DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
15-Jul-13 (330-ml bottle, Bottled in 2004: Purchased for $3.20 at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA)
Just a few quick notes where this beer is at this point, pushing nine years old. It pours a very hazy, golden-orange body with nearly an inch of whitish head that settles to a full, thin blanket. The impressive retention is bolstered by a significant amount of rising carbonation; not bad for a beer this old. The nose is very honeyed and sweet, with a background of tropical fruit and sweet dough. More honeyed fruit on the flavor, very bready, some toffee and caramel, a pleasant citrus and tropical fruit flavor, but also some coriander-like herbal and spicy character behind the honeyed flavor. Medium-plus in weight, medium in carbonation, a bit sweet and heavy in the mouthfeel for this to be considered easy to drink. Overall, yeah, the oxidation has finally caught up this beer. I tend to enjoy some oxidation in some beer styles, but this has exceeded my threshold. If you have one, drink it. If you see one on a retail shelf, pass.
chrisv10 (15279) - DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ FOneFan. Hazy dark yellow with small white head. Aroma is malt, fruit, yeast and a little liquorice. Flavour is malt, yeast, fruit, hops, little liquorice, medium sweet and medium bitter.
Rasmus40 (17532) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy yellow with a lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, yeasty and fruity. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 310312
saxo (16771) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is golden. Aroma and taste are yeast, fruits, burnt caramel, malt and hops.
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
$1.99 a bottle; albeit, it is an 11.2 oz. bottle. Still, it’s a great deal. Nice fluffy head sits on-top of a hazy yellow body. The aroma of lemon hits my nose, but the main thing that piques my curiosity is the malt cereal aroma. It has a sweet syrupy aroma, as well. Meh... I could do without the aroma. It’s an interesting aroma, it just doesn’t smell good. This is somewhat nasty. Seriously, it has a sweet cereal malt flavor that is not too impressive, or good for that matter. The $1.99 price-tag is now making sense. Shit, I was about to buy a case of this to age; fuck that shit! It has a decent texture, but this beer is just very bleh....
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004. Honeyed cereal aroma. Bright gold, thick creamy white head. Sweet, little broken in body, more honey cereal, dries out a touch in the finish, though mostly consistent throughout.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle. 10.16.10
Pours on the darker side of yellow with some swirling yeast and a sparkling white head. Nose is sour apple, apple cider, toast, caramel malt, lemon zest, and wheat. The taste is sweet wheat, dough, toast, caramel, apple cider, sour lemon, and vanilla. Great blonde. This was almost 7 years old, brewed in 2004 and only $3.00 at Bottleworks. Really good blonde with a twist. Mouthfeel was perfect between cloying and watery, nicely balanced.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle picked up by my parents visiting Wa. Nice of them to stop at bottleworks and pick this up pretty randomly. Bottled in 2004. Wow! Losts of carbonation and white bubbles that lasted a good while. Aromas were sweet and a little sour. Refreshing taste of lemon, zest, wheat, dough, some vanilla detected. Very good blonde. MMM. Thanks Mom and Dad.
bhensonb (14080) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 bottle from Ledgers Liquor. Bottled 2004! Pours amber/gold with a large foamy off-white head. Aroma of honey and lightly burnt malt. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, touch of honey, and not quite toffee. Or maybe toffee. Fresh and excellent. Very good for a 6 year old. Finishes mildly sweet, toffeeish and there’s some balancing bitterness. Quite tasty.
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear coloured blonde body with a ton of small bubbles, a thin white head and complete clarity - no opacity. Aroma of honey, oranges, yeast, raw sugar, pollen and some nice alcohol. Medium to Full-bodied; Great yeast and light malt flavour with a great amount of sugar and fruit flavours with some bittering flavours, coriander seed freshness and a subtle bit of curacao. Overall, a very nice beer - perfect in complexity and perfect in body - not too light, not too weak, with a bunch of good flavours. Definitely worth trying if you can find it or if you are going to Seattle! I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from BottleWorks in Seattle, Washington on 25-April-2009 sampled at home in Washington on 11-January-2010.