Ernest (6662) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2007 Bottle.
Head is mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of sherry, alcohol, wood.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Pretty nice for its size and style.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber. Super-smooth, creamy, and thick mouthfeel. Lofty malt aromas of cocoa, caramel and bread dough. Really nice elements of yeast and alcohol in the background. Intense hops throughout, but very fitting and balanced against the big malts. Notes of sugary pine, perfumey spruce tips and sweet, complex fruit (grapefruit, tangerine, and sweetened lemon). Wonderful level of bitterness; builds in aftertaste. Tasty, tasty stuff.
BeerandBlues2 (10691) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to pdee for sharing this 12-oz. bottle. Pours mahagony, maple brown with a tiny tan rocky head. Floral fruity hop bouquet, caramel malt aroma is pleasant behind the hops, alcohol comes through. Flavor is medium bitter, resinous pine hop and smooth caramel malt that works to balance out the hops, alcohol is prevalent, but not to where you’d guess this is 13%. Medium bodied and warm, spicy palate.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a hazy, fiery, burnt orange(beautiful) with a fizzy light tan head. Floral, sweet, almost buttery aroma. Hoppy flavor throughout, though not overbearing with notes of sugared grapefuit, lemon zest, alcohol, with a slight light caramel cream note torwards the back. The hops stay for a long bitter aftertaste. Not as overbearing as I would’ve thought, though it still packs a huge hop punch. I would consider this very drinkable...if you’re a huge hop head...or if your just in the mood for the bite. The price might seem like a bit much, but I can see where the money went...this is a pretty big beer...even for an imperial ipa. Well balanced for the style.
Zeswaft (1455) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 Pours out cloudy ruby red with with thin head that quickly disappears. Aroma is fruity, slightly grapefruity and piney. First taste had a dirty super rubbing alcohol flavor and I got scared. Must have been psychological because it disappeared. Flavor is pretty bitter and more pine and grapefruit. Not as bitter as 200+ IBUs. I’ve had more bitter 3 Floyds. Alcohol is completely hidden. Finish stays bitter for minutes. A good IIPA but not outrageously awesome. Worth buying as a single but I remember a 4-pack of this was way expensive, like $15.
Rerate. I think this bottle was fresher than the first time i had it because there is a ton of citrus in it. Surprisingly balanced for being 13%. I can only slightly detect alcohol on the aroma. tons of lingering bitterness.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy light brown pour offers a powerful nose of sweet resinous malts cut short by an assertive, withering hop dryness. Palate is thick and soft. Flavor is a complex minuet of malt/hop interplay: caramel, plum, and pecan offer a malt foreground that resists and withstands the waves of dry, bitter hops. This is strong, bold and complex in a way that is seldom achieved in double ipas. Excellent and exemplary.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - JAN 29, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
600th rating. Before having this, I haven’t had an incredibly bitter beer in a while. I’ve never been a huge fan of IIPAs, but for some twisted reason I was hoping that one drop of this would melt off my tongue with an atomic hops explosion. Anyway, poured a clear dark amber body with almost no head or lacing. It wasn’t terribly impressive to look at or swirl in the glass. Aroma is hops galore, but also there is a huge amount of malt (caramel) used to balance it. Reminds me of DFH 120 already. Hop notes were citrus, oranges, grapefruit, pine, and some other lighter fruits as well. I wish some environmentalist would make a flyer whining about how many hop vines each of these bottles destroys, much like how some other product helps cut down acres of the rainforest. The reckless amount of hops were balanced with a huge amount of caramel malt and a fermentation that rendered 13%ABV. The sweetness helped balance out the 200+IBUs. No nuclear explosion this time. Yeah, it’s really bitter, but it’s not THAT bitter. If you like DFH 120, check this one out and expect some more bitterness, but less alcohol and cost. This could almost pass for an American Strong Ale or even a really hoppy Barley Wine, but IIPA is probably right. Good stuff, balanced much better than I was expecting after having Stone’s IIPA.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
garnet-orangey and mostly clear with a cloud of yeast that looks like smoke. light tan pillowy/foamy head. pine and hoppy aroma, flavor is sweet earthy malt and floral hop bitterness. pine cone flavor too. would like to try htis beside the DFH 120min, but I think I like this one better. slick mouthfeel and low carbonation. thanks for this 1FastSTi!
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big pile of hops, oats, raisons, plums, alcohol and hazelnuts in the nose. Fiery clear body that held a loose oily head. Much the same in the mouth with huges malts and herbal, resiney hops. Very barleywine like charactor but with a lot of alcohol burn. Finished a bit smoother than anticipated wiht a lot of gooey carmalized malt, more hops and some alcohol warmth.
eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Beautiful perfumey layered fruity aroma, bright clear amber-red with rich creamy head and big gorgeous lace. Incredibly smooth and full-bodied with bold bitter hops, raisiny fruit and a long long bitter grapefruit-rindy woody finish. I mean long.