NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I give the aroma a super low score because for the first 5 minutes, it smelled totally skunked. I wonder why? Later on it smelled nice and hoppy/sweet. I dunno, weird. Anyway, It poured a surprising gold color with almost no head, just a thin layer of suds. As far as tasting goes, I was shocked. I was expecting something more along the lines of Dreadnaught, with it’s in your face, kickass bitterness. With this, I felt like I was drinking a super-hopped American Barleywine. It was loaded with complexities and hid the alcohol really well, only knowing there was any due to the alcohol burn in my chest. The taste seemed to consist of candy sugars, apples, some berries? Definitely some sweet grapefruit. Nice hop presence in the finish after the silky smooth mouthfeel. In all, it was quite an amazing brew, once I got past the smell and look.
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold/light amber with a nice off white head. Aroma is pine, floral, a little roasted malt. Flavor starts sweet and syrupy. Before any malt flavor can develop, BAM!!! Hops hit with a dry bitter middle followed by an alcohol burn finish. Doesn’t feel 20%, but strong. Aftertaste is astringant dry. Nice full mouthfeel without too much carbonation. Not a bad beer, but the 60 minute was better.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
not too shabby. i’m glad i tried one. and just one. one of these will turn you into a statue. tangy alcohol vegetable odor. light amber-- no head. VERY sweet. almost like an IPA barleywine. a sweet, honey like vegetal elixir with a slight alcohol burn in the esophagus. syrupy mouthfeel. not all that spectacular, but a couple extra overall points for creativity and the fact that this brewery has the balls to push the limits. a nice avant-garde beer.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is intense! Powerful, richly malty. Chewy mouthfeel. Hoppy and dry. Spicy, from the alcohol. This monster is not for the weak at heart! DFH is to beer, what Greg Pease is to pipe tobacco. I find that a good smoke is a very enjoyable companion to beer. DFH and Pease are pushing the limits of their craft and are accomplishing the impossible! Bravo, DFH.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAY 25, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy amber color with a very small off-white head. The aroma was dominated by honey...tons of it...some apple, and citrusy hops crept in as the beer warmed. The flavor was so very sweet...way too sweet...one of the sweetest beers I’ve ever had! There were some nice candy apple, honey, orange, and some other citrus tones. The feel was really really thick, syrupy, and soft...wet finish. This thing has almost no indications of being an IPA...maybe an odd barleywine. Thanks WillBlake for this awesome opportunity!
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAY 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glowing clear orange color with a small white head. Very sweet malt, honey and hops aroma. Extreme malt, honey, citrus, alcohol and hops flavors. Very thick feel, with a strong hop and alcohol bite. Extreme in every way!
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy aroma, deep amber, small white head. Absolutely hoppy flavour, but so tasty with the malt infusion. Tangy orange crispness. Well balanced, not easy at this strength. Hats off to Sam Calagione again!
Thank You jgb9348!
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Potent stuff. Not a poundable beer. One is enough. Drinking it is like trying to scale a concrete wall.
zach8270 (3882) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2008 [bottle] Pours a dark and rich amber color with a quickly disappearing white head. Very balanced aroma of hops and a slight touch of sweetness. Just to smell it you wouldn’t know it had as high an ABV as it does. Initial taste is surprisingly a blast of sweet malt rather than a hoppy punch in the face. Very sweet and creamy taste that gives way to the hoppy backbone that you know is coming. Not as bitter a hoppy finish as I was expecting, but quite delicious.
GregClow (2986) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich amber colour with a thick body and no head. The aroma and flavour are quite hoppy, of course, but it is suprisingly well balanced, with some sugary, boozy sweetness running throughout. Very interesting and quite drinkable despite the high octane alcohol and hop overload.