aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
They really should cut with the crap and just call this a barleywine. Thatís what it is. The beer pours a rich, deep red with a very slight chill haze. The head is a yellowish khaki that forms easily. The hops top the aroma, but thereís that buttery raisin/prune that is common among barleywine. The flavor is caramel and light toast malt, but the hops are aggressive, especially in the bittering in the finish. A bit of honeydew melon in there as well.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very slight bit too hot for me, but none the less still fantastic. Pours out a dark amber, very minimal head around the edge that sticks around throughout the beer. Nose is huge, and I mean huge on pine, grapefruit, just pure hop madness. Flavor reveals a bit of malt, but still just the hop taking control. Noticed a few hints of I wanna say..peach. Reminded me of a cloned DFH 120 but just a bit more tame. Very delicious, but a bit on the pricey side.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the crack of the bottle, this one is screaming with hops. Pours a cloudy mahagony color with a thin head. Lots of grapefruit and citric hops in the nose. Thick palate with a citric hop flavor upfront. Some alcohol in the background which blends with the bitterness and is hard to distinguish the two.
Cornfield (5541) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ach, mein Gott! This truly gets this hopheadís seal of approval. Deep orange, almost red (with heat) in color, it has a strong grapefruit-lemon zest-resinous hop aroma strongly matched by the scents of a rich, caramel malt. This baby is thick enough to chew on. Itís a seriously malty beer, sweet with some fruitiness (mainly orange) to it. Then itís violently attacked by an (un)earth(l)y hop bitterness that scalds the inside of the mouth. Strangely, it flows down WAY TOO easily. I wasnít quite sure if the warming of my body was due to the 13% ABV or my reaction to the 200+ IBUs. If it wasnít so damned expensive, it would be my new session ale.
Thanks, Randy, for making this gem available in the Chicago area!
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Metalhead (632) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured amber orange,carbonated but no head.Aroma is hoppy citrus and slighlty sweet subtle malt. Alcohol is obvious but not the 13%. Needs more of that grapefruit punch to it. Thick,hoppy and slightly sweet at the same time. Beware. $$$$ as hell. $18 a 4 pak. Iíll be stashing 2 of these for another year.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy amber orange color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a drab brown amber color. Barely a wisp of a head forms when poured, but if roused forms a thin amber-tan color. The aroma is a mix of concentrated malt and hops with a bit of alcohol in the finish. The aroma is a bit muddy actually, I was expecting a bit more of a hop attack.
The taste is thick and rich with concentrated notes of hops and malt, and that same muddy note that is found in the aroma. Up front this has nice concentrated notes of pure hop nectar (lots of citrus with notes of pine, herbs and a bit of menthol), it does seem to die off in the finish though. This has quite a thick, syrup-like palate to it; it sticks to your mouth even after you have swallowed it, and for some reason it is not all that pleasant. The malt also plays a heavy hand in this beer, it is not just all hops; there is a concentrated unfermented beer taste to it (very similar to malt extract), with lots of notes of caramel, & toasted malt. I am gonna have to say that this was pushed a bit too far, it is a bit too over the top. The flavors just clash on my palate.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My last rating got eaten by the system, but in short-needs more hops to be a double, or triple IPA-not more bittering, but more flavor, more aroma. Very alcoholic-not in a bad way, but just doesnít hit the mark exactly. Nice stuff though.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has been in the frige since I got back from Wisconsin. Good blend of citrus, floral and some alcohol aromas. Bloody red with a small tan head. Good citrus flavor which I thought alcohol would be present more than it was. Had a cherry flavor also. Medium dry palate, good brew.
presario (4705) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dark copper. Foamy cream head. Hop aroma rises from the open bottle. From the glass the aroma is not overpowering with strong malt and hops. As it sits the alcohol builds in the aroma. Doesnít attack the palate like Ruination, possibly due to the strong malt syrup-like base. Hits your head immediately. No sweetness to the malt and no joy for me in the beer. A celebration of excesses without justification for me.
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. This is the first Imperial IPA Iíve had, so it may just be the style I am not happy with. This beer looks beautiful, the aroma almost knocked me over. HOPS. The flavor, all hops and alcohol. The alcohol is overwhelming. Iíve never drank Pine Sol but I imagine itís somewhat similar to this beer.