Oakes (13536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orangey-amber colour. Chewy aroma with hint of malt and a big fat chewy character. Rich, resiny hop body with plenty of crystal malts as well.
JorisPPattyn (8429) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-amber. Small, dissipating, yellowish head. Vineous, some chalk, some hops and orangepeel. Bitter; hops, but even more roasted malts. Glimmer of sweet malt underneath, but the roasted varieties reign. Long bittereffect. Extremely full-bodied, chewy. Aftertaste is just the prolongation of all those hops. It’s better than some hopmonsters. Especially the mouthfeel pleases me. Still, it remains a bit lopsided.
motelpogo (7239) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
’02 bottle at perkeo’s gathering. surprisingly hadn’t lost much of its hop profile over 2 years. pine and lychee aroma. plenty of fruit, some apple turnover, not that bitter but quite mellow and tasty
AmEricanbrew (6331) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle pours an amber reddish hue with a two finger white head. Has a sweet caramel and floral hop smell. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. The taste is a faintly sweet caramel which is quickly pushed aside by a tart, hop and alcohol bitterness.
This brew tastes more like a Barleywine now than a Ipa . Not nearly as hoppy as it was two years ago when it was " fresh ". 2004
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a light caramel, somewhat cloudy, small fizzly white head, with sparce lacing. Butterscotch nose... slight phenols along with a subtle trace of pine & hops. Certainly smells sweeter than they did 2 years ago. A sharp bite immediately up front, somewhat thick, sweet, with a nice malty finish. Not as harsh with the bitterness as it was when it first came out. Body and mouthfeel are medium to full. Seems to have held up fairly well. Some slight lingering alcohol and apple skin.   Not bad!
PorterPounder (6200) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a murky orange color with a tight white sticky head which dissipates quickly. Pleasant fruity, malty aroma - slight whiff of molasses. Excellent thick mouthfeel. Flavor - more akin to a barleywine but more hops present. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. Cascade hop flavor is dominant but not to the point of being cloying. Finishes strong. A good nightcap before bed.
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 Vintage. Reddish brown body with a non-existent head. Hoppy, woody nose. Smells similar to the Leviathan from Fish Tale. The first taste is divine! Wondefully hoppy and bitter taste on the tongue mellows a little and then becomes spicy with a lightly bitterted aftertaste. Barely taste the 10% alcohol. This is good. Wish I had more of it!
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, vintage 2002. Lots of lychee and hops in this one, sweetish as usual and alwasy lots of flavour. Not much else buts hops in the flavour.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled bottled at Man Land, Portland
Hazy blonde, no head, nose of bright cascades & other floral hops. I can’t believe they’ve lived up this long! The flavor is nicely bitter & sweet, well aged with a hoppy finish. Yum!
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange brown color. Medium head. Aroma is sweet and fruity with a touch oak. A full bodied Imperial IPA/barley wine /American Strong Ale. Malts are nutty and somewhat sweet. Hops are grapefruity, piney and spicy. A big very hoppy beer. Touch of oak and fruit. This beer is hop dominate, there is no attempt to even try to balance the malts. The hops balance each other out, but there is no attempt to meet the malts. Hides the 10% alcohol very well. Finish is nicely oaky. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean, crisp and oaky. Aftertaste is bitter, with a touch of alcohol bite.