jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Ryan for this extra, hoping the high alcohol has helped this stay decent. 12oz bottle poured into my Narke glass....Pours a medium clear copper, deeper brown in the center. The head is a watery whispy ugly off white. No retention, just doesn’t look appealing...The aroma is like a wit barleywine. Strong alcoholic honey, orange peel, coriander, lots of wheat, a hoppy finish. Seems like it would be ok, doesn’t really work for me though. Spices are too strong...The taste is more subdued, most of the harsh spice and alcohol notes are gone. Tastes like a alcoholic witbier that has some sweet honey notes. Not bad, not great, slightly above average...Mouthfeel is glassy and warm...Its easy to drink but I’m not in love with it, so I’m struggling to finish this.
I can’t recommend this now, however its held up better than I would have thought.
paultheguru (650) - Parker, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a snifter. Batch 8k pours a burnt orange color with an off-white head almost an orange color. Moderate retention rate; decent lacing. There are some sour tones in the aroma as well as, honey, clove, a slight amount of citrus, yeasty esters, and a hint of banana bread. Tastes is pleasant, spices up front, mostly clove and nutmeg, with some anise. Some citrus flavors also roll around the tongue blended with some honey. Slightly bitter/sour. Mouthfeel is smooth and effervescent. Very nice carbonation level. It is very drinkable brew, almost reminds me of a less carbonated La Fin Du Monde from Unibroue, with a lot more flavor.
DalzAle (1843) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by arminjewell. Clear orange pour, no carbonation and an aroma of orange and spices. Althought the aroma was decent, the flavor was stale malt and herbs. Would have liked to try this fresh, as this was past its prime.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour to snifter. Amber pour with a off white collar. Aroma is sugary wheat and some faint fruit. Taste is more sugar and wheat with a mutled fruity finish. Palate is medium feel and finishes sticky and chaulky.
arminjewell (5148) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy orange, white head. Aroma has notes of orange, fruity esters, some earth, spice, grains of paradise and some coriander. Main aroma is grains of paradise. Taste is downhill, notes of some orange, slight earth, and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Some cardboard. Past its prime, but would have been good fresh.
fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, courtesy of jason. Citrus oil, sharp, vaguely peppery spice, butterscotch. Sweetness clashing with an astringent spiciness. Very odd at this late date with the intense spice character competing with citrus tones reminiscent of those in old IPA’s (I guess I’ve never really had an old wit/double wit, so perhaps it’s just the combination of the citrus with the sweetness from the old malt). In any case, interesting to see what age did to a beer such as this.
LilBeerDoctor (3227) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Well I guess this beer is far past its prime, but there’s nothing I can do about that anymore...Pours a cloudy brown orange with a small white head. Aroma of old caramel malt, piss, orange juice. Flavor of Belgian yeast, sweet fruits, melon rind, orange peel. The spices have largely left this one and the sweetness is a bit much. I think I agree with the commercial description "best consumed fresh". This is not a beer to save for a rainy day!
MaltOMeal (1088) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bleeng? Shared at the January Houston RB Tasting at my place. Pours cloudy, light gold with no head. Nose is of spices and grain. Taste is of spices and orange rind. Mouthfeel is medium.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
January Houston Tasting. Pours a honey gold. Nose if very wheat. Flavor is very wheat as well, with some soft spices. This borders on barley wine more than anything else to me. Meh.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from a bottle in a strong orange color, this is the first beer I’ve had whose nose is like malted milk. Clearly a very strong beer, the taste is an odd combo of sweet and spice, with caramel, orange and coriander (wondered what that was) notes. Average carbonation. I’d try it again but best perhaps in small amounts. I shared this unusual brew at a tasting, many thanks to MaltOMeal, zinister, bleeng and TexasJeep.