dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Only had one, soon after I purchased. My understanding is that this beer is made for aging, so I canít wait to review one I have that is 4-5 years old. Would not recommend drinking this without some serious aging.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bitter, sweet, tart, wild...I cringed when I first took my sip. AustinMilbarge sipped first and exclaimed "oh wow!" Drank day after purchasing--definitely need to age this one. Medicinal, bitter, harsh! Lots of hops and right now unbalanced. Reminds me of Old Crustacean, which was the only other beer I can remember to jolt me so much. Tastes like pine sap.
TheBeerGod (5452) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to jeffin7 for bringing this to When Continents Collide 2! Cloudy brown with almost no head. Nose is odd, but has fruit, some alcohol and hops standing out to me. Taste is more fruit and spice with the hop character coming forward a little more. Thick bodied with a spicily hopped finish. Do I understand correctly that this recipe changes yearly?
ElGaucho (2275) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 GTM. High alcohol aroma. Thick, murky, not much head. Off-white head. Knock your socks off flavor. Eccentric pretty much sums it up. Tangy, sour, high alcohol. Almost like a barley wine. Tastes like there is wine poured into the beer. Both the aroma and flavor are very complex. Not sure I really like it.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of pailhead (big thanks): Bottle conditioned. Pours to an opaque dark brown that almost has some blood red notes to the edges (no it doesnít look at all like blood). When held to the light it appears in shades of dark brown, ruby, and then straw going towards the edges. Medium particles of yeast are visable in the bottom of the glass. The aroma is roasted caramel, grade B maple syrup, honey, nuts, plums, apples, light alcohol, fruity yeast, mild carrots, and bit of tiny vinous grapes. The taste is sticky sweet pears & plums, but also a roasted/burnt caramel, maple bark, maple syrup, honey-covered nuts, fruity yeast, a hint of salt penuts, hints of apricots, and stewardofgondor gets it right when he says brandy sautťed almonds, and a hint of cocoa. Mediumj-full bodied, medium carbonation, sticky mouthfeel that is just slightly syrupy. Finishes with dry cocoa, maple sap, and a hint of plums later out. I was very excited to try this and itís decent, but the flavors just donít work in the end.
Art (2053) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet beer shared at voodoo. Figgy goodness. Decent drinker. Good in the cold.
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mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong aroma with a dark, dirty pour, huge alcohol taste and a complex, changing mouthfeel.
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AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Yeah, like dukefan said. I shouldnít have had this one so fresh. This felt almost powdery in my mouth. Alcohol was apparent
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Cloying honey sweetness courted by sedate Thai basil and plentiful dried fruit...Butterscotch contributes to the oily body and is strangely overcome by green hop bitterness...A respectable alcohol burn paints the end of the tongue, as entertainment oscillates from thoughtless delirium to cultivated imagination...
A 3-year-old 2004 vintage presented tons of honeyed sweetness leaking onto alcohol heat and green hop bitterness...This is soooo sweet, it doesnít seem to have changed that much with the years...I didnít know what to make of it when I first had it, but now Iím sure this is really not my thing...
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a murky brown body with no head or lacing. The aroma is sweet yet slightly sour with fruity/raisony notes, a touch of mint and a little caramel. The flavor is very sweet with dark fruit notes, some brown sugar and a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth and slightly warming.