biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Walt for this one. Dark for an IPA. Hazy with little head. Musky, hoppy, heavy caramel aroma with some hints of coffee and vegetable notes. Moderate body. Very alcoholic. Very bitter.Vegetable flavors mingle with earth and pine. Rough overall. The commercial description makes some hefty claims. I would be interested in knowing more about the IBUís and how measured.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber body, thin white head, hoppy nose (derf), pungent strong hop flavor, balanced with something kinda skanky and rich with honey, strong bite, crispy and distinct but not overly impressive, 13%... yikes
frankenkitty (1972) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer appears honey-thick with a heavy haze on a deep copper body with vermillion highlights and light particulate. A creamy-yet-oily, cream-colored head laces in a sheet. Aroma is majorly grapefruit, with fresh, green leaves and honey... but a spot of dirty laundry/dishrag detracts from the goodness. Intense hop flavor burns the lips, tongue, throat and gullet on the way down, then returns to do some damage to the nostrils and sinuses. Sweet, sweet malts create a fat-bodied feel, and contradict angry hops to cool down the tastebuds. An oily, citric essence lingers incessantly but in excess comes off sour. Devilish, Decadent, Delicious.
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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 (2342) - 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 (1867) - 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 (1020) - 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.