beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangey-copper w/frothy white head. Plenty of alcohol on nose and some citrus too. Fruity and warming to drink - alcohol is obvious but surprisingly not completely overpowering. Same goes for the bitterness - not as much as expected or too much to handle. Lots of alcohol in the dry bitter-sweet finish. Thanks radiomgb for bringing this one to share. Made a strong finish to our DFH 60/90/120 night.
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange/copper in colour. Aroma of alcohol, pepper, pine and citrus. Flavour of alcohol, quite sweet, hoppy but not as much as I expected. Full bodied and seemed somewhat unbalanced. A few years in the cellar would definitely do this beer some good. Finishes with a huge alcohol bitterness. Thanks for the beer Clark.
joet (2332) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
WOW! Honey, sweet, amazing bitter, sour, awesome, is this phenolic? something medicinal, the alcohol and sugar is taxing but it's effort rewarded by this amazing brew.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a very strong brew with lots of hoppy flavor. I'm a big lover of double IPA's but this style is not my cup of tea. Very earthy tasting with lots of potentcy
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow!!! This beer has a great fruity aroma, though strongly accented by alcohol. Flavor is a strong citrus-hops that is quite well balanced by the malt. A distinct sweetness prevails. A strong, interesting, and drinkable beer.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Jeez, 20.04%!?!? Ridiculous! What a dangerous beer, I DON'T taste that much alcohol at all. It's not an overhopped IPA either, it has a strong malty backbone to compliment the sweetness and citric flavors that dominate throughout the whole thing. An almost gueze-ish like finish, with a nectarine-like mouthwatering finish. Spectacular.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Murky, pale yellow colour, sitting menacingly in the glass, obviously powerful but more noble and distinguished than its little brothers, the 60 & 90 minute IPA’s. Still brutally hopy like the other two but more mellow and smooth. There seems to be a better balance in this beer, although I’m not sure if it’s the contents that have reached a higher state of Zen or whether it’s time that gives this beer its nobility. Still a hell of a lot of hop in one glass. It probably took me the best part of an hour to drink it.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a nice coppery color into a brandy snifter. Light carbonation. Smelled sort of like hopped madeira would smell like; sweet but with a powerful nose of alcohol (and obviously hops, in this case). Flavor was very sweet up front, mouthfeel was huge and almost chewy, and the hops surprisingly subdued given the IBUs. Finish was ever lingering, and was somewhat alcoholic with a subtle burn in the back of the throat, and consisted mostly of powerful yet balanced hops and sweetness. Very well done given the hugeness of it all.
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2004 If you’re not sure what a ‘hop’ tastes like, then run and buy this beer and drink it... Now you know what hops taste like. The most amazing colour, deep amber/gold, a good amount of head on it w/ the proper pour, pretty amazing considering the ABV. Not a beer to drink quickly! Slow down, get comfy in that lazy boy and start sipping. This beer is a journey, start at cellar temp and finish at room temp. Fruitiness dominates throughout, slightly sweet but not tiny or bright like some sweet beers, no this is deep, dark and complex. The ABV is amazing hidden, be careful with this one it can and will hurt you if not treated w/ respect! A most try for all beer lovers, IPA lovers in specific.
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep copper with a thin off white head.
Smells of alcohol, fruit, alcohol, apricots, alcohol, peaches, etc.
Taste is like a blend of braggot and cyser so an apple honey beer. The apple and fruit flavors play heavy just floating on top of that alcohol monster lingering beneath.
The mouthfeel is great, heavy, and full.
Drinkability is low around sippability but not for lack of flavor rather just too heavy.