Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Drink this slow and savor it. You're worth it. Brilliant amber and surprisingly clear with a thin halo of head that leaves a few spots of lace with each sip. Earthy hop aroma with a hint of sherry sweetness. Big and thick with a good deal of carbonation for such a high-gravity beer. Very sweet, vinous, and fruity but that's easily balanced by the insane level of earthy bitterness. Sort of a cross between WWS and 90 min--sort of... Really, drink this slowly. I didn't like it much at first but after a couple hours of slow sipping, it was a new favorite. It takes time for the flavors to really bloom and they change quite drastically with temperature.
Suttree (4745) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2004 How is it that a beer hopped for 2 hours is too sweet? Looks great - golden orange, nice sized head. Citrus hops up front, but finishes almost sugary sweet. Sampled at 2004 Southeastern Ratebeer Gathering, Atlanta.
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2006 Re-rate does nothing to dimish the greatness. Sweet grapes abound. in this 6 oz. sample.
4 oz. sample at Southeastern Gathering. Dark golden color and fizzy. This probably shocked me more than anything that day. I was expecting something overly bitter, with a late burn. What I got was something strangely balanced with a sweet finish. Not at all being a "hophead", and loving a 120 IBU - iím miffed! They got this one right.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2005 Sample glass, RateBeer Southeastern Gathering. Tons of malt and hops in the aroma. Simply too beautiful and complex for me to describe in words here (read=late in the tasting, looking for another bottle). Nothing citric about the hop profile. Flavor is everything the aroma promised. Gorgeous amber-orange body. Heavy body, creamy/oily texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: I donít know who brought this, but thank you so much; this is an awesome beer, plain and simple.
Re-rate. 12 oz bottle, snifter, 04 bottling. Not quite as aromatic as i first concluded (-1). Color is nice, but not as deep as previously indicate and the head diminished quickly with little lacing (-1). Flavor is a bit simpler than I remembered and the alcohol a bit strong (but still well hidden for 20%) (-1). Still a very nice mouthfeel. Overall is affected by the other decrements (-2). A tasty beer...just not top 10 material for me anymore.
Shag (2501) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Yellow orange appearance with a large head. Flavor is citrusy. Some hop bitterness is present. It hides the alcohol better than I expected. Pretty good but I prefer the 90 minute. RERATE : This was terrible and defines cloying. Im not sure why I even thought it was pretty good. Syrupy garbage.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 HUGE!!! What a beer. Over hopped American IPA is a beautiful thing and this is certainly no exception. Flavor overun with pine and cotton candy. This is completely over the top and I love it. Thanks to CaptainCouger for bringing this one to the tasting.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2006 Nice clear medium gold/amber color with barely any head. Yet, there is a constant fizzy surface which is just right. Light malty aroma with moderate flowery hops, a little wood, dark fruit. Very sweet taste which helps mask the alcohol, and a lot of hops. It basically tastes like sweet syrupy grapefruit alcohol, which is a little plain, but I still like it. ABV level isnít bad in terms of taste, but you can really feel it in the back of the throat. A bit of a bite in the hops... tends to build up. Overall, I admit it was a bit much in terms of ABV and sweetness. They both seem to mask flaws and donít provide any interesting complexities. However, I still enjoyed the beer.
Same vintage (2003), 10/27/2006. Very little hops. Surprisingly little. Dusty copper, sparse bubbly head. Its a malty strong ale aroma. There are some hops, but very little in aroma. Alcohol presence in the sweet malt give it a dessert-wine feeling. Taste is again malty, a stale cookie thing too. Has a bitter-like thing.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Glowing gold color with a white frothy head. The aroma was slightly hoppy, had a little bit of yeast, but was mostly just like the fake fog at amusement park rides. This shit doesnít taste like normal beer homebay lemme tell you, it's more like thick maple syrup and lots of alcohol accompanied by a big pile of pancakes. Basically, a breakfast in a bottle.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2004 Clear amber body with ample carbonation. Nice looking lacing. Foamy white head that doesn't amount to much. Alcoholic peach aroma with what I think is a hop burn. Both the aroma and flavor remind me of their Raison d'Extra - I imagine two 20% ABV beers would use similar yeasts. The flavor is a pretty consistent mixture of sweet peachiness, bitter hops and alcohol. Finishes with hop notes and a warm alcohol burn. I honestly can't detect all those hops over the sweet syrupy backbone. An interesting beer, but I'd rather have a super hopped beer that exhibits the hops rather than one that tries to balance the hops with overdone sweetness. I know they're there, I can taste the hops on my lips after sipping, but every inch of them is covered in peachy syrup.
I'd like to quote from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Ratings/Beer/ShowBeer review: "A crude and excessive beer that doesn't taste as if it's been fully brewed out."
Update 3/3/2004 - Much better when drank at room temperature. The alcohol in the flavor still makes me pause, but it's much more enjoyable now, and the hops are more evident about the (still excessive) sweetness.
CapFlu (4254) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 (Bottle) Poura a medium, foamy, white head and a clear, uncarbonated orange-amber body. Nose of well... hops. Whoa! Whoa! Whooooaaa! Tame d'em hops boys. So syrupy sweet, hops that give you a headache. This is hops genecide - so many sacrificed! Fruity sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is more sweet though there is a tart, dry hoppiness that I will have nightmares of. A strange beauty...