Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 Bottle: Extremely sweet aroma with hops. Kind of citrusy. Pours an amber with a small white head. Flavor is extremely sweet. So sweet that hops struggle to come through. Needs to be hoppier to combat the sweetness. Very smooth for the high alcohol content. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish. No burn because thatís probably covered up by the sweetness too. Itís ok and something worth trying once and maybe revisiting every few years...more of a novelty beer in my opinion.
jp1320 (3) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great Brew, and a killer buzz. I was really impressed and even more shocked when I learned the alc. content. Shame its $8 a bottle
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. The notch on it floats between 04 and 05. Poured into my ommegang chalice. Delightful deep amber color. Head is small and dies quickly but leaves lacing to entice the spirit. Aroma of apples and screwdrivers(!). Now the plunge..for the taste. The heavens burst forth! A heavenly host flies down, a choir of angels sings triumphant and blast on trumpets as Jesus himself comes down to bless the bitter sensing tastebuds of my mouth. 5th sip taken 10 minutes in....already my legs tingle and my cheeks feel flushed. The thickness and hoppyness and deliciousness and dankness are almost too much to stand. I bow before Dogfish Head for creating such a heavenly and yet so devilish brew. Címon cowboy light your fire...
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2009 Draft: Glossy gold. Stark white foam yields healthy lacework. Airy aroma laden with marmalade, candied pineapple and hop resin. Hint of graham, pine needles, raw cane sugar, melon seeds, thyme, and phenolics. Creamy carbonation slices its way through the viscosity. Extremely meaty from the start, with oozing pine resin and a palate-coating honey drizzled hop backbone. Unmasked alcohol presence with a touch of perfume. Remarkably soft, yet possesses a grainy sugar texture. Scarce toasted malt sweetness. Intense sweetness with notes of syruped peaches and rich honey. Continually viscous, honeyish, and extremely full-bodied/sticky, mellows the massive hop assault. Ends sweet with a dollop of fresh honeycomb that lingers. Surprisingly simple, despite of its hefty gravity. I prefer the dryer/less sweet/more brightly hoppy, bottle-conditioned [750ml] version over this much sweeter/thicker rendition.
jaymobrown (1734) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2004
1.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Super thick and syrupy. Boot leather taste. Smells like a boiled egg. The alcohol completely dominates, tastes like terrible rubbing alcohol, and consistently burns. There is no texture or flavor here. Absolutely no hops or bitterness, just a sludge of cough syrup with tons of alcohol. This is nearly undrinkable, and has nearly no redeeming qualities. at all. A complete failure considering the relative greatness of the 90 and 60 min.
76oz (4) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great beer but was a litttle sad to find out that it wasnt as hoppy as a lot of double IPA out there. It had a little head when poured from bottle and light carbonation level. It aroma did reveal the hop aroma but iíve smelled hoppier IPAs. Itís color was a light orange amber. The best thing about the beer is it ability to mask the high alchol with its dense sticky sweet malty flavor balanced with its intense IBUís. However I would consider this closer to a barleywine or beer scnapps then to a IPA.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Better get my comments in while still functioning: super pungent hop aroma; thin head, but decent carbonation; thick and dense - it is as if each sip is magnified by six. Sure a bit sweet, but not cloyingly sweet; just a really thick beer. Extremely on the edge
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hazy amber orange with little or no head. Peach, vanilla, hops, and light citrus on the nose. Heavey mouthfeel, with sweet viscous nature and a drying alcohol finish. Very sweet, with thick peach, grapefruit, hops and alcohol showing on teh warming finish. Very Malty...though a bit over the top making it a hard one to enjoy.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Gorgeous bright ruby red color, very sizable, bubblingly creamy head...
Aroma...massive, intense, huge, towering, flowering, flowing over in the air, in the senses, in the soul, ...big, fat fruit, grapefruit, peach, apricot, mango, more...and not too bitter, surprisingly pleasant...
...and, to taste...Oh, my gooíniss! Ah, ah, ah!!!
INCREDIBLE occurence on the palate, prodigious, amazing, and highly flavorful...floods and gushes, uplifts, elevates, urges pleasure at the very instance lip meets cup and ale enters body...full-bodied to say the least, with a long, tantalizing finish, and additional candyish notes that linger on and on...
An IPA that lays me low, knocks me down a notch, and leaves me no recourse but to bow down and let it wash over...every subsequent taste provides further onslaughts of flavor...oh, yum, yummy, McYum-Yums...
During consumption of this ale, I had no idea of the ABV, for itís been carelessly omitted from the label...20%!?!?! ...hot damn!
Sticky, fruity, gummy, sweet, this surely transcends the boundaries of the India Pale Ale, and feels closer to a barleywine, or even a mead or brackett...but whatever the Hell it is, I love it!
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy dirty orange in color with a thick and dense head. Sticky lacing clings to the glass. A pretty solid looking ale.
Not the most pleasant aroma. Suprisingly weak for what i was expecting. Old lemons, apricot, alcohol, tropical juice and grapefruit were easy to inhale.
Like a BIG sweet barley wine. Thick and warming mouthfeel. Felt very heavy in the mouth and certainly not for the timid. I cannot stress enough how well the alcohol is hidden. This can sneek up on you...fast! If I were to have guessed without knowing the ABV beforehand I would have said 11-12%.