DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Super Saver, Somerville, NJ. Lovely bottle with hang tag. As I uncork this one, the pressure is so intense that the cork flies at about 100 mph after a ear-ringing pop, hitting the ceiling, then the floor, then the door. I did my best Fred Eckhardt impression and "listened" to this beer, and as the head dissipated, the beer made a sound not unlike the sound a womanís nether region makes when she gets nude and turned on and then repeatedly closes and opens her legs. Lovely, indeed. The pour was impressive, a hazy coppery color with some ruby hints, showing a 1-finger off-white head. The aroma is intense, and starts with a big cherry/berry blast to the olfactory cells, followed by a nice oaky bourbony funky burst, and some lambicy cobwebby malts, cabernet, and a large dose of that Cantillon smell. The flavor is fruity, on the citric funky side, with a solid mid-palate oaky bourbon element, and also some caberney hints. This one, as it warms, assumes multiple taste qualities, at one time or another resembling a lambic, a cabernet, and finishing as an oaky bourbony creation resembling Makerís Mark as it warms to ambient temperature. The only comparable beers I can think of would be Stewartís Decathlon and Cherry Bourbathon. This one is unique, delicious, and worth the 17 bucks I paid for it. Now, if youíll excuse me, Iím off to listen to something else besides beer...
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at ZBF. I guess "brought" by Rob Tod, IIRC. But presented by Lorenzo from BBB. This was the only American beer of the 8 or so brought that I really wanted to try. Came out a hazed gold. The aroma was the first thing I noticed. It came across surprisingly sour and fruity. I remarked that it was almost "lambic-ish" at one point. Some woody notes and wine coming through as well. Taste is also tart and fruity with light wood notes, yeast, and soft flowery notes. Body is medium and has a mild carbonation feel. Thereís some dryness in spots and a lingering tartness. Finishes much the same - tart fruits, flowers, yeast notes, light wood, white wine and a bit of leather. I need a full bottle of this!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty aroma and light citrus is mixed with just the right amount of yeasty funk. The flavor is very balanced both sweet and tart. Finish is dry but acidic. Lively mouthfeel.
skaughty (643) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 6, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Crisp, Dry and Glorious. The lack of tartness makes this a unique creation. The wood gives it texture and the brett some lively aroma. Every sip is perfectly in balance. The volume of ingredients doesnít overwhelm, but the refinement in the process makes this a jewel. Thank you BeerYum!
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a deep hazy and cloudy amber color ale with a medium white bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of Brett is quite strong with some sourness and some sweet white wine characteristic. Taste is quite sour with some tart and oak flavouring. The wine oak aging can definitely be notice but does not overtake the beer. Funky Brett brings a nice finish to this beer. Alcohol is not noticeable but Iím not sure that the high level of ABV really brings anything more to this beer and would probably have preferred a slightly lower ABV (6.5%-7.5%). Another great American wild ale that even though is excellent is still one notch below the RR Temptation.
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2009 Rerate: Had this recently and have to knock it down slightly. Seemed a bit over wooded taking away some of the balance. Ɣ.2 to 3.8)
Fabulous beer by Allagash. Creamy, delicate but with a big vinous nose and character throughout. Earthy but nothing overwhelms the perfect balance. Extremely sneaky 9.5% given away only by the quickly dissipating head.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours slightly hazy with a small head that dissapears quick.Has some citrus flavor to it and the alcohol is not noticable.Finishs clean and refreshing
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle (2005), corked and caged, from Julios in Westboro, MA (Feb 2006). Luminous maple-bronze, slightly oily-translucent, with fine hints of yeast flecking, it is topped by a fragile white large-bubbled fizzy head that leaves scant scraps of lacing...the nose is huge and strong, a mix of old wine in the musty damp cellar and fresher barnyard and spice scents, all floating in a sweaty, leathery bath....tart brett is certainly evident at the front of the palate, but sour lactic qualities and musty grains dominate, with light citric qualities appearing late and touches of caramel also present in the moderately carbonated, somewhat slick body....peppery, dry and somewhat mineralic/metallic at the finish, the alcohol is barely noticeable....aromatic compounds gel much better as it warms, but I feel this will come together better with a little more time in the bottle. Pretty damn interesting as a work in progress.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml. bottle. Hazy orange color with a decent off white head that lasted. Really nice funky aroma of Brett, oak, peach and a touch of balsamic vinegar. Flavor was unfortunately sweeter than expected, as I would have preferred a more tart beer. Still tasted very good with some tropical fruits, oak, vinegar, Brett and wood.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice copper color. Small white head on top. Whistling and crizzling fizzy carbonation. Intense grapefruit, orange and yeast nose- as it warms up some marcipan traces come through too. Tiingles the tip of the tongue. Fruity, apricot taste- medium intense. Ncie and refreshing.