Crockett (1139) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
Pours clear dark red with probably the rockiest most ample tanned head that I have ever seen. The beer is actually pretty tricky to pour due to the amount and retention of the firm suds. Aroma is stong of citrus/grassy hop and equalled with sweet toffee like malts. Mouthfeel is excellent and creamy and the carry over from nose to palate is almost uncut. Lots of invert sugar to the point that it tastes almost English. Hops are always present, but not as forward as predicted. Wheaty, chocolate, toffee, and lovely bittersweet hops. Dry finish. eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Dark red with a fluffy tan head. Hoppy aroma. Incrediable balance. I could taste the hops throughout; mostly at the start and finish. However the body has nice lush malts. Packs a great hop finish. Mouthfeel is almost creamy due to the malt body. I could feel the hops drag across my tongue as well. The malts are sweet, but balanced by the hops. Outstanding brew. The finish is rather dry and seems to become more dry with each sip. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
Bottle, Cafe Volo. Dark orange/brown pour. Huge tan head. Really interesting strong scotch ale type of aroma - hops and malt! Really strong sweet taste. Potent. Remarkably well balanced for being this aggressive. At times it can be a little too much, but this is a wonderful strong ale. I prefer the Rye only because it added a little more flavour and complexity, but this is still and excellent beer. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Pours a dark brown color with reddish tints and a large tan head. Harsh earthy hop aroma. Overly aggressive and harsh earthy hop flavors. If this was a wine I might think that it just wasn’t ready to drink yet. Unimpressed and dissappointed. Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2005
On tap at the brewery...which makes it taste better of course. Nice red brown pour with a decent sized head. Caramel, cholcolate, hops and some citrus....and it tastes just wonderful.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Reddish brown color, medium sized white head. Citrusy hop aromatics. Malty sweet nose, followed by a huge caramel malt flavor with equally large Cascade type hops. Finish is a slight lingering sweetness muted by a building bitter mouthcoat. Mouthfeel is pretty lackluster for an American strong. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma is loaded with malt with chocolate, caramel, molasses, and some light hops. Pours a reddish-brown with some transparency and an off-white head. Caramel and chocolate up front with a roasty rye and hop finish. Hops linger into the aftertaste. Braudog (6898) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 16, 2005
Poured with a monstrous rocky head, over a highly sedimented dark red beer. The aroma is a striking cross of caramel and light hop, but the flavor is full-on caramel malt ... but then comes that little hop tingle in the aftertaste. This is big-bodied and big-flavored, not for the meek. tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 14, 2005
22 oz bottle. Pours with a huge head that lasts. Tarnished penny in color with crystal clarity. Aroma, like the flavor, has an excellent balance between sweet maltiness and lingering hop bitterness, being big on both accounts. Overall, an excellent brew (better than Arrogant Bastard) that I’ll look forward to once NC pops that annoying 6% cap. Dorwart (2613) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Nice dense head of fine bubbles. Creamy on top. Light carbonation. Roasty aroma with roasted grains, hint of soy sauce and dry dog food. Malts become more prevalent as the brew warms. Color is a very dark reddish brown. Dry and roasty flavors. Dry roasted peanuts, a little bitterness and a touch of sweet malts. Slightly chalky. Dry and bitter finish with a lingering roasted flavor. Hides its alcohol well. A decent brew but not all that special.