StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Number 1,000. Beautiful safire hue and mostly translucent in appearance with a variable head ranging from bubble cloisters in the beginning to a thin layer of tan fizzles on other pours. Aroma is ripe with intricacy, calling on amaretto, akin to Disaronno, and a hearty fruit profile consisting of figs, dried apricot chews, maraschino cherries, golden raisins and a generate of melding squished plums with red grapes. Honeyed caskets and caramelized pecans sweetly echo in the nose as well. First dactylic sensation to register is the palate positioning - oily, like a custom wax mold in the mouth. Flavor ensues with a heavy suckle sense (honey, rose) in cohorts with the anticipated amaretto, along with cedar, liquefied brown sugar and black cherries. Buttery pralines come in, projecting a character trait of being rolled around in brown sugar and basking in brandy for some time. Alcohol is discernable but not a hindrance. Malt driven, no question about it, with the mouth feel headlining the bill of this 10-year anniversary arrangement. Finishes with a sweet and somber caramel sense that transitions to a lasting memory of cherry cordials pumped with liqueur. Special thanks to tpkenned for sending me the bottle and everyone else who helped me along the way.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2005 Creamy off-white head covers a deep orange to auburn body. Strong concentrated malt aromas immediately remind of desserty flavours, the likes of chocolate, caramel and herbed cereals. Fitting figgy fruits are quickly put down by the stronger fuelic earthiness, leaning onto tobacco territory. Faint smokiness turns chalky as the moderately astringent hops kick in. The hotness of the candi sugar and alcohol match-up contributes oiliness to a medium to full body and we’re left, like everyone else, wishing it had more age on it, though not sure for what reasons exactly.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur ambrée aux reflets orange pale, apparence mi-translucide. Arômes fortement alcoolique laissant s’évader des notes de sucre brun, de vanille, de chocolat et de chêne. Divine extraction de malt aux saveurs de chocolat, de caramel, de dattes et de vanille offre un bon support aux houblons amers semblant natifs de la côte ouest. On accepte facilement le réchauffement prononcé de la part de l’alcool en bouche. Corps d’épaisseur pleine, texture collante et crémeuse, carbonatation active et doucement piquante.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Logan’s Pre-GABF party ‘05. Pours a dar k amber with red highlights, a thin quickly dissipating off white head, and some thick lacing. Nice malt, vanilla, alcohol, brown sugar, and chocolate with cherries in the nose and flavor. Creamy texture. Very warming with a sweet finish. Very nice beer now. I would love to have a aged sample someday. Thanks DrBill!
jzzbassman (1467) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice amber with little head or carbonation. Big alcohol in the nose, almost smelled whiskey-like. Flavor was malty and bright alcohol, with a lot of carmel flavor and light on the hops. Could probably benefit from some age to tone down the sweet, but still very enjoyable. Reminded me of a Belgian Strong.
5000 (6180) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Celebrating my new job today! Dark amber, heavy on the red, very hazy with minor bits floating about, moderate to thin off-white sudsy head (typical Alesmith), falls somewhat quickly, no noticable carbonation. Strong alcohol nose, hidden beneath are hints of brown sugar, chocolate covered cherries, and very slight fig and/or date. Warming vanilla and maraschino cherries up front, maybe even a touch of bourbon imparted oak. Heat is strong, but manageable. Big in body, quite big, with a fairly moderate mouthfeel. Very sweet alcoholic finish, some caramel, very hot yet not unapproachable. This one is nice, but needs some time to settle down. It will be very interesting to see what flavors develop over time. Big thanks to Clark for trading this one to me!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is nice golden amber with a thin off white head...smell is sweet all the way...earth fruit, caramel, alcohol, cookies...taste is sweet yet not quite balanced as it is indeed hot...still great, just hot...
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2006 Sampled at Logan’s loft during GABF RateBeer party 2005. Ruby color with a negligible head, clear. Light aroma but you get hints of sugary caramel malt, and dark fruits, like raisons soaked in brandy. The flavor is solid, but not as complex or deep as I would have guessed. Honey, dates/prunes, caramel malts, and alcohol. Creamy body, round with warming alcohol presence. A good beer that I’m glad I was able to try. Thanks to whom ever opened this!
Tried again on New Years Eve. 2005 Bottle. I will not argue withj the notes I made previously as I did not take very many this time around. I would like to say that chocolate covered cherries came to mind this time in both aroma and flavor. I am also going to give my overall score a bump. It was really working for me on New Years Eve!
Kevin (2047) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
another good beer forced on me at logans over the gabf weekend, thanks to the good samaritan that poured this. poured a bloody brown with a tan head. wow, the booze jumps out in this sucker. then a dark fruit aroma emerges with some caramel. doughy flavor of prune and caramel with a vanilla ice cream like finish, or maybe sherbert, but it is a creamy finish. a lot of sugar daddy flavor from the start to the finish, but the booze is always prevalent.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Cask @ Papago. Pours a somewhat clear golden/orange with a paper thin head and moderate lace. Perfumed alcohol initially hits your nose with a bite with lingering caramelized sugars, and notes of vanilla coming to the forefront. Body is medium/thin, alcoholic & spicy but at the same time very smooth and highly drinkable. Great sipping beer.