ice_p (6) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 7, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best first impression of this beer is the dark color, hinting at the great malty balance to the abundant hops. Overall, a great beer.
HopsLOVE (6) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is very hoppy , wich I LOVE! Dark reddish brown beer, it attacked my palate with dark fruit and hops :) Overall this is a beer I woud have again & again fairly priced for a good quality.
LaFinca (6) - state college, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2011 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What can I say? This is an awesome beer. I won’t go into all the details but if you like a big bold beer, then you need to try this one. I was expecting the worse in the way of sweetness but was really surprised as to how well balanced this beer is. If you like Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, you will love this one even more since the flavor notes are so much more powerful. Warning though, this beer is not for those who love the lighter German beers or the national brands like Coors or Bud. This is what you call a true "Winter Warmer". This is a very potent brew but the abv is very well diguised.
kyrgyzbrewer (6) - Natick, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of the few beers not a milk stout or Scottish Ale that I would call silky smooth. It doesn’t kill you with either hops or malt, but it is very pleasant on both. If you like over the top hops, don’t bother, but on a cold winter night this is a wonderful IPA.
kahns (4) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color: Deep ruby red. Almost looks black in dim light.
Smell: White chocolate, hint of licorice, floral hops give way to maly sweetness.
Taste: Very well balanced, big hops and chocolaty malt. Dry and biscuty on finish. Big, beautiful and rich.
Appearance: Poured into my New Belgium snifter. Pours almost black until you hold it up to the light. 1/2 inch tan/mocha head that stays the whole time. Medium to sparse lacing.
Overall: A very big, well balnced beer that refuses to be pigeonholed into a style or class (in my opinion) Great with German chocolate cake.
Serving type: bottle
chrisreardon (2) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2010 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good semi-malty high-gravity beer. Very strong flavor. Overpowers other beers when drinking them in the same session.
roggae (2) - Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2011 does not count
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
I found this beer too bitter. It was definitely hoppy but the bitterness didn’t seem balanced in the bottle I sampled. Perhaps I should have another?