ElGaucho (2264) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma a lot less hoppy than I would have thought. Floral hops but a strong whiff of alcohol cuts the hops. Huge, off-white, fine bubble head. Cloudy orange in appearance. Head is lasting with excellent lace. First sip features a hit-you-over-the-head alcohol mouthfeel. In fact, similar to that in the aroma, the hops is drowned out by alcohol. But, this is still a very nice brew despite being a little over the top alcohol-wise, which I see now is 20?!? It really is too much alcohol to truly enjoy, however.
boto (1908) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle: I’ve been saving this one and finally decided to give it a try. It pours into the glass a fairly clear, orande tinted dark golden color. There wasn’t much head to it at all. The aroma is strangely both strong and subdued. Very aromatic floral hops to the nose. Some sweetness in there also. The taste is potent. You know that it is strong, but alcohol is hidden in the other flavors. Malty, hoppy, sweet, suprisingly not too bitter, very complex. Excellent.
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy aroma. No head on the pour. Hoppy at first but after a while you don’t notice as much. You don’t notice the alcohol as much at first, but after a while it takes over. Yeah, this stuff will mess you up pretty fast. Insane. Def poss I will be getting this one again.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - AUG 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not nearly as hoppy as I would have thought (Stone Ruination gives the impression of being hoppier). Quite malty sweet in fact, of course it would have to be to sustain the 20% alcohol. And that is exactly what it tastes like, malty grain alcohol. Burns.
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
HOPS. it smelled like a patch of fresh flowers. sweet and tangy hop aroma that was almost palpable. this is probably the thickest beer ive ever had. the WWS wasnt quite as viscous. this is like syrup. amazingly sweet and intense, the taste doesnt have the hop punch you’d figure. although its still loaded with hops it has more of a caramel sweetness to it. finishes with a little alcohol burn and bittering hops. very intense, good, and not very practical. but isnt that the point?
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - AUG 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An interesting beer, or maybe super beer. Bottle. Deep red-orange color. No head to speak of. Aroma is malty and hoppy. Nice balance in the aroma. You can smell that this will have lots of residual sugars. Taste is at first sweet. Some nice malt tones mixed in and a background of hops. Certainly not like the 90 minute. I would buy a bottle of this yearly.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark orange color. It has a nice sweet smell to it. This sure has a kick to it and you can taste the alcohol, but it is well hidden by the grassy and even fruity tastes. Nice level of bitterness which I actually liked consideding that I don’t like IPA’s really.
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very little to no head, sort of a deep peach color. Alcohol aroma. could tell right away this was going to be sweeter than I expected. No where near what 90 minute is. The taste is a little too sweet for me and the alcohol is a too noticable. I like em to be more bitter than this was.
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
well i just bought kill bill 2 (having never seen it before) and what better way to celebrate this movie than to drink a beer ive had for 6 months (plus some high lifes). pours out red colored, not much carbonation in it. taste is very sweet, and grassy. but not as bitter as they claim. rogue old crustation is so much more bitter than this, its not even funny- hell 90 min is more bitter even. this is still a good brew, though im not sure its up to normal DFH speed. sure, its great, but is it the "holy grail for hopheads" - no ,thats dreadnaught. goodnight.
DocLock (8185) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big thanks to JPDIPSO for this. I’ve been seeking out this beer for a long time. It pours orangish/dark straw with a medium white head. Aroma of malt, hops, strong Caribbean fruit, some honey, and alcohol. Tastes very rich, dense, sweet, with some finishing tropical fruit, spirits, sweetness, and slight astringency. This one is huge, but the alcohol is fairly well hidden. I wouldn’t seek this out at the current price, but I respect what they have done here. This beer is very good, and very unique. Surprisingly, I’ve had many hoppier beers but very few with a level of syrupy sweetness as high as this.