shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 25, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Lets begin with, "I was looking for the Holy Grail for Hopheads." Before I bash any on this fine beer, let me tell you that I was totally psyched out with all the hype that comes with this beer. This beer is sweet??? when I was expecting HOP bitterness. The alcohol bit and my now light-headedness is cool, but like I stated earlier, as far as Iím concerned, this is not an Imperial IPA. It does have the alcohol content but none of the other qualities I was looking for. Please donít get me wrong, this is a good beer and Iím glad I was able to try it, but it is not for me. With that said I will get off of here and maybe I will give her a go later and see if it is something that has to grow on me, but since I live in Idaho and it is not readily available to me, I donít know when. Cheers!
Marcgrimes72 (3) - Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2016 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely fantastic IPA! Everything about this beer is perfection. The only exception is it is only available twice a year.
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beerextreme (11) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
After the 60 minute, I had to go the 120. Hard to describe as its so big and complex with malts, sweetness and bitterness all colliding in this beer from every angle. Its complex, rich but oh so delicious. Not for the faint hearted
TheCaptMatey (207) - Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a hazy dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is a surprisingly sweet malty mix of honey, dark fruits, grassy and pine hops, and, of course, alcohol. Flavor is rich caramel, honey, and stone fruits with a bitter bite from grassy, citrus, and pine hops. This brew is a continually crosses the line between malt sweetness and bitter hops, while alcohol maintains its warm presence.
mambossa (291) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gently-hazed late-sunset-gold pour with small head. Rich dried apricot and sweet malt nose, a bit of a chemical-y note that blurs into a soapy florality. Flavor starts piney and sweet, some herbaceousness, caramel, apricot and orange. Full, viscous body. A bit more on the barleywine side than an IPA. Headache-inducing, but different than expected.
nickel (1000) - - SEP 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: pine, grass, some sweet honey notes
Taste: sweet malt and honey from the start, heavy grass and pine flavor after that.
Thick and sticky. Bitter aftertaste.
Easy drinkable as for this ABV
michcam8 (500) - Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy darkish-golden glow, with a little fluffy white head. Perfume, floral hop aroma and caramel malty overtones. Taste is sweet and malty - up front, bitter, floral hops, and slight alcohol burn. Dry, caramel malty, bitter hop finish. Feel the belly burn. This would be a one and done for me, mainly because of the price. For the abv, I find it to be a good balance of hops and malts. Overall, itís better than I expected. Would recommend to others...sure, why not.
King_Alex_II (1228) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange golden color with foam ring. Intense hoppy (liqueur) nose. Thick hoppy liqueur with a very noticeable amount of alcohol in a very decent mixture with the bitterness and carbonation, but in total a bit too much. Decent hoppy liqueur aftertaste.
anstei (1178) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - AUG 27, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A triple IPA to define standards. Intense pine aroma. Mouth is ultra heavy, thick, sticky, sweet. Pineapple, for sure and for real. Boozy, but not nearly as expected for 18% ABV. Feels like the tongue sticks to the roof of the mouth after swallowing. Ultra long super sweet finish with lots of pineapple again. A revelation indeed.
SinH4 (3100) - Garching b. MŁnchen, GERMANY - AUG 27, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2016 My 100th Imperial IPA rating. Bottle. Hazy orange color with white head. Aroma is caramel, very hoppy, canned peach, pineapples, and such. Taste is pineapples, very sweet, but very fresh at the same time, huge malt body. Medium carbonation, oily mouthfeel. I usually don?t like this amount of sweetness, but for 18 ABV, this is extremely well-balanced. In terms of ABV hiding, this is a brewing masterpiece.
Vestergaard (1696) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Pours a darkish clear amber with a small off white head. Aroma has looots of hops, caramel malts, toffee, orange, tropical hops, earthy hops, lots of malt presence, vanilla. Taste is super intense. First now i see itís 18%!? Holy fack that is well hidden in the aroma. In the taste it is more noticable, but mostly as a taste amplifier. Super bitter, super sweet, vanilla, malty, tasty. More like an extremely hoppy barley wine due to the maltiness. Average to low carbonation and a slight boozy, oily body.