wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red-brown hue with an off-white, creamy, tall head. Oak, caramel, chocolate, smoke. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. Slight alcohol. Medium body, creamy, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: good, just, not...inspirational.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I got this bottle from Rich and opened it at the FFF DL post-release party: The beer poured a deep brown hue with reddish highlights that produced a small head and some lace. I know I started it, but I swear this has a big similiarity to bacon (or at least smoked meat). A deep sniff got some strawberry, caramel, honey, and notes of oak as well. The taste starts fruity and ma;ty with a salty and heather background. A spicy and bitter finish and a dry oak aftertaste. The feel has a twangy bite and is a little oily. I dig the depth of the palate and the unique nose. I wouldn’t mind trying this again.
1FastSTi (3274) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ar: Bacon, applewood smoked bacon. holy crap. bacon in a liquid form. oak background. i like this a lot.
Ap: murky brown color with a light tan head. Bubbly and full lacing.
F: oak, getting the bacon in the flavor as well. smoked, woody, meaty.
P: Dry, smokey. Medium mouthfeel.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown color. Aroma is smoky, malty with bacon. Flavor is smoky, lots of malt and more bacon. I cant get beyond the bacon. Other woody and bourbon notes as well.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an ok Belgian Strong Ale. Bourban, maly, and oak flavors. Finishes dry, bitter, and chewy.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poursa deep brown hue with a slight tan head. Aromas of oak, soap. Flavors of smokey oak, a hint of apples, more soap, and somewhere I get bleach. Not a bad bottle, maybe just a little too young.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours dark with a huge fluffy tan head that sticks around. Aroma is apples, light fruits, mild wood, very slight hay, slight smokey bacon, and a little funky yeast. Flavor is smoked meat, wood, mild chocolate, mix of dark and light fruits, mild belgian yeastiness. As it warms a nice cocoa flavor comes through. With some of the head it is has a full and creamy palate. A lot of flavor yet it holds back just enough to still be smooth and drinkable.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Brown, hues of ruby, large foamy beige head, lively carbonation, fairly attractive lacing. Sweet oakish nose, soft bourbon, vanilla. Strong oak & bourbon up front, quite sweet, but the underlying beer is very light. Cries to be a Barley Wine or Imperial Stout. Big body, but fairly average mouthfeel. Noticable alcohol on the finish, but very little heat. Well balanced, smooth, but needs a bit more kick on the finish. Still a fantastic concoction. Thanks Jeff!
hopdog (8460) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a dark brown color with smaller sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, fruits and oak. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, oak, vanilla and toasted malts. Alcohol well hidden. Easy to drink.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Poured a cherry amber color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, cherries, toasted oak, caramel and alcohol. Taste of vanilla, caramel, earthy yeast, toasted oak, tart cherries and alcohol. Very nice.