blankboy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of rudolf. Pours a clear orange with an average to large frothy white head. Aroma of perfume and pine hops, roasted malts, fruit, alcohol and caramel. Body has nice carbonation. Flavour reminded me somewhat of a barley wine and is quite complex: aforementioned hops, some fruit, caramel, roasted malt and much more -- hides the alcohol really well and is very interesting. It gets even better as it warms up. Very enjoyable. HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2005 Bottle shared with blankboy, jerc, tupalev & gregclow - courtesy of rudolph.. Poured clear reddish/golden, spare frothy head, fair lacing. Aroma of sharp wine, oak, juniper, (sweaty) yeast, light sweet malt & hops, citrus, soap - alcohol. Flavour is sharply piney, hoppy, more than a hint of perfume in there - lasts a long time on the tongue; acidic. Very hoppy on the palate, followed by an over-long bitter, astringent finish; slick and alcoholic mouthfeel. Slightly disappointing. Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Beautiful clear golden brew with a good sized, tight light tan head that decayed slowly. It was medium bodied, not as strong as most beers with such a high alcohol content. The hops first showed up in the aroma and continued in the mouth with the first large sip and was still there in the lingering hop aftertaste jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Clear copper/orange in color. Decent head and lacing. Aroma is much like the druid fluid, some ringwood characteristics as well. Medium bodied, estery, resiny hops, lots of flavor, the yeast does its job nicely. A fine beverage. pivo (2685) - GERMANY - JUN 27, 2005
Butter popcorn nose with some hops, pale amber, fluffy head. Buttered toffee tastes in the body, scratchy hop bitter – stings the tongue. Not getting the alcohol. Individual components not so good, but somehow this comes together in the end and isn’t that bad.
TAR (2776) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Glassy apricot. Puffy foam slowly condenses into a rocky, sticky film. Luxurious nose of peaches, rose petals, dried apples, and bushy hops. Delicate touch of herbal-accented buttery yeast and plantain. Scarcely a whiff of alcohol. Tight but expansive carbonation. Soft body. Frontal surge of needle-sharp hop pricks and a breath of remarkably clean alcohol that wipes the palate clean. Alcohol is not a factor, otherwise. Colossal bitterness steadily heightens as a brash suction of earthy bitterness latches onto the palate and bolsters the deceptive level of dryness. Hops become more multilayered with diacetyl and lemon rind-accented earthiness as they push forward. Resinous whispers awaken midway to lend an everlasting sustenance to the leafy-dry hop aspects. Fruity esters and bubblegum yeast notes persist, but, appropriately so, only act as a complement to the hop dominance. Tongue-coating onset of toasted malt, dried apples, and butter toffee yeast notes gracefully caress the hoppy inte, while continually underlying the slick, jellied fruitiness in the finish. Shows just as much restraint as it does force. Hopefully Middle Ages will continue to inspire and educate others on the endless wonders of Ringwood yeast. Because this is dazzling. Thx, IPFreely. mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2005
22 oz bomber. Clear orange with a tan head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. Big hop nose. Malty hoppy flavor. Dry tasting. Well balanced beer. Rich. Finish is hoppy. Creamy. nice beer. Drinkable. Enjoyable. MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2005
22 oz bomber. Nice find by Mkobes on this, at Cable beverage. Clear orange, tan head. Aggressively hoppy fruity aroma. Flavor is malty with a big hop component, and not too bitter. Very dry, and well fermented. Rich malty hoppiness dances on the tongue in the finish..This is nice. A now drink beer with aging potential. Not really an American Strong, but more of an IIPA, that can age into a barley wine, like the Stoudt’s IIPA. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
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IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bomber. Pours a lighter amber color with a moderate and disappating cream colored head. Full aroma of intensely aromatic hops, some underlying sweetness among the pine and citrus. Flavor starts out lightly malty followed by some dry, bitter hoppiness. A touch of booze as well. Medium to full bodied, light alcohol, slightly creamy and finishes dry. Pretty nice effort.