michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Hoppy aroma with lots of oak and caramel and a bit of alcohol. Poured a perfect amber color with a small, off-white head that diminished. Very small lacing. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is quite sweet. Tastes of oak, brown sugar, caramel, and some hops. Not as bitter or hoppy as I had expected. Medium body. Tingly mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Long, malty but lightly bitter finish.
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from the Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI. Pours a deep ruby brown brew with a thin white head. Aroma has herbal hops, caramel, some brown sugar, vanilla and sweet Hawaiian style bread. Taste is on the dry side with a pine/citrus finish. Alcohol is a bit on the wee-heavy side.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Another that I would classify as a beer that, after the first sip, I want to stick my face in. I thought this beer was excellent. Just a beautiful pour, deep copper with red highlights, and a fluffy whit head that lasted. Very malty and sugary and but balanced very nicely. Thick mouthfeel and a slick, velvety finish.
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 The aroma is peach, citrus, caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon. The appearance is a cloudy amber, off white head. The flavor is just like the aroma, more oak-y perhaps, more vanilla. The finish has a boozy warming, pine, citrus. Medium in body, slight;l thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very good.
waolsen (1375) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. copper pour with rising bubbles to creamy off white head. great malty aroma with citrus hops and oak aroma. medium body, caramel sugar, candy sugars, some dark fruit, citrus hops. very sweet and sugary. bitterness in sugary finish.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
almost a drain pour..absolutely cloying in every manner..smells like an old, dead IIPA that is way to heavy in sugar and malt...an almost offensive flavor that is much to sweet..sugar, sugar, sugar, honey,sugar,sugar,sugar.....blech...if i had this again i would pour this shit outside during the summer to collect moths...
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Clearish copper body, thin, almost non-existent off-white head. Strong aroma of piney hops, oak, and alcohol. The body was almost sickly sweet with an overabundance of sugars, overwhelming the bitter, citrusy hops. Sugar, oak, and alcohol do not a great beer make. Cloying and highly disappointing.
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very sweet and complex, copper in color and an off white head. Probably will get better with age
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
copper body, with a slightly off white head, mild lacing. Really sweet, actually too sweet. Strong caramel, vanilla, and sugar cane notes with some subtle oak notes. Some hops at the end. Alcohol was wickedly hidden. Good beer, could have been less sweet. Maybe some aging can mellow this out.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not what I expected. Very sweet, with rich and creamy, caramel malt body. Very heavy bodied with somewhat heavy carbonation. Almost Port wine like in with its lingering sweet finish. Where did they put the hops in this drink? Bitterness is drowned out by the malty sweetness, however small grapefruit notes are present. There are lots of peach and fig as well. Very complex but not what one would expect from a IIPA - it tastes more like an American Strong Ale - earily similiar to the Arrogant Bastard Ale by Stone. As much as I can complain about the nomenclature (I was really jonesing for a solid IIPA) this is a fantastic brew. Alochol well hid. Pick one up if you see it.