CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich ruby copper with a big thick creamy tan head. Aroma is not like other imperial IPAs. It seems to be more complicated, an onslaught of floral, sweet, and bitter hops which provide an air of mustiness, possibly a result of the barrel aging. Body starts thick, syrupy and viscous but thins toward the end. Some sweet caramel malt fades quickly into a very tangy bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden, but so are the other flavors behind the wall of bitterness. This just doesn't have the finesse of a Ruination or Dreadnaught, but may mellow with age. Somehow adding this many different hops just doesn't mesh together well.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown pour, with an offwhite head. The aroma is hoppy. The flavor is extremely bitter and hoppy.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First whiff from opening the bottle brings cascade hops. Pours nice, cloudy deep amber with a tight beige head and good lacing. Big hop aroma. Thick bodied smooth and chewy with tons of hops.Flavor is on the bitter side like Arrogant Bastard, and has enough malt to hold it all together. Very bitter finish, but very enjoyable also.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very nice ruby with a thin off white head (almost tan), and spotty lacing. Strong citrus hop aroma with some sweet malts and a backing of alcohol. Flavor starts with a bit of roast malt, then the bitter hops kick in finishing dry with a nice alcohol bite. Smooth palate with a medium body leaving a good hop prescence behind. I have to thank JagerQueen for picking this up for Buck_Dich and thank Buck himself for giving me a damn fine I2PA for my 300th!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby color with a thick creamy off-white head. The lacing is sticky in parts and the alcohol doesn't destroy it too bad. The aroma is very hoppy, slightly musty with a complex hop profile, lots going on in the hops department. The malt isn't too matched up in the aroma. The flavor is a little more balanced with an initial roastyness of caramel that turns into a dry sting of the hops as it works its way down your palate. The overall feel to this beer is very mellow considering the intimidating title. Once you get into this one it really starts growing on you. Wish I had another, or maybe another half (glares at Sham). Thanks JagerQueen!
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 Pours with a thick syrupyness. Dark and thick amber with a frothy, tight-bubbled head. Wafting, yeast-cake nose. Thick and chewy texture with a mild carbonation. Strong, in-your-face flavors and alcohol notes (not fusel or spiked, but strong and lasting). Woodsy and earthy aromas. Very mild malt sweetness (toffee and cooked caramel). Electric hops with a healthy bitterness, but not nose-blowing. I find it interesting that when you use three or four different kinds of hops in a beer, you end up with something strange, but when you use 10, it somehow tastes pretty decent. Safety in numbers, I suppose. RERATE: Rich caramel-soaked malts had many layers. Complex hop flavors and aromas were filled with resinous pine, sugared grass, grapefruit and flowers.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2003 The first thing anyone is going to notice about this beer is the extremely complex aroma coming out of the glass like a sweltering blast of caramel hop alchohol. It is only natural that the beer is going to be big as well, and indeed it is. Blisteringly bitter with a persistent alchohol fire, there seems to be an endless reserve of flavor beneath it all, but only a portion can make it past the abv and IBUs. A touch of toffee is there, along with a very nice buttery caramel malt, but that wonderful balance preserved in the Leviathan and Poseidon seems to be put on hold for the moment.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Incredible tangy herbal/citrus hop aroma. Dynamic mix of chewy caramel malt and spicy hop texture. Fairly dry finish that you want to bite into and keep. Almost mouth-numbing, yet flavors keep emerging long after the first sip. Makes you want to smack your lips repeatedly until those around you become so curious they must have one of their own to enjoy.
TAR (2382) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazed coppery crimson. Tight light caramel foam. Juicy hop nose laced with jellied fruits, McIntosh apple, bubblegum, lemon rind, and bountiful Crystal richness. Hints of ash-covered wood, coarse pine needles, and soft esters. Perfectly placed phenols work in unison with the sweet malts and pungent hops. Soft, chewy carbonation. Immediately lacerates the palate with raw hop cones. Quite tingly and piney. Non-stop zippy bitterness backed by apple skin and resilient cakey malts. Moderately alcoholic with lots of leafy, earthy hops snuggled in a rich malt physique. Glazed malts linger on the palate with a bushel of coarse pine needles and lemon rind. Finishes notably dry with a light woody undertone and a divine hop complexity. Resilient malt structure does a stunning job keeping it balanced. How they got this behemoth so dry and balanced is confounding. Breathtaking IPA. Thanks, hopsrus!
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Autumn red. Small,off white,head. You can almost chew the aroma. Lots of sappy/citrus/herbal hops backed up by big earthy,fruiy,sweet malts. Palate is creamy with soft carbonation. Mammoth body. Just a slight sting from the abundance of hops. Chewy,sappy,malty flavors.Malts are lush and chewy.The oak aging is quite obvious on the tounge. Big leafy,piney bitterness before the finish. Finish is full of earthy hops,and malts. Great sweet,bready,toasted malts in the finish. For how extremely hoppy this is,it is damn good right now. As much malt complexity as hops. Highly recommended!