Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a treat it was last Thursday night, as this grizzled old veteran of the “Phoenix Street Wars”, made it safe and sound to my home away from home “Papago Brewery” for “Deschutes Promo Night”, and low and behold, not only was there three great Deschutes for me to sample, but some Chimay Millennium 01 in the one and a half liter bottles, and another favorite brewery was represented also, Avery in the form of “Old Jubilation”! The God’s of beer were extra special to me for sure, maybe as a reward for not drawing from my holster the old Colt 45 Six-Shooter and popping off a few of the ID10T’s, that invest the streets of Phoenix.
The beer projects a translucent deep brown color, the head piled high supported by the glass, all frothy and light tan, the lace a filmy sheet draped over this gorgeous temptress of the brewers art. The floral aroma of the hops greets you first, followed by the sweet malt; also I sense a hint of alcohol, brandy like a better description, this nose a portent of things to come for the lucky imbiber of this brew. Front is ambrosial and thickly malted, the top full and round, the finish devilishly acidic and the hops also Mephistophelian in their spiciness, dry and lingering aftertaste that ends this superexcellent beer.
Kinz (3251) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red, nice head, slowly fading. Smelled of balanced malts and hops, very nice. Good palate. Taste is OK, but a bit thin on the end. Wish it had gone more towards a barley wine.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I can not think of a better way to spend a labor day then playing PS2, watching the occasional movie, surfing the net, and drinking/rating beer. I love this country!
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2003 Re-rate: Beer pours ruby red with a big off white head that is retained. There is significant lacing. Aroma is very sweet, almost cloyingly so. Gotta be very malty. Fortunately the flavor is deeply malty, but there is a bit of hops to balance out the package. No alcohol apparant even though this tips the scales at 8% ABV. Pretty good.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 dark cola color with a nice lacing head...chocolatey aroma with notes of spiced candied fruit and toasted pumpernickle..flavors bled chocolatey with notes of gingerbread, fruit cake, and sweet n spicy ambrosia
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes this indeed did have a very nice wooden appeal to the color. Had a very simple yet nice and roasty freshly ground coffee thing in tha head. Tasted like a liquid walnut. Very nice brew.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogony with a very malty front and end. Hops are much less pronounced than the malt. Flavor of burnt cookies and prunes. A nice finish with a toasty aftertaste. Decent.
JFGrind (1834) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I never heard of this beer or brewery until somebody introduced to me at a party. An English Strong Ale showing up at a summer Rolling Rock and wine party was a great surprise. Beer had a short lasting compact head, a cola color, roasted flavor, and coffee nose.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Amber color. Large head. Aroma is malty and nutty. A medium bodied. Malts are nutty, dark fruits and molasses. Hops are spicy. Well balanced. Smooth taste. No hint of the 8% alcohol. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry. Nice..
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper brown with a pillowy light tan head which leaves a fine lace behind. Sweet caramel malty aroma with hints of potpourri and ground coffee beans. Body is sweet with light chocolate and coffee before a dry warming hop finish. This beer has the same hop flavor as almost every other Colorado micro I've tried. It's somewhat metallic and wants to be overpowering, but ends up pretty bland. The complexity of malts in this beer, however, do a relatively good job of covering it up, as well as masking the 8% abv.