DrnkMcDermott (2880) - 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 Sam’s 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. There’s 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 (1796) - 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.
ryan (3186) - 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 I’ve 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. I’d 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 isn’t up to par with some other 2IPA’s 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 (6444) - 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 couldn’t 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 (6199) - 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 - friggin’ hoppy, but I really loved it.
TChrome (1440) - 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 ’em 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 (2286) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
There’s no doubt this is a big-beer IPA just by the aroma. Hops — citrus, pine and floral — 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 — both citrus and floral. but again, the malt backbone is quite noticable — 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 didn’t get in the way, it didn’t help. I think this beer tries to have too many big things going on all at once and never quite gets it all balanced.