TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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 (120) - 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 (2751) - 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 (3004) - 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 (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, 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 (4861) - Fort Wayne, 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.
thedm (5612) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew brought to the Three Floyds Birthday Gathering 12/27/2003 poured a fully diminished head of clear bubbles that left behind a fair lace and a very hazy brown colored sediment filled body with a green tint! It had a strong malty hop flavor with was initially hoppy then smoothened in its finish. The aroma was that of mild brown malt and raisins.
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
brown and thick. delicious spiced apple pie and cider. smells like homemade cooking. just a nice community of flavor working. reminded me of batch 6000, but alot better and no heavy annoying soy. soft, syrupy yet not cloying. wonderful.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 2003:Wow this is different.I've been looking for this one for a couple years,finally landed it. Thanks Clark!
Very murky,swampy, red/brown with a small ring of head. Very exotic aroma. Aroma is extremely malty and spicy. Lots of chewy malt,coriander,tobacco,chocolate,and a strange roasty presence. Mouthfeel is viscious,but smooth at the same time.Texture is thick.Malty,spicy,juicy-hop flavors.Lots of graham/breadiness.All sorts of things I don't uderstand in this beer.Finish has some pepper,hops,and malt/roastiness.Been sipping on it,for a hour,and it tastes the best now.WOW!Crazy,I love this beer.I imagine this beer would be a standout to age.