IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very light in color for a quad, lighter amber. Big sweet aroma, almost too sweet, a little plasticy. Lots of malt in the flavor, a little too sweet, alcohol. Big body, harsh alcohol burn. Disappointing.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2006 Thanks goes out to Radek for hooking this up! Appearance is a transparent amber with a thin off-white head. Taste is very sweet, like tangy candy, malty and slightly like alcohol. Aromas were of alcohol and very sweet.Re rate bumps it up a notch. Lots of alcoholic orange peel rind in nose and mouth. Very fruity and warming. Thanks for letting me try it again Mike!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear-ish brown-amber. Small beige head. Yeasty aroma of banana, candy, almond nuts, & toffee. Soft, full-bodied feel. Decently complex, yeasty flavour of banana, candy, almond, band-aid, cinnamon, & toffee. Spicy, peppery finish.
GregClow (2932) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby-amber colour. Boozy cotton candy aroma. Flavour is quite bitter with harsh alcohol notes and a sugary background. Iím not sure of the age of the bottle I sampled, but Iíd suspect that it couldíve done with a bit of aging to mellow it out.
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not my favorite of Averyís - and I do tend to like them. Guess Iím just not being reverential. A bit too syrupy while not having the other elements come together. Of course I will try again and see if perhaps it was just a day where we didnít meet on common ground.
Oakes (13021) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2008 Slightly hazy golden-amber. Plasticy nose with peach and alcohol. Very plasticy, with thick, gluey malts. SOme peach/pear fruitiness. Stiff shot of alcohol helps improve drinkability but only to a point.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear, ripe garnet hue, with a slight, but sure, head of off-white, nearly green foam atop.
Aroma: again, ripe is the right word, pungent, strong, intensely fruity, (grape, cherry, peach).
Taste: big flavor, bold fruitiness, immediate alcohol presence. Unfortunately, this all dies down rather quickly, and the rest of the brew lacks any real bite, the bright and dazzling initial promise has faded for sure. ABV feels heavy, palate is substantially weighed down, but thatís merely temporary, for it thins out too fast. Fruit flavor is dominant, and the 10% becomes hotter as the glass empties.
This is one of my favorite styles of beer, and Iím glad that Avery took a valiant stab at producing their version, but it lacks a lot in the complexity department, something a beer of this type should never suffer from. Not perfect, but not too terrible, either...though it ended up; tasted more like whiskey than beer by the end of the bottle!
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This did not quite live up to my admittedly high expectations, and I am not quite sure why. The bitterness of this beer really stuck out for me, as did the alcohol. Still quite enjoyable but many of the complexities are lost on an even slightly tired palate because of the dominating presence of the hops and alcohol. Deserves a second go round. Cheers Radek for this one.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAY 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a quickly dissipating frothy head. Almost no lacing. Dark orange and copper colored. Strong spicy/fruit aroma. Taste of Spice and alcohol with lots of candi sugar. Will buy another and cellar.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber color with medium head. Good lacing. Smell is strong of Belgian candi sugar. Flavor is initially sweet with an alcoholic whallop half way down your throat. Alcohol wasnít burning, but present with the candi sugar taste balancing. The typical musty/medicinal Belgian characteristic was missing from this one.