jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2003
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very good hop-head beer. Aroma is a little on the light side, but it makes up for that in taste. Quite malty but hops are the story. A definite alcohol burn on the way down. Hop character is pretty citrusy rather than floral.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-tinged orange. Bursting citric hops (centennial?) evoke wood, grapefruit and lemon. Fat, chewy flavours simultaneously coat your tongue with chocolate malts and citric hops. Smooth...with caramel overtones. A little drippy in terms of hopping, which is the only real complaint. Otherwise quite well-made.
heykevin (1272) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big alcohol and floral light hoppy aroma. Aroma is not particularly strong. Flavor is surprisingly smooth and integrated. Big, but soft.
Beerdogg (9) - Edgewood, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hopiness is next to godliness, something like that. I was very impressed with this one. Right away I wanted to compare this with the Venom. I must say that the flavor and the hops of this beer are blended equally. Venom is a great beer but the taste of Serum is excellent. I would love to try this on Nitro.
Great job fellas.
guzzler67 (1456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hophead alert: you have to try this beer. Whatever it lacked in the aroma will overwhelm you in the appearance, taste and finish. Almost as dark as a nut brown, with little head. The malt is entirely up front and everything else is hoppy. I'm surprised the abv is as low as it is. Finish is the piney aftertaste you might expect from this style. Limited production; get it while you can.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh sweet hops! I LOVE it. I'll call it a East Coast Imperial IPA. A bit different then the left coast, but that's cool with me. Good hop aroma, citrus bite all the way, followed with (as it warms) a slight malt backbone that added a toffee / caramel sweetness to round it out. Goose down soft carbonation, medium bodied, bitter grapefruit finish. No complaints. Waited a long time to see this one come to life and it certainly was worth the wait. Thanks Jim (and Jared). Keep up the great work.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer reminded a great deal of Avery's 10th. Hoppy aroma and sweet malty favor. I don't think it was as well hopped as the 10th, but a solid beer just the same. Thanks Hopscotch(I think) for bring this one to the RB2003!
argo0 (11078) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(RBSG2003): Clear copper with minimal off-white head. Aroma is sweet and sticky, really hoppy -- more barleywinish than IPA. Taste is grapefruit hoppy, some herbal hoppy too, and not enough malts for balance. Quite full-bodied.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2004 Ok, I had to up my rating. Just tried another bottle after being cellared for one year. The hops are still there, but much more mellowed... less biting. Great, caramelly, malt backbone. World class beer!...
Crystal clear, burnt orange/amber hue. Large, creamy, Khaki head with very good lacing.
The aroma is very hoppy with notes of pepper, grapefruit and pine.
The flavor? POW! Right in the kisser!
Huge hops! Bitter, peppery and citrusy. Not quite what I expected out of an Imperial IPA, but very good nonetheless.
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation.
Lengthy, lightly bitter, dry finish. Very nice brew! Pulls up just short of being world-class! Thanks, Jim!
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2006 (2003)Hop damn!w/much rich slightly roasted malt balance.Aroma is faint but sweet and hoppy.Thanks again Bishop!Had about 16oz. left in this this 32oz growler.Sunset orange/great lace/decent head.Great complex hop bite.Not over the top but has a nice pepper/citris/slight(alcohol) astringincy to it.Nice warming buzz(this is the real stuff people!).Just another reason why Duclaw(Jim Wagner?)needs to start bottling their beer!The head has a nice rust orange to it.This is the real hop devil.Why limit the quantities???All year hop love please?>>Go to Duclaw, this gem is on tap now.I donít want to be dissapointed with this years(2004) rendition of this excellent Ale of large proportions.This years is more of malt lovers experience, instead of the wonderful hopage of last years.I havenít had them side by side yet but...This really tastes like a better(tastier and cleaner) version of Averyís The Keiser.So no, Iím not dissapointed cause this beer is really well done but seriously lacking the hops of a highly respected IIPA.Basically no citrus or cutting hops.Just huge fresh sweet caramelish malt and some octane and the hops just doing a great balancing act.Still very easy to drink, and the 9% is blended into the ale wislely,but the burps seem to be all hops(go freakiní figure)Thank you Jim once again for this great heady ale, sometimes you just canít please the hopheap but, I have had a growing love for really nice malt bombs so.. I really just want this to taste like last years, but yes, I will stil be drinking the hell out of this one this year.Youíll nail it next year when everything is running smoother at the brewery,in the meantime get on it people,I give it 2 weeks tops before this beast is gone.Till the next time...
2006 Release- (Growler) Man, this was just superb. The hop aromas were of green apple and citrus(orange rind,melon,mango) The malt character was so lush and delicious., the hop bitterness was plentiful and enjoyable. Very freakiní smooth and refined and well, Just about as good as it gets. Nice lighter Co2, Oily kind mountfeel, like hoppy pints of silk.Excellent in all ways, 9% was there but just providing another devilish night,safe at home drinkiní my favorite beer brewed in MD. Serum 06 - Nailed the style. Worth the wait.