jazz88 (2600) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle of the 2004 vintage. Ruby brown color with a tan head. Intense wine (merlot) flavors grow more complex and interesting over time. A dry grape finish with a white wine sprits. This one rated #2 out of 8 in our annual Christmas gathering (12/22/06).
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #276 sampled on 6/28/06: Barely transparent dark copper mahogany pour has a thin, wispy tan head. Sweet malty dark caramel and light fruity aroma has a nice merlot oaky complexity. Body starts with a viscous earthy caramel, but only a mild sweetness and a very complex, oaky, tart, lightly citric and fruity balance. A very interesting and unique beer, especially from Switzerland.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
#947, From the bottle, had at the December 06 Chicago Gathering at ElGaucho’s Place. Brown hazy thin brown head that is medium lasting. Nose is very strong even from a distance with lots of apple and sweetness from like grape skin (merlots?), taste has some huge alcohol, tannins with some smoke and oak with vanilla and sugars. Very good.
Frank (3290) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I sampled this fine beer thanks to Mr. Cornfield who is a lovely gentleman to bring this by. It is certainly one of the most interesting of the many fine beers we sampled at a gathering graciously hosted by Mr. El Gaucho. Typical of sour ales, this pours a muddy brownish red. The nose is nice w/ sour apple dominating. Fabulously complex w/ notes of cherry, oak and vanilla. Slightly tart w/ just enough carbonation to keep things interesting.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear garnet with few, if any, bubbles. Essentially still. The aroma is just huge. Loads of vinous character: red wine, oak, cherries, spice, alcohol, light malt, red grapes and some sweet vanilla. The body is thick and silky as the lack of carbonation allows the liquid to encapsulate the tongue. The flavor is strong and shows more barrel-aged character. Mostly sweet with a hint of tannin bitterness and licorice-esque alcohol heat. The finish is long and warm, a good cold-weather beer. This isn’t a bad beer, but not quite as elegant as I’d hoped. The barrel-aging is cool, but probably a little too dominate and the strength just isn’t hidden at all. I like it, but a little refinement could make this really fantastic, at least in terms of my tastes.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent. Not much to look at, a murky reddish brown body bereft of head - but what sniffing and sipping delights it provides. The aroma is almost wine-like, filled with the funky, soured smells of slightly burnt raisins, dates, and figs along with a good whiff of alcohol. The alcohol cuts the sweet flavors somewhat, but the fruitiness remains strong and is joined by a syrupy maltiness, alcohol, and a brett-like sour funkiness. I really wish I picked up more of these when I had the opportunity.
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ElGaucho (2291) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, sour aroma. Reddish, murky body with yellow along the edges. Light yellow/tan head. Nice lace. Full bodied, rich and sweet. High alcohol profile. A little sour, strong. Excellent.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Blue Max. How complex is this? weird in that is just like a glass of... oh wait, is it a glass of Merlot or Grappa?? or maybe Cabernat? Well it is very thin on the tongue with zero carbonation but man there sure are a lot of flavors here and like a good wine it is sec ( dry ).Loads of oaken notes also.
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown , with a tan head. Aromas are sweet malt, dark fruit, raisins, wood, and vanilla. Flavors are slightly sour malt, wood, bourbon, fruit, wine, and vanilla. Rather intertesting and not exactly what I thought it would be. Thanks to eclectic for this one.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
At the PIB 2006 preparty. The rarity of this beer kinda won me over without even trying it. I was just so amazed at the story that was told before sampling it, all the different barrels it aged in, the time it has spent before I was able to even try it. Did it let me down? no. Very complex flavor, with the two glasses of this that I was able to try the flavors never felt familiar. Different fruits peaked, bourbon, oak, wine, brown sugar, fig, grapes, and yeast esters swam in a complex patern that was hard to pin down. Light acidity to the finish, fairly dry. With this many flavors put in I could see how this beer could just be a mess of flavors that don’t work together. But I found them all working nicely and giving this beer an amazing character.