hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 2002. Poured a dark, hazy amber color with a large, frothy, off white head. Malty smells. Light tastes - malty and sweet. Tastes are too light for me to really pick anything specific, other than some sweetness out. Not sure if it lost some aroma and tastes in the aging process (tasted 2002 vintage on 6/29/04). Not bad but then again, nothing special stood out.
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter 2003 version sampled in June 2004. Orangish-red with many very tiny suspended particles. Massive rocky, yellow-white head with fantastic staying power. Spicy aroma: cinnamon, all spice and ginger along with sugary toffees and caramels. Malty, rich flavor with juniper berries, toffee, lightly roasted malts, minty herbals, and a touch of lightly bitter hops and even dark chocolate towards the end. Sweet, crisp finish. The spices and the fruity-sweetness work wonderfully together. I was skeptical of the "Gold Metal Winner" mention on the label, but I was pleasantly surprised.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 release... I picked a few of these up out of the discount bin at a local beverage store fo a buck each. Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a small but lasting head. Aroma is very malty sweet with some butter and vanilla. Flavor is malty, and lingeringly sweet. It seems that any hop flavors have settled out and are almost undecernable now. Very much like a mellow dopplebock. Easily drinkable, but nothing to rave about.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Barley wine style ale. Sweet raisin and syrup, piney hops, spicy. A bit too sticky for me, but its not bad at all.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color took some time to categorize, not quite violet and muddier than red, magenta? Off-white head, and an aroma full of sweetness, soft and candyish. Light texture, but an immediate sensation of syrupy, caramely sweetness. Strong vanilla component, too. Not as spicy as I'd been informed. Dazzling finish, though, which sits and swims in the mouth for as long as it pleases. I held back on high marks, though, for the vanilla candy aspect was just not for me.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Perfect winter beer. Dark red color, malty, sweet, and rich. Carmel Flavor.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
amber, reddish color with a nice foamy head and a good amount of carbonation, aroma is spicy with malt and definite hints of apples and vanilla; very different flavor, both sweet and spicy – spices hit first followed by a burst of an apple/vanilla finish, very smooth
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of mild cinnamon, chocolate, and biscuit. The flavor a bit of chocolate and biscuit with soft cinnamon and ginger . It is a bit thin but that makes it all the more drinkable. Nice alternative to Anchor OSA.
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 Vintage. Dark reddish brown body with a medium tan head. Spicy hop aroma and an underlying sweetness seem to be the main culprits here. I can't pick out exactly what the sweetened notes remind me of. Possibly fruit, but I can't be certain. The taste leans more towards cocoa and hops which completely threw me for a loop. The mouthfeel is very creamy as well. Not too bad, but the hops detract from this just a smidge. Still, this is pretty good, although nothing extraordinary.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had a cold so I didn't smell much of anything. It had a redish brown look with medium frothy off white head. Sweet flavor that finishes sweet.