kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer poors a nice amber color with a a hazy body and a small off white head. The aroma is nice, tons of floral (some pine) hopps and an underlying sweetness as well. No decernable alcohol in the aroma for me in spite of the 20% abv. The flavor is syrupy and cloying to me but strangely balanced by the intesnse hop presense. The alcohol is well masked but as a whole the sum of the parts are better than the whole of this beer. An interestng experience and worth the try but not on my repurchase list.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer??? This is much closer to a barleywine. As others have noted, this is extremely smooth for 20%, although the alcohol becomes more obvious the warmer the temperature. Very complex in taste, with a hoppy-fruity-malty presence - suprisingly weighted towards the malts. Maybe it is inevitable in the high ABV IPA brews but the honey-malt sweetness really dominates. Different, impressive and expensive. A special occasion "beer".
pilsnerrogge (2817) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber colour, very little head. Oily hop aroma with notes of marzipan. Full-bodied, sweet, oily, fruity and strong; tastes good!
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 #500 I must give this brew some big points for making a 20% brew taste so good. Pours a deep red amber with a small ivory head. I was really shocked at how sweet this brew was, the hops were there, but overwhelmed with maltiness. Tons of malt, honey, brown sugar tastes realy brought out the sweetness. I wish there could have been a lot more bitterness to really balance out the flavor a bit. This brew was still very smooth with a very thick and creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish, and not nearly a 20% alcohol flavor. Great brew to try once, but I would rather stick to the 90 min IPA.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this is a great concoction, its very very sweet, not really an IPA at all, needs a lot more hops. But the taste it so deep, full bodied to the max, honey and molasses couple with sweet hops, you can feel the alocohol hit your nostrals, 20% alcohol you can’t beat that, wow. Quite the beer.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 24, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Sampled at Stockholm Beer Festival) Pale amber small creamy head. Sweet and dense aroma of syrup with hints of tropical fruit. Syrupy sweet and heavy flavour of rotten pears, nectarines and sweetened oranges. Thick mouthfeel. Extremely sweet aftertaste of marmelade, syrup, candied peaches and pears. Small notes of grapefruity hops in the back of the tounge. Too sweet and unbalanced to impress me.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly cloudy yellow orange color with big white head. Aroma is hoppy, but sweet as well, with some pine and caramel. Flavor definitely hoppy, though not really any more so than most imperial IPAs out there. Alcohol was definitely present, but not really overpowering. Flavor was pretty sweet as well. Overall a nice brew, kind of a novelty brew, but good. I would definitely have another (shared with at least one or two others).
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange copper color with a very thin head. Aroma of hops, caramel and alcohol. The flavor is hoppy but particulary sweet, more sweet than bitter. Lingering bitter finish. Light to medium body, creamy texture. Well, I’m not particulary impressed by this one, definitely less hoppy that I thought it would be.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick syrup pouring from the bottle. Tiny bubbles struggle to reach the thin white head. Hazy orange color. Smells of apricot, pineapple and alcohol. Dense body that covers your tongue with fruit basket of flavors. Muted hop presence and bitterness. Finishes with alcohol rising into the sinus. Tastes more like a barly wine than an IPA. Hides the alcohol well. Clears as it warms.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured an orange with a small white head that left lacing on the glass.Sweet hoppy, grapefruit, and alcohol aroma. Very sweety hoppy taste with nice bitter alcohol finish. I prefer 90 minute over this.