is way to drinkable.
Stoutdrnkr (2) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This has to be the best bews I have ever tasted. The aroma is very deep, and the hoppiness is very enjoyable. The finish is very clean and scores at over 13 percent alcohol by volume.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cloudy copper color with bit of off-white, slightly lacy head. aroma of grapefruit and pine. flavor is strong hoppy, citrus/pine bitter. although i know there is a LOT of alcohol here, i didn’t get it in the flavor or the bitter, hoppy finish. i think i gotta try another sample to get a proper rating for this beer.... i suspect i am selling it short.
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a bottle at DLD 08. Pours burnt orange with small off white head. Aroma is hops, pine, citrus and malt. Flavor is a huge dose of hops and malt with notes of ccitrus and pine. Had no idea the ABV was 13.6% based on the taste. Great stuff.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Tytoanderso for this one! Clear and copper fluffy off white head and decent honey comb esque lacing. Piney aroma. Big hop flavor (mostly pine giving way to some citrus) with a nice malty backbone. Alcohol was extremely well masked
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle, green wax coated, pours a mostly clear copper body with a sturdy beige head. Lots of chain lacing. Aroma is quite bold. Pink grapefruit, orange, caramel, toffee, alcohol, and some earthiness here. Smooth medium body is slightly syrupy. Taste is citrusy bitter hops. Grapefruit rind and Valencia orange join with a solid caramel and toffee malt backbone. Warming alcohol is not intrusive. Very engaging effort that borders into barleywine territory.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2009 More an APA than an IPA and could use more carbonation but the nose and flavor are devine. 13.6% is alot to hide but this doesn’t have any harsh burn.
Lothore (585) - California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Pours a deep mahogany/amberish hue with little to no head, very murky.
S- Smell is really dominated by piney hops, perhaps a bit of sweet fruit.
T- While this is a beast abv wise, it has an incredibly balanced taste (obviously dominated by hop). Starts out biscuity and moves into a grapefruit bitterness. A bit perfumey at the end. Alcohol is present all the way through but is hidden very well.
M- Thick with little carbonation.
D- For such a high abv beer it is very easy to sip on. In my opinion it just suffers from being a bit one demensional. While it is extreme in the amount and intensity of the taste, nothing in the flavor profile is very diverse. A good brew that I will probably try again at some point.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, thick dark orange pour with a one finger white head. Nice hoppy aroma & flavor with a creamy malty finish. 13.6% abv? I don’t taste it. I guess it will hit me in about 20 minutes.