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 (3861) - 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 (2976) - 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.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 Pours an orange color with very little head. Aroma is very sweet smelling with some alcohol burn. I don’t notice any hop aroma which is surprising. Alcohol is very well hidden is the taste considering it’s 21%. Lots of sweet fruit flavor. Pineapple, peach, candy, and some hop bitterness.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is an amazing beer. Beautiful orange glow with just a hint of cloudiness. The aroma is that of a tropical margarita (tequila) and butterscotch. The flavor reveals dates, necterines and a citrusy butterscotch. The hops was quite tame under the sweet, sweet malts. The palate was chewy and smooth with a muted liquor finish. The whole experience is flavor packed and enjoyable. I nominate this beer as the flagship of American Strong Ales and certainly prefer it to the Arrogant Bastard. This is not a beer, it is a work of art.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too extreme to be called beer. Poured cloudy yellow-orange with a minimal off-white head. This beer had a very grainy malt aroma with some caramel and floral hops. Flavor is very sweet and malty with plenty of piney and slightly citrusy hops balance. Somewhat tangy. The alcohol presence is amazingly subdued, yet the extreme malt suggests its presence. Nicely balanced even in the presence of such sweet malt.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW!! This is an amazing brew. Aroma just never stops, sweet with those hops smashing some bitter floral tones into your nose. Pours a hazy yellois-orange with a frothy head that laces the glass perfectly. Flavor is much sweeter that I had expected and the alcohol makes itself well known. (kinda expected with 20%) Finish is sweet again with enought of those massive hops to leave you ready for another swallow. Dangerously easy to drink. Word of caution be careful this one will creap up and hit you over the head while your sleeping.