fordest (2135) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle thanks to Santa. Very dark amber pour with little head. Aroams were fantastic: Molassas, Caramel, Grapefruit, Sweet Pineapple. Lots of sweetness in there. Not as sweet in the flavor. Bitterness really came through. Definitley a sipper. Alcohol was not even detectible. Just where is that line between a beer like this and a barleywine????? Pretty Good Stuff. Thanks Santa.
bgburdman9 (861) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The first few sips of this were excellent. I thought I might be rating one of my favorites of all time. The sweetness did not overwhelm me as it has done to others. This definitely does not seem like it is IIPA and could easily be an american barleywine. Either way these are both 2 of my favorite styles. I got a little pine and citrusy aroma in my first few smells. There was not as much alcohol in the aroma or flavor as i thought, doesnt taste like 13%. The flavor was sweet but still balanced with some flowery and bitter hops. I Think my bottle was a little old but it was still pretty intense i need to try this fresh some time. This was very expensive at about 4.5 a bottle but I had been wanting to try it for so long so i coughed it up. This would end up being around 100 bucks a case which is way over priced but i may pay this for one more bottle in the future.
thornecb (5012) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2006 Pours deep red/amber into a tulip. Head quickly recedes leaving filmy lace. Resin, pine and DIPA/barleywine notes. Upfront biting hops balanced with roasted caramel malts. Sticky. Lasting bitter hop alcohol finish.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Iíve had this once before, and found it way to hot. The alc. was too much for me to enjoy the rest of it. Milk chocolate color pour. Creamy tan head that didnít last very long. Aroma, big time malt bill, very sweet, not a lot of hops but it is an older bottle. Flavor, nice carmelly, and sweet malts a little nutty. And there is still a lingering bitterness to it. Itís definitely become more barleywine than IPA, but itís a nice change. Finally an IPA that I enjoy with some age on it.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz on draft at the brewpub. there was definitely a lot going on with this beer, and in retrospect it is everything i was told it would be. somewhere between a double IPA and a barleywine. a million times better than the 120 minute in that vein. a bit drier than i was expecting. pretty great, iím gonna overrate it.
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Muddy brown pour with no head. Aroma is big and malty with a bunch of sweet hops. Flavor is sweeter than expected. No hint of the huge alcohol. This is a big beefy beer, but what I taste is an American barleywine. Not what I would expect from a "triple IPA".
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber/ red color. Beer pours with no head. Smells of hops and fresh fruit.Full bodied. Massive hop taste with fruit lingering. Extra dry finish. I could feel alcohol after 1st sip. Thanks for the bottle Ryan!!
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma has notes of grapefruit and caramel. The color is amber with a frothy tan head. The hopís bitterness comes through immediately but is tempered by the caramel sweetness of the malt. After the finish the hops stay with the palate briefly.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAY 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose of caramel, alcohol, spice, and toffee. Pours a cloudy amber with honey highlights.
The small beige creamy head is mostly diminishing with light lace. The brew has a malty
alcoholic front & middle. The long bitter finish is exquisite. Overall very complex. The
full body is syrupy, and sticky.
stoutlvr (52) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours like syrup, and does actually leave a sticky palate. Flavor is perfectly balanced hops, malt, and alcohol. Strong bitter citrus, mildly sweet.