boto (1922) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 12 oz. bottle, sampled 4-14-04: The beer is a cloudy mahogony color. There was quite a bit of head immediately after the pour, but it went down quickly. Aroma has notes of grapefruit hops, maybe a hint of maple syrup too? The taste is actually a bit harsh: I had expected it to mellow more. Strong hop taste with a huge malt body evening the taste out. There was a hint of an almost burnt roastiness of chocolate in the background. Good, but I expected it to be better.
SmokeyJ (20) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong and weird after taste. Thought I would like this one. But the aftertaste is just not for me.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 2006 Bottled again, Wouldnít change much other than my overall(16), Iíve since had a few more b.w.ís and thou this is an easier example of the style, I donít think it changes the beer for me really, right? Odd hop linger at first w/ med. malt body, the middle is alcoholic and da hops shine thru. The end is nice and sharp, like pine syrup.... Whatever, Iíd rate it higher this time maybe a 3.6ish
2004. Hops! Too sharp for me. There is sawdust here. The beer is basically rough on all sides. Alcohol was defiantly noted.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Great citricy grapefruit aroma, deep amber color with good amount of head. At first all you taste is the heavy malts, but it is quickly followed up with a very hoppy bitter aftertaste that lasts. I agree that the beer does have a decent balance to it, but to me, the 9.6% alcohol is very apparent in its flavor.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours very rich burgundy, with a head that lasts forever. Aroma is very citrusy hoppy, taste is very strong, with a finish like mud. (no kidding)
pman (26) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The one to have if you're only having one. Remarkable that the alcohol doesn't overpower the flavor at all.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Hops, dark fruit aroma with a hint of grapefruit. Dark dusty brown with a thinnish head. Hop assult is quickly balanced by alcohol and toasted, almost burnt malt. Silky mouthfeel.
ericb1980 (2) - orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2004 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wonderful! I was not sure what to make of this one, I picked it up in a 6 pack relatively cheap. Pours a very dark amber/redish color with a pale, light head that subsided quickly. The high content is well masked. This is one I will be picking up again for sure.
SpeedwayJohnny (18) - Florida, USA - APR 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer best exemplifies the relationship between hops and hemp! It smells like green pot (and grapefruit!). Nice balance, with enough malt backbone to partially tame those hops. Brown color, with some head (which mostly disappears). Quite a drinking experience, and all "hop-heads" should seek it out. I like all of their brews, and this is one of their best.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
strong aroma of pine and malt. tatses very sweet and syrupy with a refreshing hop aftertaste. very nice color and head but poor retention. very tasty!