Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Murky, pale yellow colour, sitting menacingly in the glass, obviously powerful but more noble and distinguished than its little brothers, the 60 & 90 minute IPAís. Still brutally hopy like the other two but more mellow and smooth. There seems to be a better balance in this beer, although Iím not sure if itís the contents that have reached a higher state of Zen or whether itís time that gives this beer its nobility. Still a hell of a lot of hop in one glass. It probably took me the best part of an hour to drink it.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a nice coppery color into a brandy snifter. Light carbonation. Smelled sort of like hopped madeira would smell like; sweet but with a powerful nose of alcohol (and obviously hops, in this case). Flavor was very sweet up front, mouthfeel was huge and almost chewy, and the hops surprisingly subdued given the IBUs. Finish was ever lingering, and was somewhat alcoholic with a subtle burn in the back of the throat, and consisted mostly of powerful yet balanced hops and sweetness. Very well done given the hugeness of it all.
cstuartj (900) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 If youíre not sure what a Ďhopí tastes like, then run and buy this beer and drink it... Now you know what hops taste like. The most amazing colour, deep amber/gold, a good amount of head on it w/ the proper pour, pretty amazing considering the ABV. Not a beer to drink quickly! Slow down, get comfy in that lazy boy and start sipping. This beer is a journey, start at cellar temp and finish at room temp. Fruitiness dominates throughout, slightly sweet but not tiny or bright like some sweet beers, no this is deep, dark and complex. The ABV is amazing hidden, be careful with this one it can and will hurt you if not treated w/ respect! A most try for all beer lovers, IPA lovers in specific.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep copper with a thin off white head.
Smells of alcohol, fruit, alcohol, apricots, alcohol, peaches, etc.
Taste is like a blend of braggot and cyser so an apple honey beer. The apple and fruit flavors play heavy just floating on top of that alcohol monster lingering beneath.
The mouthfeel is great, heavy, and full.
Drinkability is low around sippability but not for lack of flavor rather just too heavy.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium gold color. Small head. Aroma is HOPPY and HOPPY, did I say hoppy. A medium to full bodied imperial IPA/Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are barely evident in the taste, which is kind of surprising as they are all over the aroma. Oily and the alcohol is very evident. Malt flavors dominate and its also very sweet. This would work as well as a desert beer, as a little of this stuff goes a longggg way. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and a touch dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer was sampled at the 12 Hour Belgian Beer Festival 2004 thanks to jcalabre...thanks once again man! This beer pours a clear orange color with a significant amount of carbonation and a small very quickly dissipating white soapy head. The nose was absolutely entrancing... heavy hops up front with a bunch of sweet nectars and oranges in the background. There is a slight degree of alcohol presence in the nose, but not enough to get in the way. The taste however pulls an about face. After the nose I thought I might have a top 20 here, then the overwhelming alcohol, complete with oilyness and harshness took over. HEAVY alcohol presence in the taste...severly drying, extremely rougue. Rough bitter and dry finish. There is absolutely little to zero hop presence in the taste..its all strong alcohol and some harsh woodiness. This was just outright dangerous!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear and crisp amber color, and barely any head. The smell of alcohol is nicely hidden by the sweetness of the hopps; a definate orange leafy/grassy aroma makes it pleasantly appealing. Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, rather viscous as well. There is a bit of the hops hidden behind the initial sting from thr alcohol, and the following sweetness. Overall a damn fine american strong ale/imperial IPA or whatever you wish to call it; maybe a bit to strong or sweet, but the pro's outweigh the con's y far
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This tastes like dogfish 90 with a cup of sugar and pineapple garnish. Hops are never allowed to come through due to the sweetness. The brew tasted a little better as it warmed but definitely not worth the price.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2004 The color is reminisent of a Sauternes. Similar body also. Bouquet rich and alive with super sweet malt and maybe a little honey. Hops are there, but not as much as I expected. Incredibly complex nose. Too much to list. Very full bodied and rather sweet. Not nearly as bitter as expected. Finish that lingers on and on. Not much of an IPA. I'd call it simply an Imperial. Intense. Over the top in a lot of ways, but still quite enjoyable. Would make a great appertif.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was expecting this to be a lot worse than it was, and overall, I enjoyed it. Not excessively bitter and rather sweet. It had sherry notes but nothing terribly offensive.