MrDick (335) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(gabf'03) No need to type anything into the comments field - just read the description of this ale. But I'll still give it my own personal stamp. Sweet, fruity flavor of raison, caramel and bubblegum accompanied by spicy undercurrents of ginger and nutmeg. If you can find this, cherish it. Tuck it into bed at night and read it stories so it grows up to be big and strong.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 Vintage. Dark and hazy plum colored with no head at all. Aroma is really malty with some fruit like dried cherries and figs. I don't get the vanilla/chocolate aroma, maybe that was a different vintage. Mouth feel is a bit weak with some dryness and lacks the excitement of a Belgian Grand Cru. Flavor is malty sweet with a hint of caramel and cocoa. Alcohol is very present in aroma and flavor. A bit dissapointing.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 Vintage: Hazy caramel/ruby color with zero head, no lacing. Aroma is mainly alcohol with some strange fruity sweetness, almost artificial smell. Flavor is very sweet with some woody notes. Alcohol is prelevant but overpowering. Dry and short finish. Definetly not my favorite Alesmith brew.
jgb9348 (4437) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Batch (75 cL bottle):
Dark ruby amber in colour with a very thin tan head. Smells of sweet caramel, chocolate, figs and pit fruit - VERY nice! Medium-bodied; High carbonation, very sweet flavour of dark pit fruits with strong malt characteristics. Aftertaste sweet and bitter. Very pleasant all the way around! Overall, a very good beer...could use some age though! I was lucky enough to get this 75 cL bottle in a recent trade with Rodolito (thanks Dave!) and got to share it with Haddon90 (Phil) in Knoxville, Tennessee on 28-September-2003.
Aubrey (3412) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear and dark, deep brown with reddish hues and a frothy, off-white head. Roasted aroma, sharpish alcohol edge and a thick, molasses-like sweetness. Very warming and pleasant to drink. Kind of like Horny Devil's bigger, wiser brother.
3fourths (7767) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber. Sweet nose of flawers and peaches. Highly carbonated. Peaches, vanilla, and banana strong flavors throughout. Wonderful.
haddon90 (1372) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep copper/amber color with hardly any head. Nice aroma of fruit and malt. Tastes smooth with a hint of alcohol on your tongue. A must have! Thanks jgb9348 for bringing this to Knoxville!
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Indian clay color with virtually no head. Commercial description is accurate. Interesting flavoring and a nice mouthfeel. Alcohol is very noticable.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2000,Cloudy orange-amber color,nice medium sized head that with a decent amount of lasting power.Nice sweet aroma of fruit and mild malt,dried fruit possibly raisin,very mild hint of alcoholwith a mild spiciness following up in the rear.The flavor is mildly fruity,nicely spiced,medium alcohol and a few other flavors dance on the palate that are hard for me to pick out but quite good.This is a very sweet brew all around,the after taste is great with a decent alcohol burn going down.A very well worth it trade,I just wish i had a few more for later sampling.Thanks go out to captain Cougar for this brew.With out him i would be drinking Swill tonite.
bruo (3) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2000. Today was my lucky day. I'm always looking around for this fine ale. As I peruse the familiar isles of Harvest Ranch Market, I notice something strange- '00 bottles of Old Numbskull. I thought, they haven't had this for over a year. As I move on aside, there she was, '00 Grand Cru. Even at the 00 price of 9.99. Anyhow, it has aged gracefully. Slightly passed it's prime but still legendary. Nicely conditioned with lingering head. Clear, deep color. Alcohol dominates the aroma, but plenty of fruit .. raison, plum.
Flavor profile isn't quite the same, slighty less complex than a year ago but deeper nonetheless. Some tartness developing, but to style. And the best part, warm numbing sensation as the finest beer ever brewed in San Diego goes down!