muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle bought somewhere in the midwest in August 2006, consumed from a Unibroue glass in September of that year. Dark, cherry-red color, mostly clear with a well-formed neat off-white lasting head....rather boring, simple aroma of cherry and Pine Sol and plenty of noticeable alcohol....hard-hitting attack on the taste buds though, sweet syrupy and alcoholic immediately, bitterness coming in quickly and a woody dryness midpalted that veers close to ashiness late....little in the way of rye tartness or spice detected by yours truly....finish harsh, bitter, charred. This is an unsubtle sledgehammer of an IIPA to my taste, but hopwhores might love it.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyable. Solid copper pour. Piny notes in the nose. Nice IPA bitterness in the mouth, atouch of citrus, some alcohol mellowed by some malts. Would have again. (but it’s no Pliny)
TomDecapolis (4485) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this. Pours a translucent copper amber with a large bubbly/creamy off white head that laced. Aroma of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, floral and some citrus. Flavor was toasty, nuts, sweet caramel, light hop bitterness and some grapefruit.
hopdog (8952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Poured deep amber / copper color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of floral, rye bread, and light citrus. Tastes of caramel, very light rye, and citrus (oranges and grapefruit). Light to medium alcohol in the finish. On the sweeter side.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear red body with topped by a white ring. Did the color play trick on me but I got lots of non-sour cherries out of it. Other sweet fruits followed then a grassy flavour and then finally a fruity hops mild bitterness. Alcohol presence was what you expect for a 10%. The body was very oily and the carbonation was average. Decent beer but nothing spectacular. Rest In Pale Ale when you die!?! Jews do that?!? Where’s the nearest synagogue I’m converting.
Bartzilla (534) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oy vey! What a massive beer this is. Love the bottle. Smell is of punishing sweetness, but you can still tell hops await your tongue. Dark hued, but that makes sense with all the malts I got from the first sip. Pretty hot tasting, but delicious all the same. The malt bill must be obscene to take the lead over that hop bill. I like it in a way I like to occasionally get trashed and not go to work the next day... fun, but you can’t make it a habit. A fine offering. HUGE beer.
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2014 Any first impressions?
-A ring of foam circles the misty russet.
-Candied fruit and earthy, coniferous hops firmly greet the nostrils.
-The wooden, earthy hoppiness hangs on to every tastebud, but knows when to relax, as the sweet fruity caramel passes by.
-The easygoing carbonation and tangible rye produce a nourishing mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-The finishing jeafy bitterness is pleasurable, and not overdone.
-Alcohol bites alongside the hop bitterness, so it doesn’t bother the flavor profile that much.
-I found this to be a well-crafted strong ale, which even aspired to balance after a while. Intelligently composed, but somehow not as memorable as it could be.
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark amber body with medium off-white head. Aroma of hops and sweet malts though none are very strong. The taste is mostly bitter with a slight sweetness (notes of butterscotch, lemon, caramel). The sweet malts do not come near complimenting the bitter aftertaste. In fact, the flavors are far from complimentary. Medium body, sticky texture. The alcohol reveals itself at the end.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 25, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Firey amber with insta-ring head. The nose is surprisingly subdued - some alcohol heat hits me first, followed by rose petal hops. The body is creamy and full with rye, but comes off flat as did the nose. Just a sweet, jumbled mess with little definition. Annoying, alcohol induced bitter note lingers long into the finish. Blah at best. What a clunker for #500, oh well.
ElGaucho (2211) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich, malty aroma; not overly hoppy. Red body with an off-white, frothy head. Very nice. Excellent lace. Good visible carbonation. High alcohol presence. Sweet. Molasses. Some harshness. Enjoyable, yet somewhat undefined.