rauchbier (3610) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle, GBBF2003. Shared with BeerLimey, Duff, Nuffield, SilkTork, and Spiesy. Syrupy bronze liquid, low hop aroma, lots of fruity sweet malt and nose stripping alcohol. Much too sweet and alcoholic in the mouth and thick sweet and syrupy finish. Over strong, over priced and too big a bottle for one to handle alone
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - AUG 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. caged & corked bottle. No expiration date, but then again, none is needed. 2003 original batch. $14.70 at a local spot. Poured out a bright amber color, with a massive, rocky, lumpy head. The head slowly subsided to a thick mat of lace on the top of the beer.
Aromas are mostly of sweet caramel malts, and alcohol. Spicy hops make an appearance towards the end.
Tastes very sweet. Not fully attentuated yet. Very viscous, and thick bodied. Granted, there was a lot of malts used in making this beer, but I believe the yeast died out before it had finished it's job.
Very warming to the belly upon swallowing. Coats the tongue well, almost like cough syrup. A fair beer at best right now, it may age into something wonderful...in 10 years.
This bad boy definitely needs about a decade of good aging before it'll be ready to enjoy.
Racegoer (353) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured in to a cloudy dark peach haze. Aroma is that of medium alcohol and mild hops with some underlying citrus. Mouthfeel is thick syrupy, alcohol is evident, flows down easier than D extra. Raisins,alcohol some more raisins, and then figs grapes and loads of sticky sugar.This beer sticks to the palate. More Barleywine than IPA. Warming increases the flavour.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I drank this from the bottle at the GBBF and thought I'd had it before so only took brief notes. Real hoppy challenging aroma, piney, citrussy. Sweet biscuity malts, shortbread, strong grapefruit citirc finsh.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours clear amber with a small head and tiny little bubbles. aroma of grapefruity hops, flowers, berries and caramel. super syrpuy mouthfeel almost like a beer/port hybrid. starts fruity with pineapple and citrus, moves into big hops and alcohol, though surprisingly for the beer's ibu and abv, neither is overpowering. quite good and a different kind of beer, better than the 90, not quite as good as the 60.
Kinz (3292) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoah. I'm still feeling this one. Clear amber in appearance, rapidly diminishing head. The nose was of a mixture of hops with a malt underpinning. The flavor caught me off guard. Initially sweet malts (surprisingly so for the color of the beer), followed by a hop invasion, filled with spruce, a touch of earth, and flowers. Nice. Then someone chucked a shot of Everclear into the mix. Wow, that really stood out, almost pure alcohol. As my tongue and I became more numb, the grain alcohol shot subsided and the beer became rather enjoyable. Challenging and interesting. Thank you Gib for this bottle, may you one day see the light and join this web site.
duffman24 (6) - USA - JUL 23, 2003 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
great flavor, beer is defintely super concentrated with flavor, hops and of course alcohol.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2004 Great Ipa. Hoppy, plum, and smokey malt flavor. Finishes creamy, crisp, and clean.
jsquire (3468) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy orange with an amazing nose of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and rubbing alcohol. Heavily perfumed and heavily syruped flavors, maybe a little too heavy. Tons of sweet and tons of hops. I can't wait to try a bottle after its sat for a year.
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Last of my tastings on the xxminute IPA line. For note that everything about this brew is excessive, big hops, big malt, big aroma, big taste, big alcohol, and of course, big money. Beautiful multicolored hue of brown, red and amber. No head to speak of but one wasn't really expected either, an oily ring on top. Massive aroma that borders on a vintage port with pine hops mist. Raisin, molasses, nut, grape, vanilla, and earthy. I expected a attack of woody hops but found the taste to be vinous in nature with a cleanizing bite on the finish, warming but the alcohol didn't dominate till near the end of the bottle. Oily and soft mouthfeel, full-bodied with a slight alcoholic feel. For all the outstanding qualities, the sum is still less than the parts. Overall I found this IPA/Strong Ale/Barley Wine to be good but not great.