JMerritt (1844) - 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.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 Orange/amber color. A nice little white head sticks around. Chunky lace is left behind as I drink it. This tastes like a beer liqueur. Aroma is alcaholic with some sweetness. The vapors of the aroma are rather pleasent. Itís sweet like a liqueur. I donít really get too much hoppiness. I could use a little more hops to balance out the flavor. Usually, I drink beer pretty fast, including strong imperial stouts, but Iíve been working on this for almost a couple of hours now. It tastes like it has candi sugar in it. This is really different. I think it gets better as it warms. Itís hard to rate because itís so different. I definately donít want to drink this a lot, but still is very good. I really donít know what to think. I would say that when you pour this, expect to drink a liqueur and not a beer. Itís very sticky. I like the WWS better.
Rerate 041804: Had this on tap at Obrienís last night. They were serving it up in freakin pints! I liked it much better on tap than from the bottle I had for my original tasting. On tap, it was much smoother and better balanced. Maybe it was a different batch. Rererate 080507 bottled in 2003: Necter...perfect amount of aging. Like a nice dessert wine, but a little less sweet. Kind of like a double IPA with more sweetness and less bitterness. Increased rating from 4.0 to 4.2.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 25, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Held off on opening for 4 months or so. Color was orange with white head. Sweet mixed with hoppy, very different, excellent brew. Heavy mouthfeel.
Not for the faint of heart as some reviews reveal. This deserves its own category.
Feel the warmth, find a bottle of 120 and settle in with a good movie. At 20%, its good night in no time.
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours very dark almost brown golden with a big white head that dissipates, except for a head island in the middle of my glass. Aroma is strong alcohol, strong hops, strong pine, like and IPA on steroids or something. Flavor is candy sweet and extremely mough filling. Taking a drink of this beer is like stuffing your mough full of cotton candy, only in this case your stuffing your mouth full of malt and hops and candy sugar with a finishing whack of alcohol burn when the brew hits your tummy. Very yummy.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extreme Beer Fest '04: Hazy brown with orange tinge. Aroma is hoppy (obviously) and caramel. It feels excellently malty and sweet on the tounge and then BAM it hits you with the hops. Damn this is good.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A slight chill haze yellowy-orange color, very thin white head barely lasts, but not expected really much there with the 20%. Fairly good amounts of delicately thin lacing though. Not much aroma wise, mostly some very soft butterscotch-like warmth in alcohol, seemingly malty sweet mostly with light touches of waxy fresh hops. Taste is quite warm, moderate malty sweetness mostly, a bit complex yet mild, subdued fruityness of melons and a few darkened qualities with yellow raisin and fig. Some toffee and butterscotch meld together with a schnapps-like boozy warmth. Ends with a little extra kick of warmth, somewhat port-like and/or even vinous in character. Feel is well rounded, smooth, clean, and pretty full with a little burn of booze nearer the end and has some nice lingering sweetened mixtures that come through late in the finish...ah yes more malts...and more warmth. This is a major sipper and a great warmer-upper. I can see how some would be put off by its unusual presense and unexpected character, I went in with an open mind not trying to judge it from what I knew about the long hopping process this brew has. I was either expecting something overly hoppy or heavy malted, its the later, more like a sweeter aged barleywine then anything. Quite nice.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma of alcohol and aceton. Fruity and spicy.
Spicy, sweet flavor with tones of alcohol and cinnamon rolls.
Bizarre is not better in this case. Please, donīt try something like this again.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This does not work for me. Thick condensed grapefruit juice that I find much too sweet. On a plus note I cant detect the alcohol.