jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2009 2009-01-24. Hazy golden amber body with a nice foamy off-white head and lacing. Massively hoppy aroma, sweet orange and tangerine citrus hops, mild sweet malt base. (8+) Flavour is primarily sweet citrusy hops, sweet sugary malt base, lightly astringent bitterness in the finish is brief. Lingering sweet citrus in the aftertaste. Smooth medium to full bodied palate. Yumm! 9/4/9/4/17-19 - 4.4 Tap at Coles Rare Beer Fest, Buffalo
December 2007. Bottle. Murky amber-copper body. Big aroma of hops, melange of fruit, citrus. Hops dominate throughout the flavour, moderate but omnipresent bitterness in the flavour is balanced by sweet citrus, caramel. (7+) Smooth full palate is less syrupy than I remember, not very carbonated. (3+) Pretty nice. 8/3/7+/3+/17 - 3.9
May 2004. Bottle. Hops and alcohol leap from the glass into your nose. Syrupy mouth feel is actually quite nice. Ridiculously deceptive in hiding its alcoholic content, and is dangerously drinkable, with the hops balancing nicely with the sweet alcohol. I sink into this one deliriously falling for its seduction. Thanks Jeremy USA! 8/3/9/4/18 - 4.2
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - MAY 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Initial syrupy texture with a good amount of hops. The hops however are masked by the sweetness of the alcohol. Leaves a sticky feel on the lips after a citrus and floral flavor. It’s really a lot like liquor, even in the aroma, which is half hops half liquor.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz 2003 bottle: poured a nice deep golden color. small white creamy head. smells sweeeeeet. not like bodacious but, sweet like candy. not very hoppy aroma at all either. well, very hoppy, but i think the sweet fruity nose covers the hops too much. tastes somewhat hoppy, but not in a bitter (read good) way. thick, sticky mouth feel, overall, the sweetness is to overpowering.
DanielBrown (4373) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at Lucky Baldwins, Pasadena. Very hoppy aroma - plesantly herbal. Slight amber colouring, with a bubbly, fluffy head. Egad! this is a stern test... Very hoppy, aggressively so, and sweet in equal measure. The flavours gyrate and put knives through my tongue. Warming alcohol on the finish. I was wincing through this - it blew my feeble mind. (NB: at the time of drinking I had no idea this was 20%, I thought about 7-8% was a good guess...)
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber color with virtually no head. Spicey, sweet smells with hints of citris. How to describe the taste. Sweet start, hints of spices, then grapefruit and finishes slightly bitter. Syrupy body. Not what I was expecting (sweeter and less bitter) but not bad.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Golden brown with a thin suds ring head. Big, Big aroma alcohol hop scents, super ripe fruit, almost port or wine aromas, underlying floral pine notes. Super sweet not much hop flavor, sugary sweetness hides the appricot and pear fruit flavors. Syrupy thick and warming on the way down. Not bad, not great just different. Give me a 90 min.
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 (34246) - 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.