Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2005
Dark red with hints of brown, with a crown of mocha colored lace that puffed back up to a solid head after only a swirl. For a relatively old sample (bought ~10 months ago), the smell was quite fresh. Sugary and resinous hop aromas made me think of a cross between a Barleywine and a Scotch ale.
It came down like an easy drinking Barleywine, too, having the complexities I like, but with restrained cloyness and not too boozy. It’s malty, chewy and has a light, almost crack caramel flavor. The aftertaste is an interesting amalgam of sensations on my tongue; it’s candi sweet on the tip, the bitterness bites you on the sides and on the gums, and the back is bone dry. Nothing takes command, nothing overpowers, no nerve endings get scrambled. I’ve scarcely encountered an american Beer over 7% with this much balance. I’d call it a "complete" Beer. rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2005
Bottled. Sampled at Peculier Pub, N.Y.
Red-ish colour. Piney, citrusy nose. Big hop profile but with the malt very present. Full mouthfeel. Notes of apples, oranges and caramel. Little roasted as well. Big dry finish. Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2005
Pours brown with a white head. Aroma is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy, with just a bit malty sweetness. Taste is bitter, aromatic, flowery, with just enough body to make this beer . . well, a very good bastard liquidcrack (45) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2005
tap. dark read color with medium white head. nice smooth malt taste and smooth body. a very good drinking(3 or more ) beer. iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2005
Pours a dark mahogany colour with a big frothy head. Huge floral hop aroma. Nice thick mouthfeel. Great heavily hopped malt taste. If you like a good hop bite and lingering hop aftertaste this is a good one
Kinnaj15 (275) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Ruby with small head. Soft with good sweetness. Long growing dry bitter aftertaste. FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Nice aroma with notes of hops and sweetness. Dark red almost dark brown with medium white head. Very tasty with lots of hops, alcohol and sweetness. A really nice barstard! DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 30, 2005
NIce brown pour with a medium off white head to it. Nice nutty caramely smell that is also present in the taste nice syrupy feel to it. It’s like a thick brown ale real nice. jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2005
this is an overly-hopped barley wine, bottle thanks to crosling. dry-hopped with something west coast, maybe centennial? just like the description it’s aggressive with grapefruit everywhere and piney resins dominating the mouthfeel. tons of residual bitterness to counteract a lot of malt--maybe a bit too bitter to drink all that often.... bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2006 poured a gorgous dark amber/red with thick creamy head. smelled hoppy and sweet with citrus, malt and fruit aromas. tasted much the same. strong bite, nice and spicey from the hops with a rich malty depth. a great ale.