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RATINGS: 4268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth.

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4.3
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2005
I’m probably the only person on this site capable of actually drinking this beer. Like the label says you can’t handle and and wont like it. Stick to the fizzy yellow beers kid. I’ll be off in the corner enjoying this :) Ok enough arrogance, this beer is a beautiful red beer with a nice thick tan head. Long on malt taste that just keeps on going. At first it seems simple, but then as the taste goes on it gets more complex. Great taste, great beer.

3.9
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Bottle: Beautiful ruby highlights; rich, creamy in texture. Hoppy, but nice roasted malt and caramel on the front provide for an almost perfect balance. I just had sampled the Ruination Ale and the 05 Vertical Epic on the previous night so, this one suffers slightly in comparison.

4.6
MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2005
If there could be a perfect beer made for me this is got to be as close as it gets. Rich crimson color that poured a beutiful thick tan cloudy head that looked like it was put on top by a whipped cream can. The aroma was a perfect blend of malt snd hops, flowers and fruits. The taste was everything and more that the aroma hinted it would be. A long thick tongue tingling of malt, fruits and hops that took forever before ending with just the right amount of bitteness. This beer made you say "WOW " with every sip, please let this linger for awhile. Yet it beckons you to quickly pick me up and have another. This beer isn’t arrogant it pure genius!

3.1
ahole (38) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 25, 2005
HOP! In a word, HOP. Did I mention the hoppy hopiness. By the way, there is a lot of hop to this hop hop hop hop hopyhop. Lastly, you’ll notice the undertones of hop in this glass of liquified hops.

4.1
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
You’re probably too stupid to understand this review. Nothing I hate worse than casting pearls before swine...but one more time...slowly so you might get it! It pours a beautiful red with a briefly lingering head. The stunning aroma is a hophead dream...grapefruit and pine. Wonderful balance between the intense hop bitterness and the equally intense roasted malt sweetness. Very warming alcohol presence. Great ASA. Why do I waste my time telling you anything? Christ! I’m surrounded by idiots!!!

3.6
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2006 pours dark, aroma of hops!!!! and citrus. The flavor is well not my cup of tea very hoppy bitter, this is a beer that you either love or hate, good body, not my thing. Re-rate 8/28/06, must say after nearly 1000 beers my palate has been developed for this brew now. Good thing to always re-rate brew you found to be offensive. I still wouldn’t say this is a great brew sampled but i am feeling a damn good brew. Pours a deep deep amber with a large beige head. Great fruit and citrus aroma. Flavor is now liveable, and hops are not as harsh as i originally thought, this is my second re-rate, this brew gets better everytime.

4.1
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
Pours a clear drak brown color with ruby highlights and a medium offwhite head. Very appealing and seductive aroma of crème brulée, caramel and hops. Excellent flavor of crème brulée, roasted malt, hops and caramel with a bitter finish. The body is medium and the texture creamy. I remember drinking this a couple years ago but didn’t remember it to be that good.

4.5
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Nice brown / reddish tinge with a graying head that’s bubbly and foamy. Aroma is pineapple, mango, melon and grapefruit sprinkled with sugar. Wafts of amaretto, greasy potato chips and bubble gum also surface from time to time. Okay, let’s party. Hops and grapefruit flavors come out swinging. Honey suckle and rose. Damn this is tasty. Hops infusion is a welcomed intrusion. Dry scratchiness, like sandpaper on the palate. More malt presence than Ruination, adding some maple and honey sweetening for a solid malt backbone. Finish is rum raison and rose herbal tea. Yeah! Good f*cking beer. Thanks, tpkenned!

4
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Nice red body with an off-white head. Nice foamy head. Good amount of hop in the aroma. The taste contains a bunch of different hop attributes, citrusy, piney. The hop taste comes on strong, but tasty. Very good brew.

4
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Nice hoppy and malted aroma, very dark almost off brown,maybe dark cherry color, creamy head. As an ale it definitely was a surprise as the malt seems to offset the hops just enought to balance it to just enough bite. I really enjoyed it.


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