Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Recieved through trade with Zathrus13. Pour was a lot lighter than expected, really didnt have any expectations other than how the odyssey poured out. Nose full of bourbon, unlike any other barell aged beer before. I really havent had a lot of hard liqour or the like, but from what I have experienced, this was like a watered down version of a bourbon. Some fruit hidden under its huge blast of potent alcohol and oak. Quite spicy and still a bit hot, but was still a nice change of pace from the "normal" beer.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 340. Nice sweet and citrus aroma. Pours a lovely full, thick orange/yellow, like good cheddar cheese. Beautiful white head, lots of cabo action. Immediate rush of bourbon that lingers delicately on the tongue, but never overpowers. The mouthfeel is like beautiful lacing around your favortie glass. A wonderful beer, worth every penny of the $16.99 + tax I paid for it at the Whip-In in Austin. If you have a chance to grab one of these, do not hesitate!
DragonStout (1409) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Oh yeah pop that cork.Feb. 05 bottle 290.Hugh amounts of wood, alcohol and bourbon.A very nice blend.Had some sweetness to it and the alcohol wasn’t overwhelming.Hugh bourbon tones with each sip and it was more present as it warmed up.Greta mouthfeelkind of slick and the finish was savouring.
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 feb 05 case bottle 290:first off i must say 14.99 was a bit steep.for any brew.with that being said,here we go.the curieux poured a deep murky yellow with a half inch white head.the head left nice webbing as it sat down.the aroma was a pleasant blend of bourbon,yeast,vanilla,and oak.the flavor was full of bourbon and oak.followed by a tiny bit of yeast.this is pretty good but i must say its a bit heavy on the bourbon.still not to bad.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I expected this to be a bourbony mess and I could not have been more wrong. As a second big beer of the night, I was impressed with the balance of wood (never too tindery) flavors and caramel sweetness with just a touch of bourbon. Great, and I mean great, mouthfeel, slippery and smooth and just hefty enough to linger. Enjoyed with Jsturm and our buddy Nick, along with a bunch of Jolly Pumpkins and Fantomes on a night that is now hazy a month later - well actually it was hazy the next day...
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After letting this one sit out in my garage for a few months, I figured it was time to pop it open. Warned by Brian - we let this warm up considerably before opening - it seems to have worked, it wasn’t overly boozy at all. Aroma was mildly sweet summer fruits - honeydew, and earthy spices mixed with an oaky bourbon. Body had a nice amber glow to it, great head and lacing. Sweet and peppery, plenty of my favorite triple flavors, all surounded by warm bourbon alcohol and dry oakyness. Finish was dry, slightly hoppy, more whiskey. We really enjoyed this - This is definitely one to hold onto for awhile and see how it ages.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
mostly clear/slightly cloudy yellow gold color. short dense white foamy head. aroma is dry (not dried) fruits, estery, wet hay. flavor is sweet malt, bourbon-like heat. some dryness, hops are somewhere in there, slightly bitter finish. alittle dried lemon rind. medium carbonation. some oak flavor throughout. worried I wouldn’t like this but it’s an interesting hybrid. lots of micro lacing on the glass. honey/chardonnay aroma too. still should have let this age more.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Perfectly hazy orange appearance, solid slab, of rocky white foam on top...excellent look for a tripel
Nose is full of citrus, fruits, and spice, like a wicked apricot whipping a naughty peach...and the whiskey whispers in...oak, vanilla, and sweet malt peeking over the fruit...quite unique! The more I sniff it, the more astounding it feels...honestly.
taste: big, brisk, full and bold, the alcoholic kick isn’t shy at all, ...all the taste of a tripel, but kicked up a notch (how much do I owe Emeril?) ...abundant fruit, very sweet, but matched immediately with the slick character of whiskey, creating a complex union, not found in any brew yet encountered...extraordinary, really...every taste gets better...yummy, methinks...yummy McYummersons...
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, this was certainly a rating that took a while to formulate. Pours a nice rich golden color. Good head with sticky lacing. Very nice looking beer. While cold, this was ALL booze in the nose. I was unhappy that Allagash roached a bunch of their excellent tripel by spiking it with some of Kentucky’s finest. Tasting this chilly brew simply reinforced my feelings. Plus, this bad boy was like $13 with tax! After letting this come up to temp, this was quite different. The aromas and flavors were very complex, with distinct ’tripel’ characteristics. Malty sweet, but notes of yeast and spicy hops. The boozy thing had almost blown off all together. It was just lingering there, ever so slightly, underneath the massive, complex Belgian traits. This was still a bit hot, and could probably use a few months to a year in a cellar.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Who was the fantastic RB Rater that sent me this First Batch Edition "Bottling - September 2004" of 9.5%abv Curieux? Please reveal yourself and beermail me!
Poured a golden blond body with a fluffy white head. The aroma was immensely floral… hits with vast perfumey notes… Brenda first called this out. It was an oddly complex combination of oaked whisky and fruity triple. There was a light black peppery bite in the focus but I kept hinting upon big flowery gardenia and marigold blossoms. The palate had a great buttery solidity… I must admit to being rather under-whelmed, though. I really wanted to like it more! This one came across as a bit hot and sharp with rubbing alcohol, IMO.