JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 Bottle. Pours a deep copper, rather translucent. Damn filtering. A thin layer of white head remained throughout. Amazing aroma. Smells of grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit. Maybe some toffee as well. Flavor starts out with a huge blast of malty sweetness. This is followed by a huge blast of spicy and grapefruity hops, to the max. Oh man. My first thought was, is this Hawaiian punch? Ends rather sweet, borderline cloying. Alcohol is well hidden considering the magnitude. Ive seen lesser beers in the 10-11 ABV range show more alcohol (eg. Dulle Teve). First few ounces were amazing, the next few not so much, and the last few were hard to finish. A crazy concoction worth a try, but in the end, lacking a bit of complexity, and the sweetness becomes unbearable at the end. Will need another bottle to cellar. More of an American Strong Ale than a IIPA.
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, courtesy of Dave B. Poured hazy deep orange with an average diminishing off-white head. Aroma - wow, incredible rich hops - dry hops, resiny fresh hops, oily hops - mmmmm - also woody solid malt backing, a bit funky and lactic too - nice. Taste - this is 21%? Really? Lovely rich sweet malt, resiny hops that build slowly and really stay with you. Sticky, full-bodied mouthfeel, really really nice. Thanks Dave!
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I would find it very difficult to place this along with other double IPAsí. The explosive hops aroma I was looking for isnít there like I hoped for. Hops are present but have been overshadowed by a sweet, caramel, sugary fruit aroma. Not unlike another favorite of mine...barley wine. Beautiful clear amber pour. Smaller head than on a typical IPA. It has a close, compact, and thin off-white head. Lots of lace. Be careful...that first sip will knock your ass off! Not what I expected. Definitely smooth for a brew this potent and with IBUís so high. Sweet and syrupy. Dried, candied fruit...peaches, plums and pears. Alcohol burn up front that blends with the fruit on the way down. The alcohol is masked wonderfully. I love it...however, this falls way out of line from an IPA of any kind. In my opinion this will always be a barley wine.
tattooscott (6) - shepherdstown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2005 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This shit will knock you down. No joke, @21% itíll put on a hurtin. But beyond that it doesnít taste like it will kill you. Still extreme alcohol taste with a sweetness that attempts to hide its crazy side (think ex-girlfriend) Goes down smooth but youíll never remember. Crazy hoppy.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not the huge hop aroma that you would expect. More alcohol aroma and flavor that hop aroma and flavor. High alcohol almost has a sweetening effect on the hops. Needs some age to cool down the alcohol. Interesting.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is definetely as advertised. BIG flavors. Big hops and big malt. Alcohol is noticable at the beginning, but as you get further down the glass it fades into the background becoming unnoticable. The hops are obvious but a huge sugary malt background keeps them in check. Beer is quite warming with all the alcohol. Tasty? Yes. Over the top? A little. I like it, but in an IPA I like a little more citrus fresh hop profile. Not amazing, but very good.
BeerandBlues2 (10891) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2004 bottle. This gem pours a brilliant hazy harvest moon to pumkin orange, some ruby highligths, with a small fizzy off-white head, mostly diminishing, with soe spotty lacing. Wonderful, inviting aroma of fragrant floral hop bouquet, candied citrus hop with medium roasted caramel malt, bready, with notes of peach, apple, pear, apricot, and grapes. Thick syrupy (maple) caramel malt flavor, lightly bitter and moderate acidity with a sweet citrus hoppy finish, medium bitterness and light acidity and buttery bread malt, some alcohol notes, though not very noticeable given the ABV of this monstrosity. Full bodied and warming all the way into your stomach, very smooth and drinkable, except that one will more than likely do you in. Wow! What a beer, and an Imperial IPA at that. Much smoother and more drinkable than the 60- and 90-minute IPAís; not to take anything away from those great DFH brews.
mephisto (1276) - TAIWAN - NOV 19, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2008 strong grapefruit aroma, i was burping hops. extremely hoppy...., that said itís perhaps not hoppy enough to balanced the body? em..., a very very thick and sweet body. suprisingly drinkable for its strenghth.... not like i was drinking it like a bud light, but i was drinking it. difficult to rate. the drinkability and hoppiness is amirable. it just does not quite work.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2005 Pours a nice hazy bright orange color with a perfect amount of foamy white head and lots of bubbles up the sides. Aroma is a nice sweet mellow citrus/hop smell with a bit of an alcohol undertone. Flavor is very sweet to start, then you are hit with a hoppy bitter taste and finish. Really covers the 21% abv bigtime. Tastes more like an 8 or 9%. Mouthfeel is very heavy and almost syrupy. Overall, Im a fan.
SudsMcDuff (7024) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2013 This is actually very very nice........FULL is the word...good smooth ?creamy? mouthfeel...sweet but not sweet or syrupy....4 me at least, iím a hophead and a barleywine addict and this is just wonderful! Great lacing and ample head to go with with the sunset! orange ...this is a fine powerful brew and needs to be respected for its smoothness, its crazy good sweet bitter 1-2 combo, and its massive and almost completely masked alcohol! If this wasnít so hard to find and so expensive iíd have this in my fridge always! u crazy shark! jungle massive!
rerate: drank close to a case while working at The Near Sighted Rabbit, backroom-- loved this beer back then too. 2008-2009. was in my top 10 of beers. but....
well, 2013. had this beer quite a few times since 09. .. like it best fresh but why do people age this?? .. . my love has disappeared for this. sweet alcoholic garbage. and the way people (new to craft mostly) hold this beer, is pathetic.. . hate this beer now, funny how tastes change over the years... .. .. . katie has some big ass titties!