eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Special thanks goes out to Landseer for this one. A very dark muddy orange appearance with a thin tan head. Aroma was big malt, but even bigger hops. Aroma was similar to a strong Barleywine. Had hints of citrus with sweet orange and lemon. The alcohol was also noticable in the aroma. I really would classify this monster as a Barleywine on steriods. The body was heavily malted, with a ton of hops. Had a tea like flavor, slight citrus notes, and a huge amount of bitterness. Starts sweet, switches to brutally bitter, and finishes sweet with the orange and lemon coming through in the end. Can taste some alcohol in the finish and is slightly dry. Had a thick mouthfeel and was VERY strong. This bad boy was like a kick to the face. A good kind of a kick to the face though. Just so overpowering.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks santa. Deep ruby body, head is dark tan & sticks around forever. Grapefruiot & caramel explosion in the nose with plum, dark fruits & alcohol. Lots of caramel, HOPS HOPS HOPS, grapefruit, chocolate. Very bittersweet finish. Amazingly thick mouthfeel.
tjthresh (1863) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a murkey, muddy, copper, orange-ish, red. A smallish head forms, but fades quickly. The aroma leans toward malt, but the hops do not exactly take a back seat by any means. Notes of candy, cherry, maple, vanilla, and brown sugar, with the scent of a bland of hops that canít even begin to describe. The flavor is fairly balances with the bitterness winning this round. Starts our very sweet. Maple and vanilla. Long bitterness. Fuller bodied. Not for the timid.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured a darker than expected murky copper with thin, filmy head. Lots of malts and hops along with barley and traces of alcohol. As this one warms the alcohol notes seem to subside (or perhaps the high ABV has me to intoxicated to notice half way through). There is large bitter aftertaste that seemed a tad off but not unpleasant.
PeterLikesBeer (104) - Berwyn Heights, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber color that reminds me more of a double Bock than an IPA. Aroma is as expected hoppy however there is some malt aroma too. Flavor is bitter, however not overly so. There is plenty of sweetness to balance all of the hops. Finish is medium long and pleasently hoppy. This is a fantastic beer!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is deep mahogany with a soapy oily head indeed...smell is beautiful pine and very intense yet smooth and far from overpowering...definate alcohol in the nose too...if I exhale into the glass through my nose causing the air to hit my eyes, it makes them burn from the alcohol vapors, yet somehow the alcohol isnít over powering...tase is initially sweetwith the bitter flavor just building and building until I guess I just canít taste is anymore...sort of a burnt quality in the finish...wow...some days SNPA seems too hoppy for me...
Sregnar35 (933) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an oily head, that doesnít last but laces nice. Color is ruby red, very surupy in appearance, viscus. Flavor is not as hoppy as I had hoped, but itís still a nice piney flavor. Lots of alcohol and sugary malt in the palate really give this a good feel. Finish is slight lingering hop, but the alcohol cuts the hop down too mch to really linger. This is a tasty brew I wish I had access to locally.
DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Bottle, found at Samís Wines in Downers Grove. Deep copper pour with thin head. Has a "bright" malty smell which kind of overruns any hop load. Odd coppery odor too, once I start to taste it. Kind of as expected, a nice big smooth alcohol taste over a thick, almost syrupy caramel malt. Hop load barely offsets the malt, leaving a nice grassy taste, then solid hop aftertaste. Thereís also a milky aftertaste in the mouth. A big, big beer that I hope to see smooth out even more as it lays down.
Odeed (1773) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 3, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bonus brew from brewso)the devil dancer poured a semi-murky orange body with the slightest hint of a white head.the aroma was dominated by citurs type hops.the flavor was also dominated by citrus hops,but also gave away some candy,sweet malts,and alcohol.the mouthfeel was super thick and the finish was semi-dry.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of Tchrome. Pours reddish brown with a smaller floral hop aroma than expected and more sugary malt aroma than expected. Head dissipates rapidly. Strong alcohol in the palate with malty sweetness matched by hop bitterness. Would like to compare to a greener version which might have more distingiushable hop character.