frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a murky reddish-brown beneath a faint, soap-sudsy, tan head. Aroma is spiced chocolate and dark fruit, grape, raisin, licorice, rum, pepper, lemon zest, yes... there is a lot of complexity in there, but it all seems to make sense. That is until I take a sip. Now I find the taste of ashen malts (ie: burnt & dirty) alongside pungent citrics (mostly grapefruit and rinds) with a raw splash of alcohol. Citrus and dark fruit linger. Body cloys like whole milk.
Some might say, "Why use 100 malts and 60 hops when one could achieve a better result with less?" I wanted my answer to be, "Well, what fun would THAT be if it WORKS?" But I may have to agree. Itís one thing to experiment with a wide range of ingredients... throw all good things into a pot and cross your fingers. Iíve done it myself (cooking, not brewing) with varied success. But if you do this with a beer and arrive at an aroma aspect which totally works while the flavor falls excruciatingly short, the overall result is still a failure. Which is a shame, when this bold experiment was intended to be the swan-song of a series. Batch 10,000, I dub thee, "Icarus." ~~~~~~~~~~ 12 oz. bottle thanks to my sister-in-law Jennie.
vtafro (6665) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Sweet malty, roasted, caramel aromas. Light boozy notes, caramel, roasted, toffee, malty Flavors.
drpimento (3121) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2016
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a very rich complex beer. Aroma is a bit on the mild side. Flavorís where it really gets going - plenty of malts, the right hops & yeast to complement. Good drinking beer.
DCLawyer (2685) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog. 2010 bottle ->mini snifter from Churchkey Vintage Vault event. Deep brown with small offwhite head. Molasses, dark fruit, cocoa, earth notes, booze. Tasty.
Homer321 (4207) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle to glass. Nose is dried fruit, cherries, light oxidation. Deep reddish brown with Garnett highlights. Small off white head. Taste is a weird bitter coffe grind flavor but without the coffee. Almost astringent. Weird. Messy.
koleminer20 (2437) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared with Jason and Brian. The pour is a dark brown/light black with a great collar of off white head and some spectacular lacing. The aroma is good. There is a strong malt and a little oxidization and a strong fruity presence. There is a light smoke and a good bitter hop. The flavor is something else. It starts really smokey and relaxes to a great fruitiness and a strongly presence. I like the surprising sweetness. The mouth feel is solid. There is a light carbonation and a good lingering fruitiness. It's good
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Shag (2839) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown to black color with a diminishing beige head.
Aroma contains molasses, raisins, dark fruit, and bourbon. The flavor is sweet and boozy with a bit of hop bitterness showing up. Overall complex and tasty. Seems to have aged well
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Tim, thanks man! Appearance is black with a nice layer of white head. Aroma is ripe fruit, coffee roast, and molases. Taste is coffee roast, light bitterness, and a touch of brown sugar. Soft mouthfeel, and nice carb. Really cool beer, I donít get the sticky pine sweetness that I am use to from most ASAís. Instead, itís very porter like with lots of roast, and a touch of extra sweerness. Delicious!
Leighton (18517) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared on the train to the Cotteridge Convention 2015. Thanks to for this geriatric beer. Pours mostly clear brown with a creamy, tan head. The nose has suggestions of age, semi-dark malts, dried dark fruits. Medium sweet flavor with earthy hops, chocolate, toasted toffee, leathery fruits. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with more earthy, leather, bitter burnt grains, berry skins. Some interesting elements here. Not bad overall.
kaser (5636) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle pour at Lakehouse. Strong. Whiskey and sweet cocoa nib aroma. Taste is booze, Malts, whiskey , and brown sugar. Prune. Grape I dunno. Crazy
mR_fr0g (9220) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared on the train Euston -> Birmingham, Cotteridge convention, 24/01/2015. Huge thanks to Colin for this one. Aroma is choc, booze, menthol, nutty smooth malts. Flavur is composed of smooth chocy malts, nutty, chocolate gateau. Paalte is full bodied, sticky sweet, moderate carbonation. Mahogany brown coloured pour with a decent tan head.