Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 14, 2003
Not an imperial IPA in the way of Stone Ruination; really a barleywine, albeit a very hoppy one, but that's not exactly rare on the West Coast. Layers of maltiness and fine hop bit at the end, but this beer isn't particularly mesmerizing. Good, but not great. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2003
As it sets in the glass, a obscure copper color, the head modest in size, the texture frothy, the color a light tan and it dissipates rather quickly leaving a patchy bit of lace upon the glass. Ah the sweet smell of malt, hops, and to me a bit of butterscotch also present, fresh and inviting is the nose. Ambrosial start, the top middling in its feel, the finish is minimally carbonated, the hops explode on the palate like a fourth of July sky rocket, dry as a desert bone aftertaste and quite a pleasant beer to quaff and one I think most “Hop Heads” will enjoy. mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2003
On tap: Copper color. Sherry-ish, almost oxidized flavor. This is not a bad quality and adds to the complexity of the beer. More of a Barley Wine than a Double IPA. Sweet. Full bitterness. Malty. Very good! herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Deschutes can't really produce too bad of a beer but this doesn't really fit my taste buds. They aftertaste lingers. Nice coppery color. For me though this is hard to drink. Very strong taste of alcohol that sort of leaves a bad feeling in my mouth. The hoppiness is of course good though. drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Very interesting. This was quite possibly the most perfumy beer I've had. The hops came across in the nose as just the ripest flowers, but kind of wierd. After sipping this...blast of malt, very sweet and mixing oddly with that flowery hop presence - brown sugar, rose oil and grass.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Nice amber orange in color with a minimal head. Aroma is a combination of fruity malt and alcohol. The alcohol definitely comes through in the taste but it is still smooth and not overwhelming. It adds a kick to the end of this beer though that sticks with you for a few sinus clearing moments. This is a good strong ale, not quite a barley wine as described on the bottle. It is well balanced and strong. I would say this is the best and most complex Deschutes beer that I have tasted so far. MrGregAD199 (65) - Medford, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2003
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 13, 2003
I found this to be quite nice....amber color, with a minimal head, and a lovely hop aroma. The hops were predominant in the flavor as well, but there was an element of sweetness, though I thought the alcohol was masked quite well. A nice cross between a barleywine and an IPA, and another winner from Deschutes. baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 I'm with the crowd on this one. Its good, but not great. Hoppy aroma is strong but did not seem complex. It has a very nice caramel malt aroma but I wish it had more depth. The astringent finish was a bit much, but the touch of roast was very well placed (in the finish). I have one bottle to age. Hopefully those malt aromas come around, may be too late for the hops. GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2003
Got a chance to rate this with Zach in Portland oon the way back to Eugene. A rarity indeed and I was pretty stoked. the stuff is really good too. NIce copper body. Candied fruits, nice and ripe & of course, alcohol. Woah, definitely super hoppy, loaded with fruits, bitter hops and is slightly acidic, but
even with plenty of alcohol and hops it still balances well.