Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2005
Wow . . .be very careful with this one. The aroma could double as a living room air freshener. Hints of pine and cane sugar drown out my sense of smell. Starts very sweet and syrupy and follows through with a swift hop-drop-kick to the throat. I would recommend buying a few and aging a bottle or two, as I sense this one could mature and yield a "little piece of heaven." gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2005
Expensive $8.00 beer but worth it for a try. Anyhow like most IPA’s you would not want to sit down to a 6 pack. Pours amber with a decent amount of carbonation that dissolves. Taste of strong hops, citrus, and alcohol. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2008 (4/09/05)2004. Copper. Big hops and big malts in the aroma, with touches of grapefruit and caramel. Smells big. Head dissolves quickly, but the lacing is practically engraved to the glass. Flavor matches the aroma with a full, syrupy body. Loaded with hops and just enough malts to keep it nearly balanced. [RR 8/1/06]:::> 2004. Gorgeous copper/amber/red pour. Modest, frothy, tan head settles slowly. Nose of pungent resinous hops: citrus, aloe, venom, pine, spicy; lots of sweet and toasty caramel malt for support; some cotton candy like sugar; and subtle alcohol heat. Same flavors along with some complexities gained in the past 2 years. Hints of anise like herbs and spices, trees (bark and core), tobacco, - something about this brew keeps making me think of alligators, especially ones in the everglades, wtf? - graham cracker biscuity notes to the malt, mild alcohol (cooled down a bit) in the finish is like what I think an oak aged gin’s alcohol would be like. Huge body, viscous. Some of the intense sweetness has faded. Great American Strong Ale, doesn’t drink like an IIPA. jmcguire1969 (163) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2005
Not so great...I’m a little confused. This beer is big on hype and weak on taste. The huge malt and yeast bill must have put these guys over the edge...this thing is SWEET!!! The IBU’s they boast is not well balanced...ton’s of fermentables (=sweet) and not enough bittering and aroma. Ok, so I have to admit I’m a hop head so that should give you some perspective. SHAKA TAMASA KATA FRATA BRADA!! SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 12oz bottle. Pours a dark, murky orange/copper color with a white foamy head. Nose is lightly hoppy with a bit of alcohol and sugars. Palate is very full and syrupy. Flavors of piney, dry hops, sugary caramel and some alcohol notes.
can8ianben (1583) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2005
I had very high hopes for this one and it let me down. I love the 90 minute and was expecting an even hoppier version here. Wrong! It is a decent beer, but lacks the hop power of both the 90 and even 60. Its overpowering alcohol overtones both in the flavour and aroma are not attractive unless you want a quick buzz. They do a great job at hiding the highly touted hops. The alcohol is hidden when it is cooler but let it warm and it leaps out. The colour was good but the head was gone in an instant. I also was suckered in to paying more than $8/bottle, never again. Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2009 Bottle 3/25/05 date. Cost me $10.99!!! Talk about expensive. I couldn’t pass it up but after getting home and finding it’s 21%ABV I don’t feel so bad. Smells of very slight hops, caramel malt, and of course alcohol. Pours an amber color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Flavor was decent but where are the damn hops?? More of a sweet caramel malt flavor to me. Too sweet and not bitter enough. Has a nice medium body and finishes remarkably smooth. No way is this stuff 21% ABV it drinks WAY smoother then that. The only way it lets on that it’s potent is by the increase in body temperature from this stuff. Although disappointed at the lack of hops it’s a decent beer but too expensive to be a daily drinker. Still, any beer that masks the alcohol this much deserves some recognition. bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
bottle from brickskeller. criminy. aroma hits you like a hammer. hoppy, boozy. flavor is intense: loads of fruit, maltiness dominates and then the hops step in and dry it down to just the right level. i’m in heaven and i don’t consider myself a hophead. earendil (3) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2005 does not count
Beautiful caramel colour, hop aroma is not as strong as I would have expected, nor is the hop flavour. The flavour is instead sweet caramel malt with a light hop balance. finish is strong and warm. Boutip (6567) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 Bottle: Poured a light hazy amber color ale with a huge bubbly head with better then average retention and better then expected considering the high level content of alcohol. Aroma is well obviously very hoppy with some sweetness. Taste is way sweeter then expected with some bitterness but not as much as expected. The sweetness is a bit too much for me and even a 341 ml bottle of this stuff seems too much for my liking. Not bad just not a good everyday beer and there is a few strong extreme beers I would drink before this one. Thanks to Beerslayer for that one.