Aubrey (3413) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear and medium amber with nice froth and lace. Mouthfeel seems light at times, but it foams up well, and it seems to thicken into a divine creaminess as it warms. Malts had a nice and aromatic sweetness reminiscent of Belgian candi sugar. Lesser notes of toffee and sugared toast. Hops were zingy and fitting. Alcohol was warming and comfortably positioned in the back of the throat. Cakey oak aromas, with hints of vanilla, surface in the aftertaste. Pinch of white wine, even. Very pleasant; not over-the-top by any means. Tasty stuff.
Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a beige head. Aroma of citrus hops with some malt and wood notes. Flavor of citrus hops, tangy fruit and pepper.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a bloody red/amber color, thin white head. Great hoppy barley wine aroma for some reason it just smells good to me. First sip this is a great hop tasting beer, and Iím not a hop fan, then throughout it tasted just like a barley wine fruity and sweet, citrus hops, caramel and chocolate malts, it starts like a barley wine and finishes like a stout. Very fruity and with the alcohol kick but it leaves a sweet caramel and slight chocolate taste, I would call this a barley wine, and probably the best tasting barley wine Iíve had, a lot like what was voted the #1 best beer in Florida for 2006 that I had a week ago. Itís very smooth and creamy and way too easy to drink, this is a damn good beer, I canít believe how much I like this beer for not being my style but it was also my first beer of the night and those usually taste a lot better.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color. Tastes of citrus and oak with an initial caramel taste and ends in a more bitter ipa-esque flavor. This brew is somewhat sweet but very tastey. Not really that much of a hint of alcohol, i do think this is a good beer.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting.... Clear deep amber pour with nice white head. Didnít get much hops: more malt, especially the pilsner malt; with my eyes closed, I could almost imagine sitting in a beer hall in Munich with a liter of lager. Also picked up hints of the oak. The flavor is an extension of the aroma: not much hops, lots of malt, no bitterness. Oak, sweetness, alcohol. Interesting and not horrible, but Iíd rather just have the 90 minute.
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a brownish copper,little filmy head Aroma was rich with Citrus and hop. Somewhat floral hop aroma as well. Flavor starts somewhat sweet with carmel malt and citrus up front notes of wood follows ten a fruity sweet finish
bobaidan (495) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful mohagony/amber color with a small white head. Aroma is of floral hops. Flavor is surprisingly sweet, with fruity overtones and a bitter hop backbone. The alcohol is almost completely hidden. Overall very well balanced and delicious. I usually donít enjoy IPAís, but this one has made me re-think what an IPA can be.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper pour with tight-bubbled white head that quickly rims itself. The aroma is full of fresh hops and hints of leather and wood. The flavor starts exceedingly sweet ó notes of fruits, especially orange and grapefruit and caramel ó before the bittering hops and woodiness kick in. The alcohol is forward and peppery in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Oily mouthfeel. This is interesting enough, but just doesnít seem to come together in a satisfying way as the 90 Minute does.
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
"Poured a pretty amber color with a little head. Aroma was citrus oak and something else. Flavor was perfect, grapefruits and hops. Full mouthfeel with a sweet aftertaste."
OldMrCrow (1699) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 From the bottle, at cellar temperature.
Pours a beautiful redish-orange, clear and almost oily in consistency, with a fine stream of bubbles rising from the center of my tulip glass and an abundant almost-white head.
The aroma is two of my favorite things: warm baking whole-wheat bread, and of course, fresh hops. Ah...thatís really lovely.
Unfortunately, the best part is over.
Sipping the beer, Iím hit by a caramel sweetness that comes on so intense that it overwhelms even the rich hops flavors. You get a bit of smoky bacon, and then the alcohol kicks in hard it makes its presence abundantly - almost punishingly - evident both in the mouthfeel and in the flavor. The alcohol adds a definite pepperiness to the flavor, and just as one finally thinks that the caramel and alcohol are backing off to reveal the hops underneath, along comes a cloying maple syrup sweetness - wrapped up in oak - that never really lets the hops come into their own.
After the wonderful aroma, this is a letdown. Even with a modest aroma, it would be a letdown.