forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear brown, ruby red color. big malty and hoppy nose, along with some alcohol. taste is full flavored.. lots of rich caramel malt flavor along with some hop bitterness, and plenty of piney hop favor. very full bodied
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like walking through a forest of the big C’s of hops. Good lace and nice and viscous. Flavor is thin for the first second then fills your mouth with hops buds, really drys your mouth. A good beer, needs a tad more balance.
knights97 (109) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2009 Grabbed this one draft at the flying saucer, and loved it. The body is amber, thick in nature, filled with hops but not dry hops like many other high alcohol beers. Taste is filled with caramel and taste a bit of roasted malts, this is well balanced.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very nice, super hoppy, red ale. Lingering bitterness, probably 85% of what Nugget Nectar accomplishes. A nice beer, but a bit pricey at 10 a 4 pack,
Extra credit awesomeness for best labels in the business.
damienv10 (108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Taco Mac. Opaque brown. Nose is slightly fruity and hoppy. Taste again is slightly fruity with dark malt. Finish is fairly hoppy. This is when the beer turned monstrous. I don’t know if it was a bad batch, an old keg, or just me, but there was this kind of stale/wet cardboard box taste in with the hops at the end as the beer came up to temperature. The beer was good other than that. Will definitely try again.
mattern33 (106) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Medium amber cloudy color. Malty aroma. Malty flavor nd palate. More malty than i like. Too malty; not a hop variety i enjoy. Eh.
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
*liked it ok, would not buy*
aroma: smells nice, carmel hops . floral.
app: hazy brown amber.
flavor: HOPS. dry mealy malts. nice balance. its ok. not my tea.
OA: good beer. not enough malt magic for me.
mbeem (104) - New Hope, Alabama, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2006 Whoa!! A big beer with a big personality!! Pours a cloudy dark red with a 1 finger light tan head. Nose explodes with floral hops, citrus, grapefruit, earthy grasses, hints of roasted malt and pine needles. Incredibly complex flavor of citrus, morphs to a malty sweetness that takes the bite off the hops. A hint alcohol in the finish rounds it all out. Oily mouth feel. Much more enjoyable IMO than the "Bastard"
burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This thing really is a monster!!. Dark red, hops try and jump you the second you pop the cap. Smells serious with a huge resinous sent with dark caramel malts in the background. Tastes malty sweet with a slight roasty tinge and finishes with that huge hop bitterness. Very good brew that lives up to its name.
TheCEO (100) - USA - APR 1, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2007 What an experience...This is a Beer’s Beer. I can’t see myself drinking anything better than this in the immediate future. It is officially my favorite as of right now. UPDATE - I’ve bought all the remaining bottles of this in my hometown of Chattanooga, TN. Chat Town is MY town, bitches.