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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Dark and robust brewed in the style of a American strong ale, full bodied and screaming with hops.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2004
I had this beer on tap at the Rochester brewfest. The color is a red/amber. The taste is of nice caramel malt and followed by nice flowery/bitter hops. By far the best beer Middle Ages has put out. It seems they used a different yeast in this one. It doesn’t have the sour taste I associated with their beers.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Re-rate (3-Apr-05, 4-2-4-2-8=2.0): Huge thick butterscotch aroma. Clear brown with a ring of large-bubbled, off-white head. Orange-pine hop flavour with unbalanced, harsh bitterness. Though sweet, this doesn’t have nearly enough malt body to support. Some dark malts and strong alcohol in the finish. Medium-light body is fairly slick in texture with fair carbonation. Snifter, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle sampled with Claude, MartinT and Rastacouere.
Original Raiting (28-Apr-04, 7-4-7-4-14=3.6): American "C" hops apparent in the nose along with some caramel maltiness and a bit of diacetyl. Clear, dark brown. Good carbonation. Harsh bitterness initially gives way to malty body with good hop flavour and long sweet finish. Nice malty body and chewy mouthfeel. On tap at TapNY festival.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2004
Wow. Hoppy ale. Well balanced beer. Lots of hops with a big malt flavor. Amber in color with a nice head. Great. Bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4595) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2005 Apr 2004: TAP NY sample. Huge caramel-butterscotch nose, just a hint of leafy green hops underneath. Medium clear brown color. Caramel and plenty of hops in the flavor, slightly smoky. Much sweeter and maltier than most IIPAs I’ve had, not the greatest but quite drinkable. 8/3/6/3/13 3.3

December 2005, 22 oz bottle (Half Time, March 2005): Dusky, dirty reddish brown, lasting off-white head with fair lacing.... nose fairly harsh and spicy, woody and somewhat burnt-caramel dominated....flavor again woody, lightly bitter in a burnt, smoky way with hops relatively restrained though certainly evident in this year-old bottle....finish hoppier, bitter, resiny and tarry...full and moderately sweet throughout to counterbalance the prevailing harshness, nice black malt in the body...I underrated this before, it’s at the upper edge of bitterness/burnt for me, but it’s fairly distinctive.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2004 Bottle, 22 oz. fresh in NJ. Dark orange nad clear, with a tan lasting head, upping from 4 to 5. . Massive fresh citrus hop aroma that is totally awesome. Upping from 7 to 9. Flavor is massivly frsh in hops. Malt is subdued behind fresh hops. You would think that there would be more carmel maltiness here with the appearance, but it seams to be missing.

Draft, Tap NY. On the darker end of the spectrum.Assertively dry hopped with American hops. Sharp, piney and assertive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 22, 2004
Nose of candi sugar, sweet hops. Flavor - the hops just aren't right, maybe too much bitter and not enough floral? Deep mahogany with no head. Still a very solid brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
UPDATED: APR 18, 2005 Dark, clear copper color with a small, thin head. Caramel aroma. Sweet, big, hoppy bitter bite followed with a high alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3620) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 2, 2004
Pours hazy amber/mahogany color. Aroma is fruity--lots of citrus and some hoppiness too. Hoppy at first, middle is sweet with more fruitiness (sort of like a barleywine). Finish is bitter with alcohol burn. Very hoppy IIPA.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
on cask at david copperfield's. wow. a wonderful example of the style. it's a deep reddish brown with a simply lovely nose. it's sweet-ish, but certainly not overpowering. heavily hopped, but not unbalanced. gorgeous aftertaste. i approve, whole-heartedly.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (15490) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2003
Dark amber-brown. Lightly tanned head. Rich woody aroma with caramel maltiness. Slight chocolatey notes, rich hops. Smooth. I like this balanced, "English-style" Imperial IPA...reminds me a little of last year's Big A from Smuttynose.


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