JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper. Frothy white head.
Aroma has sugary doughnuts and greens, some salt. Moderately weird.
Flavor hasÖ sweet malty alchol with some dough.
Not much going on, but no flaws.
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2007 Pours a medium clear copper with almost no head. Aroma was sort of weak. A little malt and maybe corn. Flavor was quite nice. Nice malts and some mild hops. Is crisp, tart, malty all in one. A nice 9.5% bite thats warms the belly a little. I realize now that I sampled it too cold. As it warmed the aroma became better. More yeasty.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel color. Smell of Malt, sweet caramel, pineapple, lemons, honeydew melon, hops, bananas and alcohol. It smells like an imperial Colt 45. Taste of roasted nuts, minor fruit, rye, malt, hops, caramel, alcohol and a raisin bitterness at the end. Makes your mouth fizzy and it makes your body warm up.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bright light copper color with a taller bigger, round bubbled head. Smells like an amber, a touch disconcerting. Toffee and caramel, some light stewed raisins, and light grains. No sign of alcohol which for the stated strength is surprising. Smell more like a mild amber malt liquor the more I sniff. Strong malt flavors and a heavy strong brew flavor, that after the aroma is rather stunning. Nutty malt and strong esters drift about. Things are slightly amiss. Perhaps the hops schedule was off, or the malt fermented fuller, either way we have a strong amber, with not much complexity or character. But still rather smooth for the strength.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured a clear fiery light copper with a short-lived cap of white head and some rising carbonation.
The nose was oddly faint and not un-like some of Capitalís stronger bocks (but not as complex or enticing)... toffee, caramel, and honey sweetness with faint rubbing alcohol and dark fruit. The flavor really didnít get any better.. caramel and rum-laced toffee with rubbing alcohol and honey.. sticky-sweet toffee and herbs at the slick finish. Never really established a presence or complexity during the drink. I have to agree with the "miss" assessment below.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. I will start off by saying I am very disappointed with this beer. I greatly anticipated its release, esp. since it was to be an ale. It pours nicely with a moderate rocky head that has some staying power. The beer is a nice orangish amber. Not much of a nose, slightly honey-like. Taste is malty and sweet. Little else really. I do not believe it is 9.5% alcohol. Nothing in the way of an alcohol burn. Remarkably little flavor or depth for a supposedly big beer. I donít get it. Kirby rarely misses - esp. with big beers. This is a miss.