1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Nessun Dorma. Pours to a nice amber body with a thick creamy white head that’s merengue-like. Nice lacing. The aroma is nice and dry-hopped. Citrus, caramel, the flavor is really hoppy. Quite bitter. Must be 100 IBU? Can cut through any food. So much hop oils. Really friggen bitter.
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This a another great beer from the greatest brewery ever. The color is very nice and dark, with a pretty and creamy head. The aroma is thick and full of malt, sweetness, and hops. The flavor is strong with sweetness, spice and roasted malt. A great strong bitterness finishes the beer. Excellent.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2006 12 oz. bottle Beautiful deep garnet color with medium head. Faint malty nose , but hops dominate. Barely noticeable alcohol , flavor is again dominated by hops. Very enjoyable. .Re-rated 09/22/06. Head is much larger with better structure and durability, nice lace. Medium body with slight stickiness, medium carbonation. Some burnt caramel, dark cherry, grapefruit bitterness. Long bitter finsih. this years version seems a little better to me.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich roasted caramel and toffee malts artfully balanced by a heap of hops...mainly of the Pacific Northwest citrus/grapefruit variety. Very tasty and repeatable...Nice long-lasting bitterness right through the lingering finish, too.
Panzuriel (1296) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark Coppery brown liquid with a nice beige head. Nose is dry and very strong hoppy. Taste is full, hoppy and more dry bitterness that evolves and lingers. Mouthfeel is somewhat less than expected, yet still a bit tangy or fizzy. Finishes dry and good back of the mouth bitters.
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a beautiful brick red color with a white head that was gone before I was done smelling it. The aroma was a lot of grapefruit and hay. Big flavor with a bite, but I had no idea this was an 8% beer, as I didn’t read anything first and the alcohol was well hidden.
Very enjoyable. Thanks again OhioDad!!
Pailhead (4755) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is buttery caramel with hints of citrus and flowery hops. Pours a bright transparent reddish-orange with a small white head. Lots of caramel and toffee up front, but it comes across slightly watery. Finishes with a light grapefruit hoppiness that seems to increase in the aftertaste and then lingers for some time.
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is basically a pretty good but not stellar IIPA,huge hop aroma,nicely balanced with just mild hints of malt sweetness and citrus. Incredibly drinkable.
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A reddish amber color with a tan head. The aroma had sweet caramel, apple, slightly toasted malts. A moderately spiced and hoppy flavor with caramel. Smooth and enjoyable throughout. Thanks to OhioDad (Scott) for the trade.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A reddish brown color witha light spotty white topping that is gone within seconds. Has a really big hop aroma thing goin on that quickly turns into fuel kinda like nailpolish remover. I got just a medium malt thing goin on in the body with maybe some spices or veggies or something.