Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark garnet color. Great plum/ripe fruit aroma. Strong alcohol prescence that seems to soften at mid-bottle. Oak notes with a slight smokiness in the flavor. Overall, a very complex beer thats like nothing i’ve ever had.
babycakes (24) - White Plans, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazingly good. It is syrupy. Taste like it has chocolate in it. A little bit too strong on alcohol, though.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #52: Totally unique. Malty and rich, complex and somewhat spicy. Truly delicious. Thanks to: Da_Silky1, Sick_boy283 and Trader Joe’s ($1.99/ 12 oz.and well worth it.)
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good god! This one’s truly amazing. It’s an ale...wait, a porter...no, a schwarzbier. Fascinating flavor! Must get more.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
batch #3, pured a thick black with a softlong lasting beige head. very malty and complex , traces of molasses, milk chocolate, oak and sherry.
all these flacors mask the alcohol very well.
great palate - silky and full with enough carbonation
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding one of the best beers I have ever had. Perhaps the most complex american made beer I have had. Simply wonderful.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch #26. Dark ruby-black in color, not much carbonation, woody-liquorice aroma.Very smooth soft, creamy mouthfeel. Tastes of oak and smokey chocolate.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 10, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch #47: Very dark amber color. Extremely LARGE head and LONG-LASTING head, tan in color. Medium sized nose of sweet malt, bannana and spice - very unique aromas. Medium to full palate, crisp due to carbonation (this thing is carbonated!). Big flavors of sweet malt, roasted notes, some spice, with a touch of bittersweet hops. Long bittersweet finish with a touch of drying hops - smooth finish. Excellent beer. Very rich and big on flavors - reminds me of an overblown barleywine.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 47.Poured a huge tan head that was thick and the consistency of whipped cream. Reddish brown color. Aroma was malty with a hint of hops balancing it out. Very little alcohol in the nose considering the ABV. The head is now receding in the glass around the edges leaving a floater of foam in the middle. Now the first taste. WOW! Huge roasted malt taste but the hops are standing out perfectly. Alcohol is present but sitting nicely in the background. Carbonation is high explaining the head but also giving a velvety mouthfeel that lets the beer just slide down. For such a big beer this is remarkably easy to drink.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 45. One of the most interesting beers I’ve ever had. I was slightly put off by the strong alcohol but intrigued by the boldness of it all. A sipping beer to end all sipping beers. One of the first times I’ve found myself enjoying hops this strong.