raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite in some time,but haven’t had that many lately. Dark brown/mahogany. Nice thick,foam. Aromas,are well integrated with each other. Lots of oak,vanilla,yeast. Malt aromas are of dark fruits,and sweet aromatic malts. This just glides down the throat. Lightly acidic,dark fruit,sweet malty,flavors. Finish is dry,but soft with flavors of oak,wheat,and mild hops. Overall,absolutely,drinkable,and one I wish it was easier to keep around.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep burgundy. Lively carbonation. Intense, oaky-woody aromas throughout ... maybe even some overbearing matches. Rich sweetness (sugar water, vanilla, caramel, syrup). Kind of spicy in a curious way. Alcohol was on the lowdown, but it was warming. Different and interesting in some ways, but uneventful in others.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark burgundy color. Coconut and cork aromas, with hints of vanilla, bourbon and fruit. Not much aromas from the actual original brew, but the barrel contribution is vibrant. Flavor is very vinous, with hints of raisins and grapes, chocolate and perhaps a hint of amarone. Hints of bourbon and vanilla as well. Pretty rich, with a nice body to boot.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, mostly diminishing.
Body is murky dark brown, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, molasses), with a strong note of wood, notes of vanilla, grape, and sherry.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
This could’ve scored a little higher on another occasion, perhaps, but really, I kept looking at my numbers and kept studying the beer and kept coming up the same way. The aroma is interesting, but the wood tends to clobber almost everything else. And the flavor balance starts off well enough, and then just kinda dies without enough bitterness or tartness to tie things up nicely. Like I say, with just a little more finesse this could score in the mid to high 3’s. But as-is...ehhh, no.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin filmy head. Clear brown. Aroma is very oakey, with hints of floral hops. Flavor is dominated by oak, alcohol creeps in with some dark malts. Vinous feel to this beer. Finish has just a slight chemical flavor but not bad.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color - thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of wood, coffee, warm bread and yeast. Flavor is deeply malty, with notes of coffee, smoke, whiskey, oak and a hint of apples. Nice chewy/earthy body. Finish is strong and clean.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep brown with ruby edges and a one-finger off-white head. Excellent lacing. Very vinous aroma, with plum, oak, and leathery/earthy Belgian yeast notes, as well. The earthiness becomes more apparent as it warms, turning the vinous aromas raisiny. At the bottom of the glass it becomes a little smoky. There’s a party in my nose. Intense flavor, reminiscent of a watered-down brandy. Spicy and fruity on the tip of the tongue, yeasty in the middle, dry and alcoholic on the finish. The oak permeates through the entire sip as a pleasant but subtle background flavor of vanilla and wood. Very good, but a little on the thin side for such a strong beer. Can’t wait for these guys’ next experiment.
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very deep dark red color with a thin white head. Aroma is big and heavy and hints of alcohol. Some dark fruit in the flavor with the alcohol in the finish.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Suited for adventure: husky brown, crimson highlights, cocoa head, a classic countenance, sets the mind in anticipation and the imagination loose.
whiskey screams from the nose, escaped from the bottle and ready to let fly with it’s fury...rich malt and alcohol at the helm, steering us into the situation...prune, oak, raisin, plum are at guard on the side. what first stung now seems mellow, even sweet. Glorious.
Bold entrance on the palate, the rich, roasty, lush and fruity flavor floods the gates, and breaks down the door. Bourbon-y feel dominates the mouthfeel.
Other associations beckon forth...dark rum, molasses, slick, yet leathery...berries and grapes, the darker kind, come to match the onslaught of the whiskey.
Medium bodied,yet full with flavor, an relenting river of taste washes up and out with every swallow.
Finish is rather dry, just a touch sweet. Like any good drama.
The rush has been resolved, the quarrel abated, and the goals have been met: satisfaction sits in the glass, and a happy smile on the face of the drinker. We’ve gone to a wonderful place, throught the vessel that is this bottle, and it’s noble contents, and come back better, stronger, wiser, even.
Can beer do that?
It already did.
Kevin (2129) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours brown with a garnet hue. a nice grey head. smells of grapes, alcohol and plums with a yeasty note. fruity taste of strawberries, plums, a bit of clove. strong alcohol presence that blends well/ some bubblegum in the finish. this is good, damn good.