hopdog (9423) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured amber in color with a small off-white head. Strong Alcohol smell with aromas of malts, caramels, and butterscotch. Sweet tasting with a bitter finish and a strong alcohol taste (almost overpowering).
Dogbrick (8910) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: Pours a clear golden orangle color with a thin white head. Decent lacing throughout. The aroma is very nice, a heady mixture of malt, honey and alcohol. Unfortunately the flavor doesn't come close to fulfilling the promise in the aroma. The body is carbonated with a rather Lager-ish character. Peppery alcohol and sweet caramel malt see-saw back and forth throughout. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. This beer was a bit of a letdown overall. Perhaps the (scalding?) alcohol content is to blame, but the beer seems unbalanced and is difficult to enjoy.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brilliant amber gold, with thick white head. Sweet malt nose, with some fruit notes. Nice and malty, with sweet alcohol that remains concealed behind the rich marshmallow like malt. Some tootsie roll....Delicious!
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper with a large white head. Banana nose with fusel alcohol notes. Sweet flavor, lots of banana, some hot fusels, bready yeast. Odd bitter finish.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I was expecting more, perhaps that’s my main beef. Body was just a bit thinner than I expected. Decent middle of the road ingredients flavor, with a warming spicy alcoholic finish. Noble European hops in there somewhere, almost indiscernable but there is some bitterness, just enough to make the malt not so cloying.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2005 Pours a clear amber color with a medium white head.
Sensual but simple aroma of apricot, caramel and alcohol. Very good and enjoyable flavor of apricot, caramel and alcohol, the alcohol seems to be a tad too dominant though. Medium body, syrupy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. I enjoy this beer quite a lot but I recognize that the alcohol is too present and prevents this beer to be world class.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Best before date of 2005, Sampled June 2004
Pours a hazy orange copper color, it is topped by a thin tan head. I get immediate strong aromas of malt and alcohol. These are joined by notes of orange, sherry, apricot, and a liquor like sweet aroma. The taste is only lightly sweet up front (drier than the nose would suggest). It finishes with a mix of fruity orange flavors and alcohol. This is much lighter in body than I was expecting. This beer is definitely malt dominated, the alcohol hotness is the next most dominant flavor. In fact the alcohol is a bit too much, there needs to be more beer here to tone down the hot alcohol notes. This is not bad by any means, but certainly is not great either.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very, Very, nice drink. I’m a fan of Belgians, and this is a nice one! I didn’t get overpowered by alcohol, it had a steady flavor, but not too strong like some Belgians, Good fruity taste. I enjoyed it as an after dinner drink.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good amber color with a good sized topping of foam. Aroma is has a heavy floral presence and a bit of grapes and banana in it. The flavor is very sweet, borderline too sweet. Regardless, it has a good mouthfeel, not bitter but has a decent bite to it as it hits the middle of the tongue.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2005 Here it was labelled ’Bush 12’... Brown sugar, fruity aroma. Clear golden amber with a thick line of white head. Marginal sudsy lacing. Strong alcohol kick burns the nose on first tasting but becomes unnoticeable thereafter. Mellows to sugary sweetness with a fairly strong bitter finish. Medium light body and fine carbonation. Bottle (sampled at Mondial 2004). Resampled a full 250ml bottle and found more or less the same things I noted previously. This one is just bit too hot and boozy for my liking, though the underlying flavours are good. Thanks for the bottle, MartinT!