GoldenCrown (18) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Despite the name's protest, its a lovely beer. An excellent balance of bitter and sweetness. Easy to drink. The aroma was, to me, like pine cones and french bread.
Uriel (146) - San Jose, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yum! Beautiful color with a slightly off white head. Sweet, but not too sweet. It balances the hops very nicely. It has some definite citrus notes. I noticed flavors very much like orange blossom honey. This stuff'll kick you ass.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 redish colored color. not much head, disappears quickly after leaving the bottle. smells sweet and has a slight smell of alcohol. DAMN. the first sip is surprisingly smooth, and then BAM hops aftertaste. bitter as hell, good as hell too. This is one bastard of a beer, and that is a good thing. Great beer!
rerate - more of just an addition on how great this beer really is. I got a 2005 bottle from Sean, and I am not sure it was kept very well because it did not impress. Garrett brought over a 2004 bottle tonight which inspired me to add notes to it. God. It tastes so fresh, to be more than 2 years old. Phenomenal beer.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - APR 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper color, like a dirty penny. Not much head, not alot in the way of lace. Aroma is funky, sweet molasses and caramel. Fruity.
Lots of hops in the flavor, big stong malt backbone underneath. Flavor notes are hop oils, toasted wheat bread, and something smoky. Very full flavored, rich full mouthfeel, this one rides along like a barley wine, nothing less. Not a strong old ale as listed. This is a barley wine, one which could use a few years in the cellar in my opinion.
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big tan head, dark brown. Complex aroma, a little of everything, roasted malts, citrus alcohol. Big hops but balanced with a bigger dark malt flavore. Not a sweet beer but a big, big beer.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hophead delight! This is a wonderfully huge balance of malt and hops. It is not as syrupy as a barley wine and the hops are delicious. I had one shortly after the 2003 release and then one last week. The hops had calmed down in my second tasting. If you are a hop lover, don't wait with these- they are fresh and fragrant out of the gate. Very classy.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 Deep mahogany colour, tight creamy head leaving a elegant sheet of lace. Aroma is caramel, floral hops. Flavour is intense hoppyness remarkably well balanced by aggressive malting. Finish is dry and a bit malty. This is a big and aggressive beer definitely designed to separate the men from the boys.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2004 Dark mahogany amber colour with a medium lasting tan head that is frothy. The nose is sweet grapefuit nose strong and crisp. The taste at first there is a sweet suggary feel then before you realize the sweetness a crisp sharp and sexy hops cut through. Then BAM again more suggary sweet. THe taste keeps going back and back again and again. IT then finishes with a bitter acidic hops. Over all= phan-frickin-tastic
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big strong citrusy hop aroma with caramel, sweet thick malt aroma. A touch of alcohol also noticeable. Dense tan head that recedes slowly and coats the sides of the glass very nicely. Roasted malts hit first followed by a quick hit of sweet caramel and then the big hop flavour. Plenty of supporting maltiness and huge bitterness. Alcohol comes to the fore toward the finish before being subsumed with hop flavour and bitterness. Long after you've finished drinking you'll still taste the lingering hops. Body is quite full with smooth creamy mouthfeel. This one is over the top in all regards. If you like big, strong, hoppy, bitter yet malty and sweet beer, this one is a must. Matter of fact, I think it's a must try although not everyone will enjoy. Though the flavour is certainly complex and interesting, I find it to have a bit too much going on which detracts from my overall enjoyment. Thanks for the trade eyedrinkale. Bottle.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong, sweet malty nose with hints of citric hops, caramel, toffee. Ruby red to brown in color, with little head. Initially sweet, with a creamy mouthfeel, and nice notes of toffee and oranges, cherries and chocolate. Finishes intensely bitter. What imperial IPAs are supposed to be.