Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is heavy with caramel, citrus, fruit, and hops. Body is a foggy brown/amber with not head. Taste is like caramel, hops, and a milky way. Quite interesting, very sweet, basically borderline american strong ale.
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark amber tinged brown body, requires a vigourous pour but rewards me with a good sized creamy beige head, that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Big resiny hop juggernauts lead the aroma with caramel malt hangers on. Slight hint of booze. First sip is a powerful eye opener. Massive resiny hops with unexpectedly leafy green undertones. Sweet caramel malt tries to balance things but ultimately fails to do mor than mitigate the onslaught. Long lingering resiny hop bitterness in the aftertaste becomes cumulative, growing along with the alcohol as the glass goes on. Full bodied smooth palate pleasantly coats the tongue. Wow. Definitely more towards a barleywine, this is more of a sipper than most double IPAs. Thanks for the trade! (1FastSTI i believe!) [Had this a point higher, but its tough to finish the whole bottle as it warms up.]
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2008 Huge thanks to Styles for hooking me up with this! A deep mahogony liquid sits beneath a foamy stout like mocha head that stays the course. Lots of stout like lacing. I dont even want to drink this it looks so good. A complex aroma to say the least. At first its all hops, and I mean lots. But as it warms, there’s a bready molasses, and a pine tree like aroma. Then following that is a burnt caramel, roasted malt, and chocolate combo. My god. The taste is something evil for sure. It’s a hop whallop at first. Milk chocolate, custard, creme brulet (sp?) sweet molasses and caramel malt, toffee and bread crust. Lengthy bitter and roasted caramel mat flavours in the finish. I don’t think I can taste anything else. A tripple IPA for sure, and a barley wine too. Ohh, and an amazing beer. Wow, thanks Chris.
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - MAR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yeah I like this beer. Pours a rich burnt amber and has a nice pillowy white head. Smells much more like a rich barley wine...tons of hops and more hops, but lots of rich sweet and creamy malt too. Flavor is very upfront...syrupy citrus, warming malt and alcohol, and tons of creamy (not grassy) hops. Mouthfeel lis smooth and oily.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I’ve tried this wonderful brew twice now, fresh at the Founders Brewpub and aged 6 months at Landmark 1850 tavern in Milwaukee. In both cases,try as I may, I could not find a single aspect to ding this on. We were served this in cognac sniffer glasses at Founders. I and the group I was with could not get over how intoxicatingly beautiful the aroma was. I’ve been a hophead a longtime and have enjoyed the aromas of Three Floyds, Dogfishhead,Alesmith,monster hop brews,but none of those quite matched what I was experiencing that night. . The color was a deep red amber when looked straight on, a more orange red when held to the light.And the taste pure heaven, a monster wash of amazingly scrumptous hops perfectly balanced with a huge sweet malty flavor with all kinds of sweet candyand fruits,,the glass has that slight stickness I love from these monster Imperial IPA’s from the runover , and finally to finish it off perfectly a lucious hop aftertaste,with a very warming feeling as it goes down from that well hidden 13 % alcohol. The 6 month aged beer, seemed to have lost a little hop aroma and hop citrus, but the hop bitterness at the end was even better. Only about my 6th perfect rating,but I see no way of improving this.
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Chuck for the sample. Had a pleasant hoppy aroma. Decent deep brown color, cola-like, with a tan head. Solid hoppy flavor. Good body and carbonation. Overall, this was pretty enjoyable.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
) Bam!—this beer introduces itself with an aroma of hops. It fills the glass with a solution that is located somewhere on the color spectrum between amber and mahogany. This beer has a powerful hops taste that blasts the taste buds from the get-go and proceeds to wrench the palate and throat with an everlasting aftertaste of hops. There is an intimation of butter that creeps in just at the point of swallowing. The high ABV level is hidden very well in this hoppy solution.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ruby red color with a big reddish beige head and heavy lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and hops. Flavor of caramel malt, hops and some chocolate and dark fruit. Alcohol is well hidden.
Ratman197 (11240) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured a cloudy reddish copper with a small, lasting amber head. Aromas of grapefruit rind, pine, carmel and some earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and resiny. Flavors of grapefruit, pine, some earthiness and a bit of carmel with a lingering, biting bitter finish. Fairly impressive!
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - this keg was 2 years old and still had a huge grassy hop nose - wow! Amber to purple bodied. Amazingly bitter for a 2 year old beer, especially one at 13%. Full mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer! More of a barleywine I would think, but yum!