AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours copper with a bright red glow. Thick head lasts and lasts. Big hoppy citrus aroma with lots of caramel malt to back it up. Flavor is slightly sweet. Body is a bit heavy at first and then this huge bitterness comes through and cleans the pallette nicely. Surprisingly refreshing for a beer of this magnitude.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a nice dark amber. Thin white head that sticks around until the very end. Aroma of caramel and sticky hops. Goes down real smooth. Wonderfully bitter mouthfeel that lingers in the back of your throat. Alcohol is hidden throughout, which is surprising.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled this twice both times there was cheese pizza and let me say they are a perfect match. Hints of roasted malts, crystal, good american hops. Pours copper/amber. Good flavor, the alcohol is hidden, tastes like a really really good ESB, great crystal malt flavor with slight hints of roasted barley, giving a slight nutty taste, a good dose of hops to balance out that 9.9%. Great beer.
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber brew with an amber head that reduces fairly quickly. Aroma of rich, sweet roasted malts and hops. Flavor is rich, tasty, dark caramel, molassas, honey, significantly bitter and plentiful hops. Similar to the profile of a hoppy barleywine, but not quite as in your face. All in all a tasty treat.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with small head and some brussels lace. The aroma is hoppy, some malt, sugars and a touch of smoke? Flavor is bitter with a hint of sweetness in the background. This beer definitely grew in character and flavor as it warmed.
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark amber with a touch of redness with a medium size off white head.
smells of hops and little like ice tea.
taste is a little sweat, nice balance of hops and malts, slightly bitter in the end, a little carinated too.
overall a really nice beer.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle...dark amber color with a big rocky head...good hop and malt balance in the aroma...head is hangin in there longer than expected with awesome lacing...bitter taste with with sweet caramel, malt finish....great mouthfeel and lacing is still there after 5 minutes.....I realy like this one (maybe a little more than Maximus)
krysztofar (344) - belleville, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber from north belt west liqour. pours an impressive ruby red/brown color with an off-white bubbly head. slightly sweet caramel malt aroma with perfumy hops. velvety smooth presence in the mouth with a satisfying aromatic hop bitterness. toasty and dry with a touch of toffee coming through in the middle.
lb4lb (2547) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2007
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a gorgeous rich mahagony color, with some nice lasting white head. Smell is pretty nice and hoppy with a slight touch of malt perhaps and a bit of noticeable alcohol present especially as it warms some. Taste isn’t undrinkably bitter as I feared, and is nicely hopped however, but the noticeable alcohol taste rather, is what caused me to not like it too much. Finish is mild lasting bitterness and chest warming alcohol. I’m sure this is good for the style, but I don’t like tasting the alcohol in my beer, and this is probably just part of the Strong Ale style. You’ll definitely feel it creeping up on you faster than a regular beer.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2007
2.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Let me be clear about this... I am not a fan of very bitter beers, so this may not be a helpful review for you. However beautiful it looks and smells can’t help the bitter progression in my mouth. The appearance is great but I just can’t handle drinking a beer and actually tasting the alcohol.