3fourths (8988) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bath 4, Oct 2002 - Very murky dark peach color, like blended fruit juice with heavy pulp... very cloudy and thick looking. Citrus spicy yeast nose, some woody grapefruit and pineapple. Flavor has some light stinging alcohol mixed with a peppy yeast strain, some light Belgian-style spices and a medium palate. Sweet, though lacking depth.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage: 4, October 2002
This is a unique and very active beer with an attractive golden/amber color. It is very complex with a lot of fizz and a fruity cider smell. It is shameless in its quantity of sediment -- the chunks are just rolling around in the glass. The mouthfeel is smooth yet finishes with a nice bite. This beer is very pleasant, easy to drink and has a lot of great qualities. It is a little pricey, but is worth enduring the sticker shock. In the end, I felt a little disappointed that I really liked a beer with a twist off cap.
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2000 vintage... Poured a caramel brown color with a small off white head and light lacing on the glass. Sweet and spicy caramel aroma. Taste was also spicy, with some pepper and sweet plums as well. Very smooth despite the 7.5% alcohol.
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
October 2002. Fizzy bubbles, rapidly fading head over an orange brown body. Aroma of bread, faint molasses. Surprisingly thin, fizzy palate. Flavor was sort of a wet bread with a faint hint of orange marmalade. Just not a lot going on though. So sad.
vanvenlo (1652) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
8 May 2004 - Sweet spicy hop malt aroma. Nice light brown colour, no lacing or head. Short taste, light malt, sweet spirious and spicy hop flavours. Thinish fizzy palate.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 375 ml bottle batch # 4-OCT/2002 pours hazy with chunks of yeast floating around, orange amber color with a fluffy white head that lasts. Spicy, fruity, yeasty aroma. Spicy and peppery pear and oak flavor. Medium body with a crisp and snappy mouthfeel, finishes with some dryness.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oct 3, 2000 batch: Pours transparent reddish tan with a medium head that fades to a thin solid layer that remains. Aroma is of caramel, light fruits, and a mild tea. Flavor is caramel, light fruits (grapes, apples, etc.), and a tea type flavor. No real trace of alcohol. Definatly an interesting beer.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I picked this one up when I was up in Manhattan at BrewTopa this summer! That was a great time!
Batch # 4-Oct / Vintage 2002
Pours a murky orange and golden brown body, very minimal head. The aroma is tart, yeasty and spicy all in one! As I take a sip I first notice large hints of oak cask flavors accompanied by a semisweet caramel and butterscotch flavor. Then there is a tartness of apples that is long and dry and a tangerine zestyness. But most noteworthy is the spiciness of this Ale! It’s insane, loads of black pepper, clove, coriander, and I think even some cinnamon all surrounding a Christmas cider like essence. The palate is oily but a bit thin… dry spick finish as I had recently mentioned.
Overall I think that the past 2.75 years have developed this brew nicely!
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. brown, stubbie, twist off bottle. I hate twist offs. Batch No.4 OCT 2002. Past it’s prime. Barely a sound as I pried off the crown.
Poured out a hazy, cloudy, caramel color, with a fast fading white head. Aromas are of malts past their prime, yeast, and caramel.
Tastes are the same as the smells. I had to choke it down to get a taste of it. Not the best Strong Ale I ever had, that much is certain.
A drain pour if ever there was one.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #4:10/4/02: Cloudy, amber body; minimal head, but ample carbonation; fruity (pear, pineapple); sweet and malty, with butterscotch, pear, apple, very slight medicinical phenols; some slight bitter hopping and tangyness for balance; creamy and oily palate; well hidden alcohol; very good.