Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
’03 bottle. Pours orangey with low carbonation. Smell is overwhemingly hoppy with all the usual hop elements present. Taste has more of that awesome hop profile with some nice caramelly notes. Thick mouthfeel and citrussy finish. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
03/04/04 vintage....and i want to start off by saying this is a remarkable brew....orangish yellow appearance with a definite amber hue...small white, yet quickly removed, head...aroma is huge in malts, with awesome caramel, sugar, candy, spice, and dark fruit notes added to a floral hop backbone...flavor is huge as well is all these categories...alcohol does not dominate at all, which was a huge relief...caramels, fruits, candied apples, spices, and citrus hops....somewhat piney as well; has a perfect syrupy palate....an amazing beer overall harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2006
very hard to believe that it contains so much alcohol. remarkably smooth. delicious. not way too hoppy though. all around good Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 20, 2006
What to say..... Just a ridiculous beer. The nose is a torrent of citrus, earth, evergreen, candy dish, star anise, etc.......The palate, destroyed. Destroyed by the obscene and unpretentious abv. Destroyed by the claimed 120 IBUs. Syrupy malt gives off candied fruit, toffee, vanilla, and sherry elements. Please age for at least one year, two or six if you can stand it. I really do think that this guy is a novelty beer. They brewed to prove they could, you drink to say you did. Certainly not heaven in the mouth, more like a busy train station at 5 p.m. Maybe do with a cigar, but it will overwhelm it. Maybe with dessert? The sugar is too intese, Maybe after a hard day? Not refreshing.
Question? who sold there soul for the yeast? natrat (66) - Ucluelet, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2006
2004 Vintage, shared among about 5 people at a beer tasting. Poured rich rose brass colour. Head slightly off white, with a yellow tinge to it. Head tight and smelly. Nice. Aroma was fruity for such a highly hopped beer. Because the abv is not on the label, and because I had not really read the label or read reviews on this beer, the alcohol rocked me a bit. The sweetness of this beer offsets the hopping. In fact, I would have liked a little more bittering to go with my mouthful of golden syrup. Definitely one for the stash. Mouthfeel was as thick as the taste. Good ’un.
segfault (103) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2006
2004 vintage. Off white head with low carbonation and a clear, orangey copper color. Aroma is floral hop and apricot notes, honey, and spice. The flavor is malt, bitterness, and nice hop floral notes. A velvety mouthfeel. Hints of apricot. Not as hoppy as I expected. The alcohol hides well. TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 didnt know what to expect from this one. so much hype, but also a lot of shit talk. i enjoyed every sip. wish they were still making this in the big bottles. very sweet--almost like a barleywine, but also retained some of the hop qualities that makes dfh ’minute beers’ great. nice job sammy! CMUBEERMAN (458) - - JAN 11, 2006
Similar to what I said about the 90 min, but double. Where are the hops? if i were going to continously hop a beer for this long, it wouldn’t taste like this...it would kick your ass. It’s also so sweet you can’t taste the alcohol. Maybe this is what the brewers were going for, but it turned me off. It’s not nearly as good as the 90 min or other 2xIPAs commonly available. beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2006
(01.07.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Bottle label states that beer was brewed on 03.04.05 and is good for aging. Hazy orange hued Imperial IPA having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Odd aroma of sesame oil and hops. Full bodied that starts with light malt sweetness and fruity, hop, and alcohol flavors. Finishes with light lingering hop bitterness. Well-balanced. Definite alcoholic warmth. Smooth, rich, and delicious brew but the sesame oil smell (oxidation product?) turned me off. Need to try another bottle in the future. Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2006
$8 12oz bottle, Rueben’s. She finally found one! Holy Grail, indeed. Blindside 6oz pour.
She hands me the glass and instantly, I know it is barley wine. Slow, high viscosity, sweetness. Complex whole grain holiday fruit-bar. I doubted the 21% claim she said the sales girl had told her. I guessed 12, maybe 14. Well disguised. Wonderful little stocking stuffer treat that never made it to the stocking. :)