FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled in 2004, Sampled August 2004
Pours a brilliantly clear, bright copper color. A wispy head forms, but then quickly disappears. Surprisingly it has a medium level of carbonation, which I was not expecting in a beer of this alcohol content. The aroma is of apricot, hops and some brandy-like alcoholic notes. There is almost a smell of candied hops here.
The beer is thick and sweet, yet somewhat light and not nearly as alcoholic tasting as I expected. A fair amount of hop flavor manifests itself as apricot, tangerine, pine, wildflower fields, and a bit of bitterness in the finish. This beer is much more enjoyable than I was expecting from such a beast. It certainly could use a bunch more hop flavor (especially given the billing). In the end though the hot alcohol wins out, and is a bit too much. This is good in a 2 to 4 oz samples, anything else is just too much.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Light copper/orange in color and very clear. Small cream colored head,, with good lace. Aroma is sugary sweet, but with apparent hop presence. Strong alcohol flavor and sweetness that is somewhat balanced by hop bitterness. Definitely on the sweet side of the scale. Slightly metallic in flavor. Might be a little young. It should improve and smooth out with some aging.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 A rich amber color with a strong initial carbonation, a tan head that dissipated, yet clung to the sides of the glass, a surprisingly mild hop aroma... and a flavor that kicks ass. The alcohol taste was negligible. What you get is a hopped-up brew that is very drinkable, and I will have it again.
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ElGaucho (2282) - 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 (1922) - 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.