hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Ram in downtown Indianapolis. This beer had a small sized off-white head with fine sized bubbles that fully diminished. The body was transparent with a malty, hoppy and sweet nose. The flavor was slightly bitter, hoppy and malty. The mouthfeel was smooth and the lacing was fair.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As I drank this for free, I can't really complain. But this didn't go to far. Palate is a little malty, with some chololate malt late in the finish. Tasted a little oxidized, a little grainy bitterness.
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 From a sampler at the Indy location: This beer is a dark copper/amber color with a medium light tan head. Fair lacing. The aroma is somewhat hoppy with a pinch of nuttiness. Medium body, with a tangy hops and overly sweet malt character. The finish is a little unbalanced on the sweet side too. Although I wasn't very impressed with this one it wasn't offensive or anything.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
ruby/garnett in colour, thin persistent hwhite head, good lacing on the glass. Nose is sweet with malts and the taste is non-agressive with malts and some hops, somewhat creamy. Medium body and overall an easy drink.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Schaumburg Illinois. Slightly darker than other samples. Copper. Faint grainy nose. Flavor? I suspect that after they hired all the hot (but braindead) waitresses, built the "industrial chic" warehouse-like immense structure to house this palace of bad food and worse drink, and put in an expensive sound system to play bad 80s hits, they had no money for "flavor." Hell when you're watching Chicago sports and cutting "deals" at lunch, who needs flavor? What there is, is sweeter than the blonde (ale) but no more authentic than our fake-titted brunette (waitress).
Braudog (5576) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark copper with a quickly dying head. There's a light smoky malt character here. It's smooth, undistinctive, but it's OK. Better than Bud.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 1, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had one of these on tap at the "Ram Restaurant and Brewery" in downtown Indy. Pours a sparkling dark ruby. The mostly lasting average off white head is in between frothy and creamy. The nice lace adorns the side of the pint glass in encompassing sheets. The subtle nose is mostly floral with some light caramel and cereal tones. The toasty flavor is mostly cereal malt with no acidity. The mild and malty finish is even keeled and brisk. The medium dry palate is lively.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle) Aroma is better than the name implies. Pours deep amber brown color with a small white head. Okay, but nothing overly exciting.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 4, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
smells malty and corney, with a white head, and a dark amber color. The flavor is sickly sweet and malty witgh an acidic bite, vegtables, kinda a narsty taste.
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep amber brown. Looks like a bock. Typical malty syrup aroma and flavor, sticky and ugly. Malty, nutty and with some vanilla. Nothing worth continuing to write about.