eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I probably shouldnít have started the night with this one, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Rich bronze, floral aroma, extreme but engaging balance of sweet and bitter, like bowling balls on both far ends of a seesaw, it could have all gone wrong so easily but it works.
ClarkVV (4427) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 bottle sampled 1/27/05 at Anam Cara. Deep burnished copper color with some light yellow/gold hues. Billowing white head. The saving grace of the night and the only beer that I particularly care for out of DFHs extreme creations. Smells of grapefruit, light pine, some floral bitterness, very spicy and fresh, with a dry pale malt in the background, with some dry toffee notes as well. Flavor starts out bitter and heavily hopped, but seems to hang in balance with the malt base. Not syrupy or cloying, with a good Double IPA like feel to it. Alcohol seems to be covered pretty well by the hops. Full body, moderate carbonation. I found it to be drinkable, which was nice, as I was looking to drink beer at the time, not sip liquor resembling drinks. A bit too bitter though, on the end, with nowhere near the amount of complexity it should have. Iíll keep cellaring the bottles I have for another handful of years.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 This is a good beer; however, there isnít much difference between this $9-for-a-12oz-bottle of this and the comparably priced FOUR PACK of the 90 Minute. Way overpriced for what you get. I will not be buying another of this when I can get 4 of an as good (or maybe even better) IPA. Loaded with hops flavor. HInts of orange and lemon coupled with an earthy taste are dominant on the palate. The alcohol is VERY well-hidden, so take it easy with this one.
Braudog (6041) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 Look up "overkill" in the beer dictionary, and this beer will be there. The overpowering ctirc oil hoppiness on this viscuous beer is just too much. It looks good, but once you get within a foot and get a whiff of the fermented raisin nose, you know youíre in for trouble. 20% ABV? No shit!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is my idea of a session beer. Winey texture to this BIG beer, and oh, so bitter... Come to think of it, I donít mind if I do. PARTY TIP: Try serving this to your unsuspecting guests at the next winter get-together, and then just sit back and watch the fun as they try to drive away on the icy pavement.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange beer. No head. Quite sweet. Not bitter, ecause the sweetness dominates too much. Could be balanvced better. Slightly metallic finish. Funny experiment.
jondr72 (11) - Wyckoff, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious, strong not a big head, hoppy definaelty gets one drunk, one bottle is all you need not as good as the cask 120 I had
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark orange with a small cream-colored head. Strong citrus and piney hop aromas. Flavor is mostly bitter hops, with grapefruit and lemon dominating, overlaid on a rich caramel malt base. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat oily, and the finish is lingering, astringent and bitter. The 20% ABV does little more than provide a pleasantly warming alcohol burn. Not my favorite style, but I did enjoy this beer.
mrhooha (4) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 3, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow, I really liked this beer. Cloudy copper color, very small off-white head, didnít last long. Nose is slightly floral, but the smell isnít overpowering. Surprisingly sweet flavor in the beginning balances out the hops nicely. I expected a bigger hop flavor, but I think what its got is really perfect. Sticky on my lips, nice thick mouthfeel, like sweet crude. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering like in some other beers Iíve tried with less alcohol.
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a clear amber with a creamy white head that left thick parallel lacing on the glass. Clean hop aroma with candy undertones. Taste is abrasive hops with a sticky sweet malt backbone. The alcohol is prevalent (of course) but contributes to the flavor nicely. In my humble opinion, a very underrated beer. Perhaps some people canít take the kick on this one...