Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is murky amber-looks promising! No head, aroma has sweet and sticky hops all over the place. Zing of quick hops in the mouth followed accompanied with great malt body. It's amazing how much flavor this had and how mellow it remains. Alcohol is soooo well masked, I can't think of a better example at the moment. Finished kind of dry with mild hoppiness and a slight taste of coffee beans, such a great finish that lasts. Good beer.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer grows on you as it warms. Deep mahogony tone and somewhat cloudy appearance. Very sweet and malty with a somewhat astringent quality to it. Malt has an english accept to it with the hops balancing it out in a overly bitter and less aromatic way. I like this but it is somewhat simple and lacking complexity.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hop aroma. Good malt body to balance the extreme hop bitterness and finish. Should age quite well. A very good IPA, but I am not sure about the double part.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very nice IPA. I thought it was quite light for a double IPA though. A nice fruity fragrant floral aroma, with a bit of astringent acidic aromas in the nose. Flavor is very light and fruity, nicely hopped and not over the top.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich ruby copper with a big thick creamy tan head. Aroma is not like other imperial IPAs. It seems to be more complicated, an onslaught of floral, sweet, and bitter hops which provide an air of mustiness, possibly a result of the barrel aging. Body starts thick, syrupy and viscous but thins toward the end. Some sweet caramel malt fades quickly into a very tangy bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden, but so are the other flavors behind the wall of bitterness. This just doesn't have the finesse of a Ruination or Dreadnaught, but may mellow with age. Somehow adding this many different hops just doesn't mesh together well.
JohnC (3007) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown pour, with an offwhite head. The aroma is hoppy. The flavor is extremely bitter and hoppy.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First whiff from opening the bottle brings cascade hops. Pours nice, cloudy deep amber with a tight beige head and good lacing. Big hop aroma. Thick bodied smooth and chewy with tons of hops.Flavor is on the bitter side like Arrogant Bastard, and has enough malt to hold it all together. Very bitter finish, but very enjoyable also.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very nice ruby with a thin off white head (almost tan), and spotty lacing. Strong citrus hop aroma with some sweet malts and a backing of alcohol. Flavor starts with a bit of roast malt, then the bitter hops kick in finishing dry with a nice alcohol bite. Smooth palate with a medium body leaving a good hop prescence behind. I have to thank JagerQueen for picking this up for Buck_Dich and thank Buck himself for giving me a damn fine I2PA for my 300th!
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby color with a thick creamy off-white head. The lacing is sticky in parts and the alcohol doesn't destroy it too bad. The aroma is very hoppy, slightly musty with a complex hop profile, lots going on in the hops department. The malt isn't too matched up in the aroma. The flavor is a little more balanced with an initial roastyness of caramel that turns into a dry sting of the hops as it works its way down your palate. The overall feel to this beer is very mellow considering the intimidating title. Once you get into this one it really starts growing on you. Wish I had another, or maybe another half (glares at Sham). Thanks JagerQueen!
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2009 Pours with a thick syrupyness. Dark and thick amber with a frothy, tight-bubbled head. Wafting, yeast-cake nose. Thick and chewy texture with a mild carbonation. Strong, in-your-face flavors and alcohol notes (not fusel or spiked, but strong and lasting). Woodsy and earthy aromas. Very mild malt sweetness (toffee and cooked caramel). Electric hops with a healthy bitterness, but not nose-blowing. I find it interesting that when you use three or four different kinds of hops in a beer, you end up with something strange, but when you use 10, it somehow tastes pretty decent. Safety in numbers, I suppose. RERATE: Rich caramel-soaked malts had many layers. Complex hop flavors and aromas were filled with resinous pine, sugared grass, grapefruit and flowers.