cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
4/29/05. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with footbalm on RateBeer 3/16/05. Amber brown-orange in color, viscous and bold in appearance with no carbonation streaming through the beer. Rocky and disappointing, disappearing head, offwhite. Fades to almost nonexistent whisp. Big caramel malt aroma, sort of plain, with aged hop character. Too much age on the hops to be of tremendous interest, but it’s still decent-- hop crystals and sugar. Nose is very piney, sappy, resinous peppery and lightly spiced-- pretty good. Still, I’d count it as a somewhat generous 8. Holy bitterness! Very potent stuff-- not near enough balance with citrus (if you wanna call this an IPA) or big caramel flavors and dark sugar (if you wanna call it a barley wine) to let it go down smoothly. Very soft, creamy carbonation when I swish it in my mouth, dry with a badass bitterness. Some strange dark malt-like toastiness and huge resin, sap, and pine. Incredibly sticky and sappy taste and texture. Huge grain alcohol/hop juice finish drops out to a biscuity, lightly toasty, big sap/resin bitter trail. Long and dry. Prickly on the roof of the mouth. Really warming and full-bodied. I guess it’s solid, and it’s certainly crazy (which is more often than not something that I admire), but I’m not in love. File it under "What the fuck?" Beers. I think this rating is pretty generous all around.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong, green, grassy, orange, pine, citrus, aggressive hop nose. Clear amber coloured body with low tan head that recedes rapidly to ring. Although there are perhaps many different facets to the hop flavour, as in the aroma the level of noise overwhelms any supposed complexity. Very strong bitterness with strong sweet underlying malts but all in all this comes across as unidimensional for me. Medium body with moderate carbonation. I think I’ll leave the remaining bottle in the cellar for a number of years and see how it fairs. Bottle sampled at the Ratebeer Mondial Gathering 2005.
Sammy (8398) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2005 A deep rich taste, like a top quality UK conditioned old ale, a very good American barleywine, hoppy and malty beginning and great bitter finish, with a buzz from the high alcohol. Barleywine aroma. Only sold in fours at $18
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle pours copper with a nice tan head that sticks around and lingers well. Aroma is powerful pineapple and grapefruit from the healthy dose of hops. Flavor is first citrus then some nice caramel malt then a blast of bitter almost sour hops again at the end. On the palate the alcohol is covered well in this one but you do know it is there on the back of each sip. Balanced pretty well for a huge IIPA. Pretty good beer.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Pours a clear red color with a ring of white lace. Aroma of pineapple, hops and alcohol with some lingering sweetness. Strong, assertive and gargantuous flavor of hopd in the form of pineapple,, caramel and alcohol with a strong bitter finish. Light body, liquorous texture, soft carbonation. This is a very well done beer but way too hopped for my tastes.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Couleur cuivrée, mousse beige pale rapidement diminuante. Jus de houblon, pamplemousses roses, écorce amère, forte présence d’alcool. Un concentré de houblon plus intense que j’en pensais être possible. Sur les traces des houblons de la famille des C (chinook, cascade). Amertume extrême allant même jusqu’à geler l’arrière de la langue pour quelque temps. Un concours de IBU ou une manière d’en donner pour leur argent aux amateurs de houblon ? Difficile à boire pour moi en tout cas.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper golden colored, foamy tan head. Hoppy aroma of course with notes of nut and spices. Sharp but still balanced. Fruity notes also and hints of chocolate. Extremely hoppy flavor. Thick, full and warming and extremely bitter and biding. Nutty, spicy and caramelly tones hiding behind the bitterness. This is one crazy beer!
FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy blood orange color with a small offwhite head. Some citrus notes framed by alcohol aromatics. Thick malt flavors with a residual bitterness. Tangible alcohol characters throughout. Mouthfeel is big and sticky.
Ungstrup (29135) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A hazy amber beer with a small disappearing orange head. The aroma is super hoppy - with lots of alfa acid - lovely but overpowers any other aromas. The flavor is like chewing on fresh hops giving the impression of lots of alfa acids, hop oil, and a bitter end. Nice one.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at TiggMTL’s post-Mondial tasting, thanks Mike (mds) for sharing
Copper orange. For such a lupulin-haired hoochie-mama, she’s got quite a head on her shoulders! That caught me off guard. I’ve smelled hoppier before, but it came out of a Randall, so that’s cheating. Somewhere through that hop field I did smell a little pineapple, so that was interesting. Obviously, this thing’s got torque like a redneck’s souped-up chevy. Enough alpha-acids to melt right through your gullet. Those who suffer from ulcers, acid reflux disease or any other digestive tract ailment should only use this to strip the varnish off their furniture. All jokes aside, this is pretty one-dimensional, but it isn’t supposed to be anything else. Rinse this one off with Cantillon and/or steel wool.