bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy burnt orange body with an average beige head. Aroma of toasted bread, caramel, and mild citrus. Thick, malty, creamy base of breadiness with a dry hops bite in the finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with an orange amber body topped by a medium thick head with little lacing. It’s sweet and malty wtih a slight pepper note and a great piney/grapefruity hop finish. Full bodied, dry and warming.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Poured by Mike Stevens (the founder of Founders) at the Great Taste of the Midwest, Madison, 8/13/2005. It was good to come back to the Devil Dancer, which was a nice palate cleanser after a series of bourbon-barrel porters and stouts. The intensity of this beer from flavor to palate is its most notable quality. Aromas of citrus and pine balance nicely, and on the palate they come through with a malt backbone with more sour orange and grapefruit. This beer needs a few years to age and loss a bit of the over the top hop bite. And though this doesn’t concern the ratings, Mike Stevens is a great guy. (8/14)
Rerated on 9/11 after drinking what I was told was a bottle from summer of 2004. The hops had tamed to some extent and the maltier, barley-wine notes shined through. After 3 sips, I immediately realized the potential for this beer in the ageing process. Very good, probably fantastic in about 10 years.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the GTMW. So after the disappointing 1ml smaple of raspberry eisbock which isn’t really a sample. I decided to go get something that I knew I could taste. :) Aroma is very hoppy, but do I really need to say that? Perhaps I should describe "hoppy." Pine and grapefruit with a caramel malt undertone. Medium orange-brown with a thin off-white head. Sharp, very strong bitter grapefruit with more of that rich caramel, like the aroma. Sharp, very strong, medium mouthfeel and slightly creamy.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Duane for this one! Oh how good this one is, and its such a California taste, coming from Michigan! I love the hop impact, and how well the alcohol is hidden. Piney, sour fruits, a great beer!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a semi-translucent caramel brown with an oily looking head. Sharp hop bouquet aroma with discernable malt support. Some wafts of cherry figs, dirty potato skins and cherry-almond Nips. Flavor rips into the palate, with the malts getting a head start to hold up the hops. Characteristics of amaretto signal a Tequila Rose liquor-like quality. Other accents of honey, maple and brown sugar spawn a barrage of flavor. At times there are strong suggestions of Christmas evergreens and some discernable alcohol. Oily and oozing on the palate, yet efficient in its entrance and exit strategy. Finishes with lilacs, honey dew and amaretto. Nice beer - thanks for sending this my way, Styles!
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a coppery light brown color with a creamy head. Smells of intense hops, pine needles, malts and carmel. Taste has a strong bite to it. Can detect massive amouts of hops and pine needles. At first alcohol is hidden well but as the beer warms up the alcohol is more present. Very similar to a barley wine beer, yet has an IPA taste to it. An excellent IPA.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Beautiful, dark amber - almost yellowish brown head. Fat aromas of alcohol and hops. Extremely potent body, lots of sweetness and caramel on a bed of hops, hops, hops. And hops. 200+ IBUs, 10 different hop varieties and dry-hopped in 26 days is extreme by any standard. 240705
lamas (1426) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of my SecretSanta. Hazy amber pour with a thin sandy head. Aroma is quite balanced with a good bit of sweet caramelly malts and plenty of bitter hops with some underlying alcohol. A real syrupy body. Warming alcohol throughout and the IBUs are VERY tingly on the tongue. TONS of INTENSE grapefruit and pine. This probably has more IBUs than any other beer I’ve had, but it doesn’t really taste like it. The hops are well-complimented by tons of malts. For every bit of citrusy bitterness there’s an almost equal amount of caramel sweetness. Nicely done. Still, some intense stuff.
kxkeller (32) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber with a tanned head. A malty sweet nose with prune and alcohol notes and underlying hops. Taste includes much of the same characteristics with the bittering hops adding balance to the sweetness. Ends with grassy notes.