SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
More balanced in flavor than I thought it would be. Very sweet and bitter, with (who would have thought) a nice alcohol presence. Expensive and novel, but surprisingly enjoyable as well.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very strong nose. I could smell this one from across the room. Pine and alcohol aromas. Clear golden/amber color body with a off-white head. Very friggin sweet. Taste more like a barleywine than an ipa. Barely any hops present in the taste. Still a tasty beer but definately not what I had expected. A bit pricey too at $12 a 12 oz. bottle.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Nice deep amber color with small white head. Smell is of hops/syrup/alcohol. Taste is somewhat sweet/syrupy(sp)/malty and finishes with a big hop bitterness. Overall for 20%abv I expected it to be stronger tasting, but it was not so bad. Good stuff I will have to get it again.
Ungstrup (30683) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A clear dark orange beer with a small beige head. The aroma is sweet and dominated by alcohol but also with notes of caramel and portwine. The flavor is very sweet, but to my suprise not with much hops in the flavor just a hoppy dryness in the end. The alcohol is very present in the flavor - so much, that it almost burns your tongue. Not at all what I expected, but still a very nice beer.
jazz88 (2613) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Amber color with a laced off-white head. Amazing flavor and completely unexpected. Extremely sweet, spice aroma, sugar infused, hops bursting from the seams. What is this thing?
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Now this is a beer. Spice/ grapefurit aroma poured a clear red amber. Taste was complex, started sweet with some grapefurit and then a little alcohol. Grapefruit again with sweetness and then alcohol and then sweet again followed by alcohol and then grapefruit at the finish with a slight burn.
Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color with red tint under light. The aroma is hops...just hops...period. The taste is initially hops with a sweet aftertaste that is actually better-balanced than one expects. Slow, tiny bubbles and a typical light and lacy head.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a large head that quicly receded to a small coating on the surface. Aroma was citrusy, fruity, and spicy - and you can definitely smell the high alcohol content. Very smooth and creamy feel. This is very sweet for an IPA. While the bitterness is present, I don’t taste 120 IBUs. The taste is spicy and sweet, and while the alcohol is detectable, it doesn’t overpower the flavor in my opinion. The finish is much shorter than many IPAs. Overall, this seems closer to a Barley Wine or a Mead than an IPA. Still, it is a very pleasant brew, and there is nothing quite like it that I have found. As far as IPAs go, DFH 90 minute is still my pick.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured thickly, a hazy orangey-amber color with a moderate off-white head that diminished fairly quickly. Aroma is sweet, but with a nice full cascade hop smell. Flavor is very sweet - almost citrus liquer-like and a little cloying for me. Definite hop finish and though the alcohol is noticible it's well balanced for a 20% monster. Thick, syrupy body and minimal carbonation. Certainly one that I wanted to experience, but combining price, sweetness and alcohol level, not one that I'll seek out again soon.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
4/25/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Times Wine in Costa Mesa, CA 4/23/04. Pours a dark golden amber, extremely syrupy looking with a fluffy but rocky and somewhat diminishing off-white head. Lacing is very good, and this beer just looks decadent. The aroma confirms-- you're in for a ride. Slight hint of whiskey with the apparent alcohol, and just a rich, caramelly hop syrup scent all around. Not as strong as I'd hope for, but the aroma is wonderfully complex. First sip, the ride begins-- ridiculously rich, sweet hops and slight porty flavors, alcohol and kayo syrup. A little oversweet, perhaps, but I definitely likes. Mouthfeel is super-full and so thick it almost feels like you're eating it. Finish show the alcohol as well as the hops, but it's definitely not as interesting as the 90-minute. Quite an ass-kicker, this beer-- you drink it and feel almost immediately everything that it has to offer, but it's very pleasureful if you can dig it. I definitely can. Hard to drink it in large quantities, although I knocked down a 12 oz. in the same sitting as a bottle each of the 90- and 60-minutes. I think it's not as elegant as the 90-minute, but still a damn fine and certainly amazing, over-the-top beer. Rich and decadent, it has many of the properties I look for in a special occasion beer. Buyer beware! You cannot handle this beer.