Kinz (3105) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2008 Murky orange brown, the faintest trace of bubbles finally breaks the surface. Just not a pretty beer. Aroma initially of grapefruit baked with brown sugar on top, but just before it hit my lips, a strong waft of powerful malts rose up. The flavor is thick with molasses, toffee, and caramel, with a strong, drying hop character to balance that introduces flavors of grapefruit and a good sized pine forest. Any spices used suffuse nicely into the beer character, and serve to enhance, not overwhelm. Wonderful stuff, would age magnificently. Tried a 2006 at the 2008 VRBT. Deep brown, rich malts, caramel, treacle, almost sour tannic fruits, then a bitter hop finish. Like a good but very unusual barleywine. Identical score.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looked a lot like apple juice. Extremely spicy nose was bursting with wafty aromas. Very sweet malts (brown sugar, molasses), but not quite over my threshold. Spices were heavy and knife-like and very aromatic. Alcohol fumes wafted as well, adding another dimension to the edginess of this beer. Notes of fruit and spiced apples. Hops fraternized with the spices, making it difficult to distinguish ... but I could pick out some pine, quite possibly a little grapefruit, and a little bitterness. Dryish finish. Overall, I didn't know what to think at first, but I seemed to enjoy it more and more with every sip. And looking back, I wish I had more. Thanks, John!
egajdzis (5116) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky mahogany color with a ring of bubbles around the top of the glass. Nutty aroma of red wine, some hops, malt and alcohol. Very barleywinish. Musty taste included hints of dark fruit, ginger, caramel malt, some hops and alcohol as well. Very fulfilling mouthfeel. Thanks BBB63 for the rare Bell's hookup in PA!
TAR (2380) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003: Moderately hazed orangish rust. Headless. Microscopic, lethargic bubbles fight their way to the surface. Tangy, succulent malt aroma with tobacco, sap, and pepper notes. Hints of pine, sage, peppermint, wood, and brass. Thick and vicious as can be on the palate with miniscule carbonation. Billowing spiciness is greeted by chewy, leathery malts and a surging, unifying juiciness. Pine needles prick the palate along with a touch of mustiness and sage. Leathery malt finish with pine cones, solvent, fairly spicy bitterness, and perfectly fruity. Long sprucy, herbal afterthoughts. Intriguingly superb.
2002: The aging has produced more mellow malt and sherry notes. Spices are still at the forefront with tobacco, woody malts, pistachio, and gooey caramel. Subtle phenols, toasted graham, mulch, and some melon and peach esters. Much more integrated with a year under its belt. Round and thick. Full-bodied is an understatement. Intense spiciness tingles the roof of the mouth. Hints of wax and coarse rubbery alcohol. Finishes with spicy alcohol and bushels of savory malts. As expected, a bit mellower than the ’03, yet it still has plenty of life as there is no sign of oxidation, the malts have developed more ripeness, and the spices are still loud and clear. Need I say superlative?
craven5000 (87) - Westville, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head at all. Cloudy/dirty brown color. Thick spice aroma. Very full in mouth and syrupy. Thoughts of cough syrup and V8 came up. Challenging to drink but very easy to sip. The taste was powerful with alcohol and reminded me of non-cherry cough syrup. Very long and strong after taste.
PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy brown. Olive and raisiny aroma. Plummy flavor, balanced dubbel. Really outstanding dark fruit malt flavors. <P> Looking over the specs of this beer, I'm shocked at the strength, but I can see it as a quad at that strength despite my interpetation as a dubbel - the abv was extraordinarily masked.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very murky brown body with no head.
Fruit, marmalade-like, cooked vegetable and a deep, malty backbone for the aromas. Some port notes in the aroma too.
Great malt backbone. Raisin/plum flavors dominate. Sweet hop-bite that counters the alcohol well. Spicy with a pronounced alcohol flavor.
One of the fullest mouthfeels of a beer I think I've ever had! Quad-decoctions... Beer that aged well. Long finish.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky, muddy brown. Pour it out and you'd think a catfish could be swimming in it. Has absolutely no head, strong alcohol flavor. The taste has almost a vegetable-like flavor.
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - DEC 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2004 2003 bottle-12/27/03 RB three floyds gathering. thanks to BBB63 for letting everybody at the table sample this fine brew! cloudy brown appearance, like apple cider. lots of wierd stuff going on with the malts in this brew-it wants to go spicy. then cidery, kinda like a weizenbock. some earth hop notes in the finish. I really like this one. Dark brew with a thin head. A bitter taste along with a complex and spicy aroma make your senses confused while drinking. It took many small sips to finish this beer and the aftertaste did not go away until my next beer sampling.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. A very small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that completely dissipated. The body was hazy and uncarbonated with a brown hue. The nose was malty and the flavor was bitter and a bit sour with a lingering aftertaste. This was a medium bodied beer with fair amounts of lacing.