jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a slightly cloudy amber color, medium thin head of tiny white bubbles, seems to have decent legs and good lacing though. Aroma is a piney citrusy hoppy punch in the nose. Taste is quite sweet, almost to the point of cloying, with a syrupy heavy mouth feel. The aftertaste is still quite sweet with just a touch of pineapple to offset. The sweetness masks the alcohol incredibly well. The only indication of the alcohol is the warm burn down the throat after the fact. Not really a hophead delight either, way too sweet, hops only really noticeable in the aroma. Contrary to EKGoldings, you can drink this bottle in one sitting, but that is the operative word, 'sitting', don't try to stand or walk!!
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 Well, I had to think about buying a big bottle to sample this one....why not sell this in splits? Its 20 freakin percent alcohol and its a beer guys! Dogfish, are you listening? Man, what is this stuff? I hesitate to call it "beer". I decided to first try this in a small wine glass at room temperature.....I think that was a mistake as Ms. Hops kicked me off my chair, spanked me, and called me Nancy. I chilled a glass in the freezer until it was cold and tried it again. This time Mr. Sweetmalt put me in a bear hug and wouldn't let go. I think the wine glass was an excellent idea as there is no way that I'd drink 375mls of this stuff, let alone 750mls. On one hand, I want to rate this low because it isn't a quaffable beer. On the other hand, I want to give it full marks just because of the crazyness of making the stuff in the first place and its incredible complexity. I decided to draw a line in between for the rating although at one level it deserves infinity. Don't look at this as a traditional beer, look at it as an alternative to a porto and drink it in those volumes. If you can drink an entire 750ml bottle of this stuff in one sitting, you are a far better man than I.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I really don't know about this. Super sweet, syruppy and sticky, unbelievable mega hoppyness, very in your face, which can be nice, but they've gone too far with this, almost undrinkable. Maple-fricking-syrup to the max, with heavy citrus and pine. Too much, i'm sorry (Bottle-GBBF 03')
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Practically overwhelming aroma of white grape, pineapple, raisin, apple, sugar, spice (and everything nice), yeast fruitiness, hops, and oh yes, definite alcohol. Gorgeous, brilliant, clear orange-amber color, with an initially creamy, moderately foamy head; however, this unsurprisingly subsided after a good hour or so in the glass. Flavor follows the aroma gratifyingly closely, syrupy, resinous, hoppy and alcoholic, with notes of pine and various citrus fruits. Fiery and expressive. Astounding. Practically defies description. Obviously, the 750 is not meant to be consumed alone, this is one for sharing with those who might appreciate it.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Re-Rate 10/5/2004 12 oz bottle Ok this is the 4th different format in which i have experienced this beer: draft, 750ml, Randalized draft, and now 12oz. The Randalized version was just amazing and warrants at least the 4.6 I have already given this beer. I will choose the higher of the ratings as my final rating. Sparkling clear amber-orange body with a small but lasting off-white head. The aroma is dominated by hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. The alcohol is not burning though. The flavor is plenty sweet but not cloying, hops are present all through out, floral, citrus, aromatic and bitter. The alcohol is shockingly well hidden (this explains how I drank that entire 750ml bottle by myself!). Some burn post swallow, but the sweetness and bitterness really cut the burn. Full syrupy body with a slightly sticky, slightly dry fniish.Still love this beer and it is aging nicely. Still a 4.6.
8/11/2003 Updated: Oct 10, 2003 Draft and Bottle - I love this beer. Clear orange-amber with a whitish head. Beautiful hoppy aroma, pine/floral. Big complex flavors, alcohol, fruity, sweet but not overly so. The hops are definitely there but do not sock you in the jaw. Thick and creamy body, really sticks to the teeth. The 20% ABV is masked, shockingly so. This is a dangerous beer. Yum.
rauchbier (3553) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle, GBBF2003. Shared with BeerLimey, Duff, Nuffield, SilkTork, and Spiesy. Syrupy bronze liquid, low hop aroma, lots of fruity sweet malt and nose stripping alcohol. Much too sweet and alcoholic in the mouth and thick sweet and syrupy finish. Over strong, over priced and too big a bottle for one to handle alone
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. caged & corked bottle. No expiration date, but then again, none is needed. 2003 original batch. $14.70 at a local spot. Poured out a bright amber color, with a massive, rocky, lumpy head. The head slowly subsided to a thick mat of lace on the top of the beer.
Aromas are mostly of sweet caramel malts, and alcohol. Spicy hops make an appearance towards the end.
Tastes very sweet. Not fully attentuated yet. Very viscous, and thick bodied. Granted, there was a lot of malts used in making this beer, but I believe the yeast died out before it had finished it's job.
Very warming to the belly upon swallowing. Coats the tongue well, almost like cough syrup. A fair beer at best right now, it may age into something wonderful...in 10 years.
This bad boy definitely needs about a decade of good aging before it'll be ready to enjoy.
Racegoer (351) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured in to a cloudy dark peach haze. Aroma is that of medium alcohol and mild hops with some underlying citrus. Mouthfeel is thick syrupy, alcohol is evident, flows down easier than D extra. Raisins,alcohol some more raisins, and then figs grapes and loads of sticky sugar.This beer sticks to the palate. More Barleywine than IPA. Warming increases the flavour.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I drank this from the bottle at the GBBF and thought I'd had it before so only took brief notes. Real hoppy challenging aroma, piney, citrussy. Sweet biscuity malts, shortbread, strong grapefruit citirc finsh.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours clear amber with a small head and tiny little bubbles. aroma of grapefruity hops, flowers, berries and caramel. super syrpuy mouthfeel almost like a beer/port hybrid. starts fruity with pineapple and citrus, moves into big hops and alcohol, though surprisingly for the beer's ibu and abv, neither is overpowering. quite good and a different kind of beer, better than the 90, not quite as good as the 60.