JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Do not drink this cold! Sweet alcohol and aromas straight out of a hop extraction plant, Alpha heaven (or hell if you are not hops oriented). Orange citrus nose. Thick amber liquid with a head that look like the eye in Lord of the Rings after a 10 minutes or so. Just a lid of very tiny cream colored bubbles. Start with a pine sap flavor then the sweetness follows quickly, and lots of it. Overripe fruit galore, including bananas, pineapple, and raisins. Thick in near oily in feel. Corn syrup flavors tend to build as you continue. Perhaps the senses are getting numbed and shutdown. But it does seem to getting cloying and nearly unbearable towards the end. Still as a malt liqueur, I would enjoy 4 to 6 oz. a night.
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear honey/amber color, thin white and non-lasting head. aroma is piney hops and and a nasal stinging sensation from the alcohol. there are a few slight caramelly notes in the aroma. flavor is very very sweet, but at the same time, there is a puckering effect from the hops. this beer is really really good, but different from what i expected. the high alcohol and the malts to me win the day and that isnt what i want from my IIPA.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep amber, with a thin white foamy head. very little carbonation. Aroma is strong. Almost portish, except for the strong hop aroma. Very sweet and syrupy. Caramelish. Lingering sweetness, with a dry finish. Burns on the way down. I think I am half drunk from drinking this. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste, though. But it's noticable. Overall it's a really nice beer. I am aging a few bottles to see how this beer mellows.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good amber color,medium sized head that managed to stay around for a decent time leaving a nice lace behind.Sweet aroma with a fairly strong alcohol and hops presence.The taste was kind of harsh IMO,sweet for sure,syrupy and highly alcoholic and the hops seem a bit subdued from all the alcohol,but there are points in the tasting that it seems to some what come together.But over all it doesn't do much for me except give a major buzz.Whether ageing will help this brew i don't know,Maybe.But for now as young and strong as it is i have to pass on having a lot of these around.Just way to much of a good thing.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Sweet nose. Very sweet with a slight alcohol burn - yes, in the nose! Very clear orange with quickly disipating off white head. I agree with other raters saying it is syrupy. That and I don't get much of the 120 IBU's. Only slightly do I notice the alcohol in the flavor. Almost reminds me of a British barleywine. Typically there is nothing wrong with that, but this is an IPA! Odd, but very drinkable for something 40+ proof! Thanks to iwantalambic for this Secret Santa offering!
3fourths (8343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2012 Deep orange and clear with a suprisingly big white head. Subtle sweet aroma, slightly soapy and light. Drinking this thing is a task. Extrememly thick and immediately sweet and puckery on the first sip. Hits the mouth with the most overpowering sweet maltiness and sweet peach flavor imaginable. I’d hardly call this thing beer... seems like an experiment that went horribly wrong. Barely drinkable, so for this it loses points. The bittering hops do their job near the finish, thrusting your head into one of those "jaw kinks" that you get when you bite a pickle. This stuff is upsetting my stomach.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color on the pour a lightly hazed deep copper with a rather smallish head that is spumescent in texture and the color a light tan as the lace forms it creates a thick and sticky sheet to smother the glass. Whoa Nellie! Nose big time hop floral, sweet malt, fusel alcohol, just from the nose you know this is going to be one bad assed beer. Start is devastatingly sweet with a thick malt profile and the top all rich and full in its feel to the palate. Finish is lenient in its acidity, the hops robust and delightful in their bite, but the alcohol rules the day, aftertaste somewhat alcohol bitter, vinous and desert dry with the hops, sweetness and alcohol all lingering on to the very end, what a “Hoot”, I thank my good buddy , The_Tsunami for this bottle.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been waiting to try this one for a long time. Finally found it in my area. Pours a golden color with very little head, but adequate amount of carbonation and it doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet and strong with hops. The alcohol and a strangely strong aroma also come from the beer. The taste is far from what I was expecting. It starts out extremely sweet/tart then smoothes out and leaves the taste of many fruits (and alcohol) in your mouth. The flavor is incredibly complex and enjoyable after you become accustomed to it. For a 20% abv, they hide the percentage really well.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I fear with aging this would only get even sweeter, not more mellow. Grapefruit and some floral hop aromas, in great abundance. Hi alch burn. Syrupy and sweet - hop liquer, someone said? Sure but I think there's some sweetish malt too. Hard to tell. What an experience! Thanks to BHB one last time!
crazyvin (2019) - New York, USA - DEC 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great amber color too it and strong hoppy aroma. I was quite disappointed in the flavor. I found the sweet candy like inital taste to be too overpowering. The hops where present, but was covered the intial sweetness. A good beer too age.