HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the Flying Saucer in Ft. Worth. Deep amber pour with minimal head. Aroma of fruits, malts and hops. First taste was malts and honey followed by grassy hops. Syrupy sweet and lip smacking good. I really thought this was more of a barley wine style than IIPA.
Willin8 (55) - Massapequa, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber. Aroma jumps at your nose with hoppy, oakey notes. Flavor is oak, honey, hops, and a bit of malt. Mouthfeel is very round and syrupy. Honey overtones more apparent in finish. A delicious beer but the only bad thing is that I donít think itís appropriate to drink en masse.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2010 Sample #1 3/11/2007: The beer pours a deep amber with an off-white head. The aroma is very sweet and malty, with a touch of earthy hops hiding in there. The flavor is extremely sweet. From the description I was expecting it be very hoppy (the label called it an Imperial IPA, and Warrior and Glacier hops are monstrously bitter hops, and it was dry-hopped, too). But the result is a classic barleywine - very malty, with only enough hops to provide balance. Much sweeter than I was expecting, but still good overall. The mouthfeel is thick and full. The finish is full-bodied with sticky malts lingering in the after-taste. A good barleywine, but it would have been even better with a little more hops. (7,4,6,4,14)
Sample #2 4/8/2010: 12oz. bottle. Pours a hazy amber brown with gold highlights and a thin off-white head that leaves thin streaks of lace across the glass. Aroma is a nice combination of honey, tangy malts, and grassy and citrusy hops - apparently, hoppier than I noted the first time. It is sweet in the nose, but with enough hops to balance. The flavor follows the nose: starts bittersweet with pleasant resiny hop flavors blended into a sweet maltiness like honey-covered toast. Earthiness and funkiness in the hops grows slightly towards mid-palate where the malt backbone is huge and sweet and the hop bite is firm and nicely bitter. The finish is moderate - not dry, not full - with a resiny bittersweet honey-like aftertaste. Iíd still contend that itís more like an American Barleywine than an Imperial IPA, but it is nevertheless a delicious beer. It seems much better balanced this time around. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a wonderful levity and frothiness added by the bubbles. Overall, a very tasty beer. (8,4,8,5,16)
Final score is an average of the above two samples.
DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a super sweet nectar of a beer. The pour is beautiful, and the aroma follows in strength and appeal. But the taste was a bit too sweet for myself. It was totally not what I expected. Still very enjoyable in its own right, but not what Iíd think of. Sugary, fruity (some citrus), and a little woody.
Hopicide (11) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight lacing atop golden amber body. Notes of pineapple, fruit cocktail, and mango in nose. Syrupy blend of fruit and oak. Some bitterness wards off under-attenuation. Hops lost in aging and this makes for a muddled finish. Interesting idea, but falls short on execution.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear amber color with a thin and creamy white head. Aroma is very oaky with hints of orange, sugar, and citrus. Flavor is very sweet and oaky, with a very light touch of hops, caramel, sugar, and a bitter middle. Very sweet, almost too sweet, at the finish and very warming. Chewy and syrupy.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz Bottle @ Coles Buffalo NY. I donít usually like the aoky vanilla flavored beers. This is pretty smooth & not over bearing with it. Enjoyable
bitbucket (2164) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark copper with a lacy pale yellow head. Sweet fruit aroma, oranges, white grapes. Full, almost syrupy body. Sweet alcoholic taste, with fruit and caramel. Lots of interesting little taste notes floating around: candi sugar, sherry, wood. Oaky vanilla on the finish.
Nephilium (1628) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 The aroma of this beer is a sweet, oaky aroma with an underlay of citrus hops. It pours a reddish amber, with a nice off-white head. Definitely not what I was expecting taste wise, it is a sweet beer, with an underlying oak and apple flavoring, and just a bit of hops at the end. Long finish on it, and the alcohol is very well hidden. An interesting beer, but not worth the cost in my opinion. I do have several bottles cellared, and will re-rate when they are opened. (Cellared bottle) The oak notes have faded a bit, sweetness and vanilla have strengthened up in the aroma. The hops have completely fallen out. It pours the same, but the flavor has gone much sweeter. Not a fan of this one even after the aging.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Clear garnet/orange with a frothy cream colored head. Spotty lacing. Oak, vanilla, caramel, toast, alcohol, orange and peach aromas. Very sweet rock candy, toffee and orange flavors. Moderately hoppy bitter/spice finish. Overly sugared, almost cloying. Iím sure all the hops are there, but they seem smothered in all this syrupy sweetness.