ZiggyG (131) - Gladstone, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bottle. Pours dark amber with very little head, lacing around the edges. Little bubbles slowly rise from the depths of this brew. The nose is a wonderful sweet sour with a familiar memory invoking component that I canít put my finger on but it smells great. Its like candied apple and raisins mixed with sour malt. When you take a sip the first thing you notice is strong sweet malts as it washes to the back of your throat you notice the alcohol warmth and the hoppy bite. The hops are well integrated and donít come through much on the tongue but they are definitely there at the back of the tongue and they mean business. The hops bite lingers for 30 seconds or more after the drink. The mouthfeel is very full and thick with low carbonation. The entire mouth is well coated taking the sensation to every square inch of mouth surface. Very, very good beer.
P.S. That smell reminds me of the smell of Unibroue brews must be a yeast thing.
ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overwhelmingly hoppy in all departments. So much so that itís hardly bitter. Instead it taste like sweet sweet nectar from the Gods. Perfection.
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ok I for one think that this beer is not good at all. It tastes like Molson Triple X which tases of cabage water. Anyway you really have to like strong aleís to like this beer, so donít go spend a dime unless your sure. Good aroma was its one saving quality.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opened up one of my 2009 and 2011 bottles with friends. This years is still the amazing beast it has always been. Nose is heavy on the grapefruit and citrus notes. Taste is sweet caramel upfront that quickly fades in a sea of citrus hop goodness. Just a great beer. The two year old bastard is quite different. The hops have dissapeared from the aroma. Instead the caramel dominates. Flavorwise the beer has morphed into a malt monster. The hops are still present enough for balancing, but their flavor is quite diminished. Almost reminds me of some belgian strong ales but without the spice. Interesting to have the two side by side.
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a foggy burnt amber, with half a finger of blond white head, of which leaves a fair amount of lacing. Nose is of nutty grains, semisweet malts, and faint juniper - little to no beta acids. Taste starts with sweet, caramel malts, and pine nuts, followed by a bouquet of crisp, earthy, floral hops, with a faint pine-wood finish. Very high alpha acid on the finish also. The 11% ABV is completely covered. Body is full, and sticky.
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour.Dark brown with a good beige head.Nose is all hops and malt with citrusy hints.Taste was a malt/hop punch in the mouth.Very strong but drinkable.Like this very much.
dunn4040 (128) - Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a murky orangish-red with a decent off-white head. Aroma is slightly boozy, nuts, dark fruits, brown sugar, and some hops. Bold flavor that kicks you right in the taste buds. Roasted nuts, malts, a hint of sweetness, and a surge of hop bitterness to keep you humble. This beer packs a punch at 11.2 percent and they do not hold back with the flavor profile. There really is not mistaking that you are drinking a very strong beer. Sometimes, thatís exactly what you need though.
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into a large bomber glass. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a nice thick yellowish-tan head that leaves behind some lacing. Aroma is extremely hoppy. Taste is full burst of hops, with some sweet maltiness, and a lingering taste of alcohol. Slightly less than average carbonation, but leaves the palate cleanly. Wonderfully crafted big beer.
alcoholica (128) - Dublin, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Red in color Small head. Some many different aromas that it is hard to pinpoint what they are. Very powerful beer 3 of the 25 oz. beers could knock you on your ass. Extremely malty and sweet with a very bitter bite. This is one hell of a beer.
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Head pours out a little thin and thereís a little bit of lacing, but itís not a real ring. Smell is very good. Sweet, and very hoppy...grapefruity hops, Stone hops ;) Smell has some sweet brown sugar. A blast of floral grapefruity hops that have really great bitterness.