jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours medium orange with a thin head. Aroma is those orange and black cheap halloween candies (yet it works fairly well), caramel. Flavor is sweet malts bordering on sticky sweet, those holloween candies, slight oxidied caramel/cardboard. Nice rich sipper.
Silphium (2969) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2005 Many thanks to walleye for parting with a bottle of this rarity! Murky orange-brown body with lots of yeast sediment, thin light cream head. Caramely, toasty aroma with subtle remnant hops, a bit oxidized. Mellow, full caramel and toast malty flavor with light buttery notes and hints of earthy hops, but these were mostly faded. Nice, tight carbonation for a five year-old beer. Still solid after all this time.
tjwais (42) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible aroma of apples and other sweet flavors, namely caramel or syrup. I guess it was oxidation, but the almost cardboard-ish taste was mild and made the drink very smooth and pleasing. I would call it a "soft" beer. Smooth finish, almost like oil... Very glad my brother let me have half of an aged glass. GREAT beer.
5000 (4967) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a dark muddy caramel, large off-white frothy head, visible sediment sits stationary, soft carbonation, with quite attractive lacing.   For a five year old beer, it certainly looks good.   Unfortunately the nose isn’t as nice, overcooked vegetable and light butterscotch on the nose.   Certainly not what I expected.   If there was any hop presense, it is all gone now.   As it warms the alcohol becomes more noticable.   Flavor of diactyl and oddly enough, Tootsie Rolls!!!   Guessing this beer has already peaked.   Wow, damn Tootsie Rolls.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly medium, but I can see where it mighta been mighty fine back in the day.   Finishes with very soft caramel/toffee, but with that fake Tootsie Roll flavor lingering... blech.   Thanks goes out to jtw for giving me the opportunity to try this one!
tiggmtl (4513) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Vinous aroma - cider vinegar and cardboard. Opaque orange-tan with plenty of yeast in suspension and shy white head that recedes to ring. Strong meaty, vinegary flavour with cardboard-like oxidation. Prickly carbonation. Very dry. Sadly this one seems to have been aged longer than it should have been. Tulip glass, just above fridge temp. Bottle sampled with ClarkVV, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
New England Road Trip Easter ’05 with MartinT, tiggmtl and Rastacouere, beer #40. Sampled in our motel room, joined by the locquacious and sagacious ClarkVV. 12 oz bottle, 2000, provided by munificent Clark. Thick, yeasty amber-brown with huge floaty chunks...cider-vinegary nose with dry citric bits...sour, vinous body, apples and clay, some interesting brown sugar and maple separated out...too old or not stored that well, but still somewhat interesting.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A special thanks to Walleye Jim for giving me this one of a kind bottle of beer. This beer poured a dark amber with a brown hue and no reddish tint at all, there was a slight haze, as I dumped some of the chunky yeast in from the bottom. The head was thin and whitish, but quickly disappeared. The aroma was all nutty malt, like roasted pistachios, with a wine like oak aroma floating around in the background. As it warmed the aroma changed toasted grains and slight caramel. The flavor is indeed mild, again malt first with a little balancing hop bitterness. The flavor is of caramel and Munich malt, and a slight yeast finish. The beer is extremely smooth, not even seeming like a 7.5% beer. I am very impressed at how well this beer has aged considering it is only 7.5%. Still I would have liked to try it a few years back when it was a little less "mature."
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
In trade with Styles.Thanks Chris. Murky like spring flood river water.Some fruitiness and sweet malts.It is a litle old for the style but I still am very happy to taste this.Acidic smell almost but still has a mild flavor of caramel apples.A little like apple vinegar at this point.
Rastacouere (6041) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
5 yr old bottle. This particular bottle has not held up very well. Bottle-conditioned, it pours a cloudy amber, topped by a filmy off-white head, lasting. Aroma is passed its prime to say the least. It proposes sausages and tart apples notes in a crusty and sauerkraut like background. Sharply vinegary flavour profile, earthy, cookie-ish and mildly alcoholic. Light bodied has certainly lost some of its glory. Thanks for the opportunity Clark.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to JTW for the bottle. Pours a golden copper with a very thin white head. Aroma was sweet and tart with peaches and alcohol. Flavor was tart, sweet, and fruity. Some pineapple, caramel, and a lightly smokey malt underneath. Sweet and sour finish with some noticable alcohol, which surprised me since this isn’t a giant beer. There was also a short bitterness within the sweet finish.