rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jacob for sharing. Copper, thin tan head. Nose is caramel malt, fruit, relatively high hops. Flavor is caramel, alcohol, piney hop, sweet candy.
JohnnyJ (5263) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is a balanced sweet malt, caramel, and bitter hops. Pour is a clear red/brown with a large creamy off-white head. It’s got some very nice lacing too. Flavors are a pretty standard citrus, piney hops, caramel, and sweet malt. Notes of rye. Medium to heavy mouthfeel.
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, pours reddish brown with pretty tan-off white head. looks tasty. nose isn’t overly hoppy but has some nice PNW hop notes mixed with caramel, brown sugar, fruits, nuts, and a hint of alcohol. taste has lots of upfront rye and caramel notes with great juicy hops, hop bitterness isn’t over the top but very enjoyable. alcohol is very well hidden. mouthfeel is rich and full. i like the rye in this but i can hear a complaint that it’s a touch over done. the hop flavor is very nice but perhaps the nose and bitterness isn’t quite enough. overall, a very tasty and well made big beer, a nice tribute to a legend.
Tyler*Durden (72) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this is a serious beer. Packed with complex flavours, the malts and rye flavours come through, but not at the expense of the traditional IPA hops. This beer packs an initial wollop of aroma and flavour, improving as you drink it.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Unlike Lenny Bruce, I can’t quite say that I found this beer particularly interesting. There is certainly an obscene amount of rye used in this beer and it does come out.
DuffMan (8813) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2011 This is a big bold beer in every respect. Hazy copper with an almond coloured head generating scanty lace. Heady aroma of sweet bready grains, with a complex of hop scents: woody, resinous, and faintly fruity. Oily heavy mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation. Generous rich sweet malt flavour with equally generous dense hop character, all backed by a thick alcoholic warmth. Despite the magnitude of the palate elements, this beer is smooth and balanced.Intense, and more appreciated by me this time around, for some reason.
Ibrew2or3 (7930) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 22 oz bomber poured a very deep dark copper with half inch off white head that remained nickel thick to the end. Some nice lacing to boot. The aroma was sort of sweet syrupy smelling of caramelized malts, a bit of date fruitiness but mostly pine hops. I also find a slight alcohol note too. The flavor starts with pine hop bitterness that has streaks of sweet citrus running through it. The hop flavor and bitterness ride all the way through the flavor profile right to the lingering aftertaste. The hops at the beginning seem a bit sweeter than the hop bitterness infused finish. The thick mouth feel is buoyed up by caramelized maltiness that lurks in the background. Full flavored brew that embraces you with its warm and brutal nature. It’s a comfy cushy pillow of tongue crushing hops. As each ounce is consumed my taste buds really don’t adjust to the flavor assault. I’m getting the sensory stretching hoppiness right to the 22nd ounce.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of citrus hops in the aroma.Pours a red/copper color with a large off white head.Caramel malt and some bitter hops stand out in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfel with a bitter hop finish.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally tracked a few of these down...
Pours a nice medium amber color with a really good sized off white foam head. Smell is there, bitter, floral, a hint of alcohol. Taste is there right along with the smell, but with a nice bitter finish. Very good brew, and very drinkable.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the 2007 Big Beer, Belgians, & Barleywines Festival in Vail. Dark copper amber with a huge off white head and phenomenal lacing. This is a big hop head’s beer. Not quite floor cleaner, but enormous loads of pine and citrus to the aroma and the flavor. Shockingly devoid of candy sweetness, but the malt is in great combination with the big hops. Great beer.