zach8270 (3209) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark and rich amber color with a quickly disappearing white head. Very balanced aroma of hops and a slight touch of sweetness. Just to smell it you wouldnít know it had as high an ABV as it does. Initial taste is surprisingly a blast of sweet malt rather than a hoppy punch in the face. Very sweet and creamy taste that gives way to the hoppy backbone that you know is coming. Not as bitter a hoppy finish as I was expecting, but quite delicious.
GregClow (2812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich amber colour with a thick body and no head. The aroma and flavour are quite hoppy, of course, but it is suprisingly well balanced, with some sugary, boozy sweetness running throughout. Very interesting and quite drinkable despite the high octane alcohol and hop overload.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 Pours an orange color with very little head. Aroma is very sweet smelling with some alcohol burn. I donít notice any hop aroma which is surprising. Alcohol is very well hidden is the taste considering itís 21%. Lots of sweet fruit flavor. Pineapple, peach, candy, and some hop bitterness.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an amazing beer. Beautiful orange glow with just a hint of cloudiness. The aroma is that of a tropical margarita (tequila) and butterscotch. The flavor reveals dates, necterines and a citrusy butterscotch. The hops was quite tame under the sweet, sweet malts. The palate was chewy and smooth with a muted liquor finish. The whole experience is flavor packed and enjoyable. I nominate this beer as the flagship of American Strong Ales and certainly prefer it to the Arrogant Bastard. This is not a beer, it is a work of art.
Silphium (3158) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too extreme to be called beer. Poured cloudy yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. This beer had a very grainy malt aroma with some caramel and floral hops. Flavor is very sweet and malty with plenty of piney and slightly citrusy hops balance. Somewhat tangy. The alcohol presence is amazingly subdued, yet the extreme malt suggests its presence. Nicely balanced even in the presence of such sweet malt.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW!! This is an amazing brew. Aroma just never stops, sweet with those hops smashing some bitter floral tones into your nose. Pours a hazy yellois-orange with a frothy head that laces the glass perfectly. Flavor is much sweeter that I had expected and the alcohol makes itself well known. (kinda expected with 20%) Finish is sweet again with enought of those massive hops to leave you ready for another swallow. Dangerously easy to drink. Word of caution be careful this one will creap up and hit you over the head while your sleeping.
jercraigs (7335) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 2009-01-24. Hazy golden amber body with a nice foamy off-white head and lacing. Massively hoppy aroma, sweet orange and tangerine citrus hops, mild sweet malt base. (8+) Flavour is primarily sweet citrusy hops, sweet sugary malt base, lightly astringent bitterness in the finish is brief. Lingering sweet citrus in the aftertaste. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Yumm! 9/4/9/4/17-19 - 4.4 Tap at Coles Rare Beer Fest, Buffalo
December 2007. Bottle. Murky amber-copper body. Big aroma of hops, melange of fruit, citrus. Hops dominate throughout the flavour, moderate but omnipresent bitterness in the flavour is balanced by sweet citrus, caramel. (7+) Smooth full palate is less syrupy than I remember, not very carbonated. (3+) Pretty nice. 8/3/7+/3+/17 - 3.9
May 2004. Bottle. Hops and alcohol leap from the glass into your nose. Syrupy mouth feel is actually quite nice. Ridiculously deceptive in hiding its alcoholic content, and is dangerously drinkable, with the hops balancing nicely with the sweet alcohol. I sink into this one deliriously falling for its seduction. Thanks Jeremy USA! 8/3/9/4/18 - 4.2
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Initial syrupy texture with a good amount of hops. The hops however are masked by the sweetness of the alcohol. Leaves a sticky feel on the lips after a citrus and floral flavor. Itís really a lot like liquor, even in the aroma, which is half hops half liquor.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz 2003 bottle: poured a nice deep golden color. small white creamy head. smells sweeeeeet. not like bodacious but, sweet like candy. not very hoppy aroma at all either. well, very hoppy, but i think the sweet fruity nose covers the hops too much. tastes somewhat hoppy, but not in a bitter (read good) way. thick, sticky mouth feel, overall, the sweetness is to overpowering.
DanielBrown (3625) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Lucky Baldwins, Pasadena. Very hoppy aroma - plesantly herbal. Slight amber colouring, with a bubbly, fluffy head. Egad! this is a stern test... Very hoppy, aggressively so, and sweet in equal measure. The flavours gyrate and put knives through my tongue. Warming alcohol on the finish. I was wincing through this - it blew my feeble mind. (NB: at the time of drinking I had no idea this was 20%, I thought about 7-8% was a good guess...)