omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rosy golden color with a fluffy white head. Particulate matter in suspension doesn't move very much, which is really cool. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with hints of apple and burnt sugar. Flavor caresses the tongue slowly with malty sweetness, then draws back to leave the sting of alcohol and bitterness of hops on the back of the tongue.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Pours hazy dark amber color with a huge creamy off-white head that settled at a leisurely pace. Aroma is rich, malty, fruity with a sweet bread nose and citrus and mild earth notes. Flavor is amazingly complex, sweet like malt syrup with lots of hop bite and citrus flavors. Thick body and creamy carbonation when rolled around them mouth. Nice brew from HotD!
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cloudy amber in colour with a huge head and fantastic lacing. Nose is floral and citrus. Flavour is sweet with a spicy hoppiness. Finish is dry, hops and alcohol.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge white frothy head that is long lasting, orange cloudy. The nose is very citrusy w hops + flowers. The taste is starts sweet and full, middle and finish are hoppy w lots of alcohol. Body is alcoholy.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
POUR CAREFULLY. The beer pours with a huge head (more head then beer). The cloudy caramel color with a huge white head of fine bubbles. The head fade very slowly. The aroma is of hops and malt. Flavor is big on the hops more spicey then piney or citrusy but all hop flavors are present. There is also a nice medium roasted malt taste that is a very good and unique contrast to the large hop profile. The alcohol is almost unnoticable. Great beer.
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, batch 51. Cloudy copper with a ridiculous head that just WILL NOT DIE. Butterscotch, plums, port in the nose, decadent and rich. Immense in the flavor profile also, very thick and viscous supporting a massive caramel sugariness along with biting orangey hops. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but very well-balanced, powerful and memorable.
Cobra (1100) - - MAR 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From batch number 46. 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date seen anywhere, but let's face facts, none is really needed at this strength. Loud pfffttt when opened. Poured out a murky, cloudy, full of yeast burnt orange color, with an enormous head that wouldn't quit. I don't know what HOTD puts in their beers to make the head so huge, but it works, and works well. Almost too well.
Anyway, it smells like fresh cut Timothy hay, candi sugar, Brach's caramel candies, and alcohol. No fusels in here though, which is a really good thing. Tastes are exactly like it smells. Caramel candies, strong malt backbone, sweet esters, almost floral in taste.
Hops make their presense known, but in a vague sort of way. It's like you know they're there, but they sneak in and out on you. This is truly a great beer, and Fred Eckhardt should be very proud they named a beer after him. Finished sweet, caramel-ly, and slightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, carbonation is high, but in check. A one of a kind beer. I like it. You will too.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Pours clear dark amber with a BIG off-white head. Aroma of dark fruit, honey, vanilla, an awesome blend of hops. Flavor has notes of caramel, yeast, belgian spiciness, raisins/dark fruit, brown sugar, honey, toasty malt, citrus, vanilla and a diverse palate of hops. Pleasantly sweet and malty. Some hop bitterness detected in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and round with very fizzy carbonation at first and then it takes a few minutes to calm down. Awesome head retention. Highly recommended.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2007 Batch 50. Huge creamy off-white head above a medium amber body. Excellent lacing. Sweet hoppy dark fruit aroma. A bit like Old Foghorn, IMO... vanilla, light licorice, alcohol, and fruit. Starts a bit sweet and citrus-like hoppy with more of a bitter pine finish. Palate is a bit oily and lively with bubbles. Nice medium body with a constant almost overly bitter background. Great drink. 8 / 5 / 7 / 3 / 17
Update 12/24/2007 - 8 / 5 / 8 / 4 / 17
VAYankee (345) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy dark golden body with an amazingly large white head. Aroma is sweet malt(like maple syrup) , moderately hoppy, and mild alcohol presence. Sweet, slightly tangy flavor with elements of honey, citrus, malt, faint spice, and a bit of alcohol burn. Nicely balanced, mellow finish leaves a pleasing, sweet aftertaste.