WABeerChick (25) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ummm...wow. This one was tossed into the mix at a barley wine tasting. Really great color. Nice aroma. Like no IPA or barley wine I have ever had.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2005 Orange-amber color, hoppy aroma but not monstorus like I expected. Have rerated this because I have deveopled a great respect for whats going on here. So far back in the pile noone will ever read this, but I am upping my rating. Still to expensive, bit I would buy it again
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The guys at Dogfish Head are crazy. This beer rocks. I am a hophead but everyone should at least try this beer. You may need to split it due to its alcohol content, but it is worth it.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
small whit had, dense and tight. slow rising bubbles, copius in quantity, very tiny in size. bautiful lace. Alcohol in the nose, with sweet fruity hops and some stale malts, hay and musty maltiness. nice full body, but intensely "stale" to me. residual fruity hop resins. dry toasty malt,sweet and tasty. For 21%, the flavor and full smooth body cover real well. an interesting experience
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice orange/light amber with a slight head which fades fast but leaves decent lacing. Aroma is strongly hopped but not as much as other imperial IPA's. There are also hints of alcohol and sweet caramel malt in the aroma as well. Flavor is of lots of malt blanaced by lots of bitterness. Alcohol increases as it warms. Full bodied with a heavy resiny residue left in the back of my mouth. Overall this is a great experimental beer, with an abundance of alcohol which is hidden quite well.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not really my cup-o-beer, but interesting as an experience. I much prefer the 90 minute version. I'd prefer this to be not nearly as alchoholic and more hoppy, but that's just me. It was worth the $8+, but I wouldn't get it again. It would be interesting to try a barrel aged version though.
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a rich beer this is! Bronze in color, loaded with malt sweetness and an impressive hop bang on the finish.Very very very rich!
JMerritt (1799) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bright amber color, head is very small and mostly diminishing. Citrus, pine cones, maple syrup, mint, and chocolate (?) in aroma, with perhaps a slight hint of alcohol. Very sweet raisin and green grape flavor, bordering on syrupy, which almost entirely covers up the citric hops -- they're in there, but it is a bit of a struggle to find them. Pine resin finish. Massively thick stuff. Don't expect an IPA; this stuff is most definitely in a category all its own. This is my 500th rating, on my birthday to boot!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep amber color. Nose is strongly hops, sweet malt and alcohol. Flavor is malty sweet with a strong hop bite at the finish. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and only really rears it's head in the aftertaste. Something really special!
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Hell yeah. That should be enough. But it is not.
Amber ish golden with a thin white head. THe nose is sweet malty with a sharp hop finish. The taste is suggary and hops sweet and malty in the taste. The mouth is full and heavy.