Oakes (13538) - 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 (8485) - 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.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, good looking reddish pour, with a light head and very aromatic. I could definetely smell and taste the alcohol, a little overwhelming, but the spices kicked in to save the day. Quite an aftertaste of alcohol and spice left on the palate. Itíll be awhile before I try another.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Isnít the label a rating category? Darn...should be! Oh well, I guess weíll have to rate this one the contents. Poured a ruddy-orange with a light head. Aroma has a bit nutty (odd?). Tasted was surprisingly spicy, with a sweet ride to the finish.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice bottle. Broke one open, not much of a head even with a very vigorous pour. Orange, cloudy pour. Sweet/cherry aroma is all I am getting.
Was medium/heavy in body, slightly cloying in finish.
Overall I enjoyed this and expect the bottle to cellar particularly well. The high alcohol was inperceptable.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a crystal clear copper with no head and a lace ring. The aroma is fresh bread, candy sugar, and spice. The flavor is drier than I thought it would be, peppery, spicy, currants, and alcohol. The palate is heavy. Overall, this is a monster of a beer but not at all refreshing.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2005 Bottle. Pours a dark red/orange with a pretty one finger beige head with full glass lacing. Nose is hoppy, spicy and sweet. After smelling it, I thought that the first sip would be very powerful, and thankfuly it was not. The flavor is complex, but I will try to describe it: The first flavor notes that I pulled out was black pepper, sweet malt, currants, and hops. Secondary flavors are of alcohol, caramel, maybe a slight black cherry/raisin taste. The finish is slightly drier and burns just a little going down. Iíll be honest, after smelling this beer I thought that this would be an overpowering spicy beer. But I was wrong. This is an almost perfectly balanced hand crafted beer. The taste reminds me of a Dali painting: I canít describe it, but it is most definately a thing of beauty.