muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle, at the Map Room, Chicago, December 2003. I really do not get the high ratings on this one, not at all. Honey light, no head, syrupy-looking. Hints of citrusy hops, mostly honey in the nose, kind of weak. Flavor/palate is all honey and Karo syrup, with just a tiny touch of rather chemical bitterness to finish. At first I thought, as the WWS is the port wine of beers, this is kind of like a nutty liqueur; but the amaretto hints I found didn't stick, and at the end I'd have to say, "this is the mead-flavored cotton candy of beers." That is not a compliment. I would never have this again, it gets most of its points for creativity, but crazy hop-throwing and high alcohol alone do not a great beer make.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Full of flavor, was suprised to find out how strong it was, but afer drinking it quickly understood.
steview (1030) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sweet and slightly fruity, sticky nose. barely pours a thick, still, and white and
frothy head. bronze straw body. the tight bubbles struggle to reach the top. wow,
the first drink seems incredibly smooth. slightly sweet and smooth, but then no longer than a second in my mouth the hop swiftly drowns in an undertoad of over-the-top maltiness, excessively immoderate sweetness, which leads a
miniscule alcohol bite. after i swallow i'm left with a slightly thick, sweet, alcohol, and tingly... after awhile it's just smooth and slightly sweet, lip licking. OK! the hops have
drowned! it needs more bittering and hop character. i expect more hop presence in
an IPA. needs less alcohol and it is indeed a bit too sweet. you have to be brave to drink this with nothing. i like it, but for me it's just a bit too over-the-top. this is not the holy grail for hopheads.
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Definitely a unique experience, but I paid $8.99 for a 12 oz bottle of this stuff and won't do it again. Very malty for a beer with 120 IBU's, as you might expect to generate 20% ABV. The 90 minute is a much better beer--this is just too over the top.
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2003
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bottled brew marked 03 04 05 poured a small head of finely sized off-white colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a softly carbonated transparent light brown colored body and a fair lace. The aroma mildly hopped with caramel overtones. The mouthfeel is thick inititally biting and finished with an unexpected smoothness. Very nice flavor for an IPA with strong hops, caramel, thick malt. A wonder full brew for an IPA I am impressed. Very good and highly reccommended.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2004 Much awaited. 60 and 90 were good. 120 that much better? Not to me. Amber body under white head. Fruity aroma. An unusual, strong flavor. Good, but did not live up to expectations.
On second thought:
Had this again at a beer tasting and it was delicious. Don't know why. Definitely a good one.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
So I was expecting this undrinkable hop juice with an overpowering alcohol bite. What I found was anything but. The alcohol was well concealed. The texture was somewhat syrupy. Very hoppy, but not so much that you give the stink eye or anything. Other than the price, I would have again, for shizzle.
mmhnto (31) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a beer to start the day with. Pleasant hop aroma. Almost cloying malt sweetness. Slight alcohol burn, but the hops hide it well. I knew this was high alcohol, but didn't realize it was 21% until checking the Dogfish Head website. Wow. Is this an IIPA or a barleywine?
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very smooth for ACL. content. Stong hoppy scent but taste was subtly sweet
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong hop aroma with some malt in the background. The taste had a lot more malty sweetness than I expected. There is a large hop bitterness and flavor but the malt sweetness dominates the flavor. It was out of balance and could use more bittering hop to balance the cloying sweet malt flavor. I like the 90 min much better.