Braudog (6675) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2003
Malty aroma from an orange-yellow beer. This is a syrupy goo with characteristics of the high alcohol content. Not my bag. RichardGretton (4758) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2003
Standard ale look with a gingerish aroma and a very strong malted flavour. Overall OK for a very strong ale. Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Dark golden color, medium bodied. Mildly sweet taste with a malty quick finish. Alcohol well hidden. PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2003
very strong dark ale with hints of burnt hops,excellent aftertaste and a great beer for the fall! JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
I had this on draft at Hollingshead in Orange, CA on 13 September 2003.
Appearance: This pours a slightly hazy orange-ish/ amber-ish color with a small white head.
Aroma. The nose is malty with a hint of hops.
Overall: The word that comes to mind is 'lackluster'. I really had some high expectations because this is a 'special edition' type of beer. It was no better, in my opinion, than most amber ales.
jgb9348 (6198) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 Bottle #2:elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
Very slightly cloudy amber colour with a thin white head that fades fast! Strong smells of yeast, alcool and a bit of malt. Medium-bodied; Light flavour of malt, even lighter hops. But all with a more potent metallic, alcoholic and yeasty taste. Aftertaste very mild for a beer this strong...showing a bit of the malt character, but not much. Overall, not a good beer. This was a bit worse than my first bottle. I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia and sampled it on 14-September-2003. Rating for this sample: 6,3,5,2,10.
Very slightly hazy orange/amber colour with a fairly dense tan head. Sweet smell that has strong hop and malt presence with a fruity characteristic. Strong aroma, and very nice. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong flavour of alcohol up front with a bit of malt then showing some hops near the end. No sweetness really, just bittering characteristics. Overall, worth trying as people have mentioned (its $1.50 for a 12 ounce), but its not a GREAT beer. Overall, not balanced enough and not enough of the 'good' characteristics come out. The alcohol is hidden well though, this seems pretty mild! I got this twelve ounce bottle in a trade with Dave (Rodolito) from California...Thanks again Dave! Rating for this sample: 8,4,6,2,12.
Brownish-orange-amber with a small, dissapearing head. Sweet orange citrus malt presence with back-end bitterness that almost stings. This conconction has the ingredients of a blockbuster, hides the alcohol well and really should be better than it's end result; it just doesn't balance out. DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Malty aroma. Decent body. Flavor has big malt up front and alcohol stands out through the middle. Saaz
and Cluster hops finish it off. Rich and potent beer. Much like a slightly more hopped Irish ale. Not great but worth trying. P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2003
sweet, a bit of honeyness in the aroma. amber color with no head. sweet syrupy cloying malt and light hops TChrome (1469) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Good, but not up to the other very strong contenders in this extremely competative category. Beer is tilted towards the malt and suffers from a lack of hops, in my opinion. Otherwise, pretty good beer.