P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled GABF: [very sweet, surprised by the amount of malt thats very sweet. Raison, plum, very hoppy. So much like hop candy.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light amber brew.Really sweet malt and hoppy nose.taste was sweet and alcohol.Not real strong in alcohol because the thing was so damn sweet.
sallad (115) - USA - NOV 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 bottle - 2004 release. Pours a bright, clear gold to copper with a medium light tan head. Sweet, sweet malt aroma with an underlying spicyness. Big sweet candy-like flavor, giving way to some slightly toasty malt with barely enough hops to keep it in check as alcohol notes begin to show. Finishes nicely balanced between malt and hops with a firey alcohol undertone that warms on the way down. Lingering sweetness battles lingering bitterness and alcohol. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Hop aromas and flavors are suprisingly lacking, mostly due to purely overwhelming malt sweetness.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Bottled 2003: Light amber/orange color with a small head. Aroma of alcohol, sweet candy malts and hops. Flavor is really sweet, and a little syrupy. Not much alcohol taste and the hops don?t seem that strong to me either. Pretty good but its hard to drink the whole bottle.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lots and lots of hops. But too sweet by far. This beer just doesnít work as a whole. The hops come across harsh, and the malt cloying. The balance is not met. Still, I will have to say that it works better than I anticipated a beer at the abv would.
Pailhead (6376) - 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 (903) - 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 (2650) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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 (1830) - 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.