Zeswaft (1569) - 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. Iíve 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 (2469) - 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 havenít had an incredibly bitter beer in a while. Iíve 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 wasnít 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, itís really bitter, but itís 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 Stoneís 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.
jasonp (1565) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle obtained via trade with beeryum. Pours a cloudy brownish red with a medium but dense cream colored head. Aroma very similar to that of SN Bigfoot; lots of hoppy pine, wood and toastiness. The flavor has huge notes up front of pine, grapefruit, wood, sweet caramel, toasted malt, toffee and a touch of pipe tobacco. Pleasantly sweet, with a ton of lingering hop bitterness. The alcohol content gives off more of a nice warming feeling rather than a harsh one. Very full, round and creamy on the palate with moderate carbonation. Great brew! Iíd consider this a barleywine though.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Poured dark copper with a short lasting white head. Aromas of pinapple, pine, graitfruit, citrus, caramel, vanilla and tropical fruit. Taste was smooth but the aftertaste was way too salty. The salty aftertaste is my only complaint. Aside from that this was very nice.
kramer (5689) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via trade w/ Drnk-McDermott I think. Dark copper pour, small off-white head that fades to a thin film quickly. Large amount of globby floaties. Aroma equal parts resiny grapefruity hops and heavy thick caramel sweet malt. Very fruity with some alcohol as well. Flavor is over the top grapefruity bitterness with ridiculous amounts of sweet toffee and caramle malt. Enormous amount of alcohol on the finish, very hot. Syrupy thick and cloying mouthfeel with very low amounts of fine carbonation. I think this might actually be a Triple IPA. Best example of the more is not always better philosophy that Iíve had yet. Not sure where they got the "dangerously drinkable" portion of the commercial deScription.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one has Barleywine written all over it. From the ramped up malt character to the vanilla and oak notes Iím getting. Hazy amber and dark with just a few specks of film floating around the top. Super sweet in flavor with notes of tropical fruit, caramel and vanilla. Full low carbonated body and sticky palate. Nice one for the cold weather. Thanks to demitriustown for the sample.