biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-2004.Clear amber color with a solid tan head. Sweet, hoppy aroma with some rubbing alcohol and a bit of yeast. Fruity, malty and very hoppy flavor. A touch of diacytl. Extremely well balanced ale. The body, bitterness, sweetness, malt flavors and hop character all compliment each other with out dominating. That said, it doesn’t seem as amazing to me as years past. Perhaps it is my own palate changing.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2004 Edition - A big tan head sits atop a beautiful dark orange body. Big hop aroma. Very hoppy, spicy brew with a bit of sweetness. Dry finish.
Kevin (2066) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
04- pours a nice orange themed light amber with a marshmallow like fluffy head. hops are dominant in the nose very citrusy. very sharp hop grapefruit/pineapple flavor up front. malty sweetness is evident throughout but comes out more as this baby warms.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 edition: pours a red amber color fairly thin head, beige colored. Fruity malt aroma. Nice, kinda spicy taste. Pretty well balanced and full bodied. Nice and hoppy throughout, good bitter bite.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 edition. Pours a deep red with a fluffy white head that lasts for a long time finally leaving some nice lacing behind. Very smooth well balanced beer. Floral hops shine in the aroma with a light maltiness. Taste starts with a mild sweetness, light toasty caramel taste and finishes with some citrus hops that add a bit of fruitiness to the brew.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2006 Bottle. 2004. Large rocky head with excellent lacing. Clear orange/copper color. Notes of cookie flowers, perfume, and herbs in the nose. Nice hop bitterness with notes of resin and herbs with a heavy malt background. Full bodied with a slick texture and notes of dust in the body. Nice lingering bitterness after a dry finish.
Update: Almost 2 years in the bottle and it starting to taste very malty but with a good hop flavor and bite. That is the benchmark of a good brewer. Beer that holds up to aging but is great fresh. This beer now is more like a barley wine with lower alcohol.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with an unwavering head that laces on down the glass. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops, but there is a subtle sweetness in there as well. Flavor is initially bitingly bitter, but mellows to a warm spicy maltiness. Finishes dry with more hop flavors. Medium bodied.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004- Amber/Brown body, with a thick off-white head. Aroma is hoppy, with caramel, sugar. Very nice hoppy taste, alcohol sweetness, with a slight spice taste to it. Pretty good.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2004 On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern...Oh, what a beer. This is my first year having this beer on tap and what a priveledge it was...I’ve been driving from ATL to Nashville for many years to get this nectar but praise HB645 which brought her here to me legally..beautiful ruby red color with a nice fluffy white head...Excellent use of hops by the gang at Sierra..very hoppy through and through truly pleasant to drink
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2005 Huge frothy head with gobs of lingering lacework. A perfect copper color...highest marks for beauty. Less aroma than I’d expect for a winter beer, but has a chesnut quality. Assertively hopped, bitter and flavorful. Grapefruit and more grapefruit, some complexity, but the bitterness overwhelms. Poorly balanced as it is meant to be. Not as warming as some, but the huge hops makes up for some of that. I look forward to this beer every year.