ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Pours a very dark amber with a thin, off-white, quickly dissapating head. Some lacing. The aroma is like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh hops, grapefruit and pine, some caramel, wonderful. The taste is caramel and biscuity malt, before the hop onslaught. Big grapefruit, orange and pine flavors. The finish is long, dry and bitter. The ABV is well hidden. The body is massive and incredibley chewy. Awesome stuff.
Rerate 3/6/07 2year old bottle This was one of my early rates and Iíve been meaning to revist this one for a while now. Murky dark, muddy brown body with a tiny off-white head. The aroma is resinous pine, grapefruit, caramel and slight oxidation. The flavor is sherry, sticky sweet caramel and toffee, lots of grapefruit and pine, lots of sweetness and lots of bitterness. Full body with soft carbonation and a bitter end. Nice barley wine at this point. 8/4/8/3/14 = 3.7
Rerate 3/8/08. Same batch as previous rerate, now 3 years old. Very murky, muddy body, some carbonation has been lost. Small beige head quickly fades. Sticky sweet caramel and toffee nose with a fair dose of pine and citrus hops, light oxidation. Moderate to high sweetness, very bitter, slightly astringent taste with resinous pine, grapefruit, caramel, oxidized malts and dough. Full body is sticky with light carbonation. Finish is long, bitter and warm. This seemed to peak at about 2 years. Iíd give this beer right now, 7/3/7/3/13 = 3.3
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a rusted orange murk with a slim, fake orange-tan head of smooth foam. Brief lasting, glaring lace in thick, short strings stick across the glass.
Fat and juicy aroma with evident alcohol laced with a pinch of mint. Hops juices are there in full swing with dark citrusy piths, oils, and peels. Semi bittering on the nose too as a fairly large backing of caramel malt keeps a nice balance.
Taste mirrors the aroma well with a nice balancing act of dark citrusy oils and caramel malt. Very Barelywine-esk in character.
Finish is what brings this full circle. It takes a while to develope as its front and middle is moslty the malt base leveling the playing field for the team of hops to take their positions on the palate. Lots of piney bittering tones mesh with some dark citric hop oils. Big warmth at the end. Whoof da, wow does this stuff have some late kick too it. So watch out and hold on. Its a wonderful ride.
Feel is oily and rich with a medium body. Soothingly bold and smooth. Again, much like a Barleywine here. Nice hoppy finish and alcoholic stealth. Seems to have some areas missing for a beer this big, perhaps the complexity isnít up to par with some other 2IPAís but its stellar for any beer whatever you want to call it.
A fairly big taster and holds its own with most big West Coast goodies. Not a sessioning beer. A hoppy nectar sipper if anything.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big orange liqeur aroma. Darkish brown-amber color, decent head that settles quickly. Gingery spicy bitterness, huge malty sweetness. Bitterness is apparently well past the point of maximum perception. Massive toasty, toffeeish specialty malts keep it in "balance". Huge, enjoyable.
blankboy (5616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry and Dave B. -- courtesy of Dave B. Pours a clear dark amber with an average size off-white head. The aroma is wonderful! Lots of hops and lots of malt. I mean LOTS! You think you know "lots" but then you smell this and you realize "holy shit, now this is LOTS!". I tasted it and it made me laugh out loud. I laughed cause I couldnít believe how hoppy it was. So, so, so, so hoppy and I loved it. Holy Christ was it hoppy! And it tasted soooo good. Wow! Man, what a treat this beer is. Fan-friggin-tastic.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and Dave B - courtesy of Dave B. Poured clear reddish-amber with a smallish off-white head. Smells of strong hop-medley and light roast malt balance, even a bit lactic. Really makes me want to drink it. Taste - well, alcohol, resiny hops with more than enough woody malt to even it out. Mmmm. Mouthfeel a bit sticky, obviously - strong. Treat this one with respect - frigginí hoppy, but I really loved it.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer pours burnt orange (Hook íem Horns) with a retained off white head. Aroma is BIG. Big hop aroma of pine and citrus, almost crossing into Pine Sol territory, but not quite (fortunately). Flavor is significantly bitter, then some serious caramel malts kick in. No showing of the ABV other than when it burns my eshophagus. Significant numbing properties. An ironic choice for 999, dance with the devil?
jcr (2096) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thereís no doubt this is a big-beer IPA just by the aroma. Hops ó citrus, pine and floral ó dominate the nose, though malt is detectable and the aroma is somewhat reminiscent of barley wine. Not suprisingly, the flavor is also dominated by hops ó both citrus and floral. but again, the malt backbone is quite noticable ó raisins, caramel, spice. Still, this is one bitter, hoppy IPA from beginning to end and long afterwards. Medium to heavy body, somewhat syrupy and cloying. The alcohol makes itself known in the flavor and though it didnít get in the way, it didnít help. I think this beer tries to have too many big things going on all at once and never quite gets it all balanced.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber color with a one finger head that slowly fades leaving a nice ring and a spotty cap. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell; man those hops almost jump out of the glass and slap you in the face. lots of floral/piney hops, citrus, roasted malts and caramel.
Taste; Piney hops with a bit of citrus, nice caramel malty backbone, and thereís an almost peppery spiciness, with warming alsohol in the finish. The hops werenít quite as overwheling as it smelled, and had a pretty good malt balance to it. Mouthfeel was medium to full, and just a litlle oily. as others have stated, it seemed a little closer to a barleywine that it does an IPA of any kind. Still, I liked this alot, I just donít think I could drink more than one because of the ABV%.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy amber body with a thick, slowly diminishing white head. Intense hoppy aroma of pine resin, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, toasted grains and some light brown sugar. The body is thick, full and robust. Sweet, warm and quite bitter at the finish. The warm alcohol really becomes apparent AFTER the swallow; it doesnít burn on the way down, but you can feel it as it goes. A definite sipper as it takes some time to get through the body. Not a terrible beer by any stetch, but itís far too much to drink regularly.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottles acquired in trades with OhioDad & Jokes (thanks!). Poured a dark amber color with a larger sized off white head. Almost had a deep blood red look to it. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, and citrus. Tastes of grapefruit, oranges, caramel, and citrus. Light spices in there as well. Welll balanced. Full and sticky body. Alcohol content well hidden. I really enjoyed this one.