GregClow (3027) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc, mabel & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Reddish-golden with a few floaties and a small head. Very active body, lotsa bubbles whipping around in the glass. Aroma - wow! - apples, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), booze (brandy), oak - very warm, very good. Medium bodied with a lot of fizz. Flavour of apples and wood, spice and yeast, definitely some booze, but I didn’t find it nearly as hot as some of the other folks at the tasting. I really, really liked this.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served too cold, initially, at 45 deg in Expedition snifter. Very spritzy, champagne-like. Intense apple presence, cidery at first. Good bit of alcohol burn; this is hot no question. The aroma smells strongly of alcohol, too.
As the beer warms there become a bread pudding flavor, in a slightly thickening body. As it warms further, buttery apple cake comes through in the aroma. The flavor is becoming a smidgeon grainy, with anise.
Still developing -- more later. Tentative early rating: Thanks to hophead75.
Prediction: this beer will age into a weird thin beer, like Matilda - bretty and wild, effervescent so it’ll blow the top off, CRAZY!
theisti (3588) - Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from beastiefan2k. Pour is a gusher - hazy golden with floating particulates with a billowing white head that falls fast. Very fine carbonation is visible. Aroma of Brandy booziness, with floral-citrus hops. Lots of apple on the nose. Taste is very sharp on the apple Brandy initially, falling quickly into more traditional Tripel flavors - fruit (apple) sweetness with grassy Belgian yeastiness. Pretty boozy on the finish. Really cool concept that was well executed, just too much Brandy and apple for me. Thanks for sending this one my way Eugene!
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle share by Tim that he got from beasteifan2k. GUSHER!!!! Murky orange with lots of sediment. Sticky eggshell white head with good lace. The aroma was warm with booze, with a bit of apple and the hops are still there. Wood flavors, tart. and very dry. Fuller body. High carbonation. Dry finish. Disappointing.
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mabel & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. This stuff is crazy bubbly! It was coming out of the bottle after we opened it. Pours a hazy orange-amber-gold with tons of little floaties and a small diminishing creamy white head. Looking good. Nice aroma of caramel, apples, brandy, hops, spices, yeast, sugar and more! Flavour of oak and apples along with caramel malt and alcohol. Medium bodied. Man, there’s no way I could drink a whole bottle of this to myself but shared a few ways it’s fantastic, original, flavourful and very well done.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, sampled alongside the Xtra Gold. Poured murky brownish golden with minimal white head. Aroma is dominated by apple, wood, and alcohol; very little of the aroma of the base beer comes through. Some wheat flavor is present initially, which is then joined by vanilla, oak, and apple and alcohol . Some hops are evident in the finish. Overall, this is a tasty beer, but i think the barrel aging comes on a bit strong.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample tasted at "Spring in the new year with brett" at fordests house. I am going to give this one another shot when it is by itself and I can focus on the complexities. Otherwise, I was dissapointed by my favorite brewery. First time that has happened.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting, courtesy of Fordest’s event. Beer #9. A copper-gold color with a small white head. Big nose with sour apples, yeast and brandy. The flavor is somewhat boozy - the alcohol is a little too upfront and overshadows what is otherwise a fine concoction. I taste sour apples, brandy and grapes. The mouthfeel is silky smooth. The finish is short with a lingering sweet and sour effect. Overall: I will have to try this again when it is not bookended by big powerful ales.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is apply yummy goodness. Fuuuuck. I want to put this in a pie.
Taste is initially sharp apple, followed by tons of alcohol and butteriness. Some oak is also present.
Finish is buttery, somewhat skunky, apples.
Pretty okay, but nothing spectacular.
So much fucking alcohol. Not bad!
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Blankboy, Mabel,and GregClow, courtesy of Harry. Huge alcohol, apple, wood, and vanilla aroma- very nice. Dark yellow, hazy (like cooked apples?), small white head - looks good. Taste - all booze at first. Softens a bit on subsequent sips, revealing apple brandy, a bit of yeast, a long ferocious alcohol burn. Seriously, to me the alcohol masks all other flavours that might be present. Just way way too much here.