JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Dark reddish brown color, opaque. Big citrus aroma. Flavor is somewhat bitter, piney, citrusy and very malty (syrupy). I think this beer will age in to a classic, for now it is a slightly maltier version of bigfoot. I'm going to keep at least a sixer. Look for yearly re-rates! jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 29, 2003
Aroma of big sweet malts,chocolate, soy sauce, hops. The flavor was predominatly of soy sauce, behind this I could detect some chocolate and a noticable hoppiness. I did not like the soy sauce taste as it over powered the other flavors,however I had this at a tasting when it was said to be only a few weeks old so I think that as it ages it will improve. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2003
This is more of a Barleywine than anything...Caramelly, sweet, slightly fruity nose from the dark brown beer. Big heavy body, warm alcohol to the belly, lots of malty flavors followed by a nice hops finish. To think this gets better with age... I paid $48 for a case at the brewery! LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2003
A very complex, fully loaded beer with sweet hoppy malt flavor. This beer will age well like other high alcohol beers. urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Tasted very young, the flavors hadn't completely integrated, but enough to know it was a winner. The hops are quite American and loaded in the front. This subsides. Then there is rich malt, carried perfectly with a slim body. This brewery is great with managing mouthfeel.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2003
From the Kalamazoo's tasting at the brickskeller: A lot about this beer was beyond description. You know that when the only word whe brewer uses to describe it as "big" you have an enigma. This was an execellent beer, i was just not able to pull out any distinct flavors (there were too many too choose). I'd REALLY like to get my hands on this after it has had a year or so to age. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2003
Goooooooooood stuff. Categorized as an American Strong Ale for no other reason than it's a strong ale from America, but doesn't really fit with any other beers I've had. Is a dark, murky reddish-brown. Fascinating nose, smells of ginger and root beer, some fruit. Initial burst of flavor is IIPA-hoppy, tart like chewing on a Vitamin C tablet. Has some mild butterscotch/toffee character in the malts. Really interesting finish, like Altoids were added to the mix, interesting mintiness. Ends with a bit of smokiness/tobacco. Nice creamy and full palate. Really fascinating stuff, tastes like they combined three or four different kinds beers together, but the mixing really worked quite well. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2003
(Brickskeller Bells 10/03) Body is fairly clear red-brown. Aroma is medium sweet -- grapefruit and root beer. Taste is medium sweet, grapefruit, chocolaet. Medium full body that hides the alcohol pretty well. Expect it to improve on aging.