ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 2004 draught @ the brewery.
Great appearance, medium dark brown (earthy and rusty) with some lighter yellow and gold tinges throughout. Lightly effervescent and has a small off-white head on it.
Aroma is wonderfully herbal, lots of licorice and rosemary in the nose. Hints of malty sweetness.
Flavor begins with a mix of darker malty sweetness, and plenty of herbs. Spicy and varied, it’s quite enjoyable to try to pin down the different herbs used. Some astringency is immediately noticeable. Lightly watery on the finish, but has enough malt to hold up to the drying effect of the herbs. Medium bodied. The spices sit with you on the aftertaste, like a licorice/mint concoction that sticks to your palate. As this beer warmed, the flavors came forth better and it seemed to mix together better as well.
2006 draught July/August at the brewpub.
The nose carries a very strong licorice-like scent, heavy and almost astringent, were it not for the syrupy sweet caramel-chocolate sugars behind it. Not elegant as it was last batch.
If the aroma suggests problems, the flavor is just teeming with them. Syrupy, sweet, underattenuated sugars clog the palate, also due to undercarbonation. Spicing is overdone and rather crude, bombarding you with licorice-like notes again, and bitter root-like flavors/herbs. Don’t get much of the rosemary, unfortunately, as I think that is an important aspect. Poor head retention to-boot and just a mess. 6/2/5/2/8. Rating is an average of the two.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2004 Definitely not the same Cambridge gruit brew that I’ve seen the other ratings describe other Cambridge gruit beers. The things they do with gruit at this place. This was released 9 September 2004. Aroma is spicy like allspice, to tell me some gruit is a-coming! Tell-tale scent that excites me. Taste...sweet god. This is a what a palatable and flavorful beer is all about. This gets a 5 for palate almost immediately. Starry spice hit me just a bit on the taste buds. Sweet and herbal. I love it. The color is very very dark, with only a slight glimmer of light off the bottom of the sampler glass. Otherwise opaque. Taste is... slightly like fried eggs(?). This is also the only gruit beer I’ve had to claim aphrodesiac powers! Killer. A definite food texture. Gruit in this beer lasts a long while on the breath. I loved this brew.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hazy orange color with lingering white head. Aroma is wonderful: orange, lemon, ricola cough drops, other herbs. Medium body, very smooth, wheat, mint tea flavors. Perhaps my favorite of the Cambridge brews, so far.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewpub: Cloudy orange color, sweet fruits in the aroma, thin light body with a watery feel. Stale taste and ends watery.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep hazy golden with a small white head.Aroma of oregano,overall spices,herbs and a little vegetable charcater.Very complex.