Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark red color with a decent sized head. The aroma is strongly of sweet malt and not too unlike a barley wine. The flavors are intense and very full. Toffee, caramel, and sweet malt. A surprising hop bitterness finishes it all off. Certainly different, but very enjoyable.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
whoa what an ale, this is fantastic rich,strong body with fruity tones definately strong and not for the light hearted but for the person who enjoys a good beer,here it is bottoms up
Panzuriel (1293) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very strong beer. I think that itís technically a liqueur or if itís not it should be. Very tasty Bitter and sweet at beginning with bitterness fading at the end of the bottle. Sweetness staying strong, maybe a little too strong throughout the end. Great texture and aroma. Very intense and not a good beer for beginners.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
wow. This one is loaded with complex flavor. Lots of enjoyable sweet flavors of pine, fig and molsassas-like notes. This is like a winter ale and should be sipped to be thoroughly enjoyed.
jazz88 (2546) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Rating #1 Bottle (8 4 8 4 18). A rich mahogany with a laced light brown head. The nose releases a forest of dark fruits, malts, pine, and sweet sugars. A thick coating body that releases the flavors in a long drawn out burst. Rating #2 Bottle (8 4 8 4 18). A red mahogany color with a lush light brown head. An assertive nose and impressive flavor. Such a great full-bodied beer with loads of hops.
herbsmoker99 (11) - Lakeside, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
best beer iíve ever had!!!!!!!!
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 8, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2001 version Deep ruby color. Medium head. Aroma is malty with a hint of brown sugar and fruit. WOW!! This is one %#)$ of a big beer. A FULL Bodied Strong Ale. Big and Bold. This beer’s malts and hops reach out and grab you places you may not what to be grabbed. Flavor is full and complex. Brown sugar, molasses, hop spiciness, grapefruit and .. are all here, and assault your taste buds. This is one kick-ass beer. Not for the timid. Taste is thick, somewhat chewy and a little high alcohol oily. Mouthfeel is full, round and expansive. Finish is clean and surprisingly smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and warming. The 10% alcohol gets to you after a bit, nice and warming. AMAZING beer, not for everyone, most will “NOT BE WORTHY” ..
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 22 oz capped bottle (2002 release, fresh): Sweet sugar plums dance from an off white head that rests atop a deep garnet body. Hints of brown sugar and raisins entice the taste buds to dive in further and just when you reach the edge of sweetness, hops mix with some spice. . . then, just as you feel you may have this one figured out, the alcohol slams you in the face and reminds you who is in charge. . . The Double Bastard. . .then I wonder - is that so bad? 8/4/8/4/16
22 oz capped bottle (2004 release, sampled December 2005): voluminous tan marshmallow head that slowly diminishes and leaves a lattice work of sticky lace. Dark caramel candy aroma with hop resin and astringent grapefruit esters. Brilliant, clear ruby-plum. Smooth, though thick mouth feel with hop grist and pulverized pine needles tickling the tongue. I think that I liked the fresher sample a bit better Ė more flavours and not quite as sour or bitter. 7/3/7/4/14
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 edition.Aroma is like smelling a grapefruit. First sip is a hop assault but somehow there is enough malt to level it a little bit. Balance itís not but it helps.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2005 Itís an amazing beer beer. My wife likes lagers, she thought it was too "hoppy". I like hops and I thought it was pretty good, but I wished there were a little more "hops". In retrospective, I think its a big beer with both plenty of hops and malt. I hope more comes this way. Cheers!