Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12.7 ounce bottle from Market Street Wine Shop Downtown
Charlottesville, VA. Pours a muddled brown color with very large
unappealing floaties. Medium head, poor head retention and poor
lacing. Aroma of banana, toffee and grain. Taste is very grainy,
with some fruit and toffee notes. Medium bodied.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured hazy amber, caramel, malty, cardboard, little herbal hops, little bready, dry finish.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer is an ugly murky brown with a light tan. Not much retention or lacing.
The aroma is light with a little malts.
The taste is bad, thankfully we were splitting this and I didnít have much to drink. It was bitter with bad hops. The feel was ok, but not drinkable at all.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Batch no. 2, 1999. Well I bought a slab of the í99 in 2000 and I still have 8 bottles left (and I sold six of them).
I never did like it, for years it was always harshly alcoholic with very little in the way of, say, malt or hops to mask it. Anyway it looks like the harsh alcohol has finally subsided , but thereís still not much there. Great appearance - clear copper colour with good head retention.
Aroma is dominated by crystal malt toffee and caramel flavours, some stone fruit, alcohol and initially a touch of cideriness which dissipates quickly.
Flavour is quite lean, really lacking malt character, some metal, no hops, slightly salty, dry, alcoholic finish. Pretty fizzy.
Not particularly interesting, and I canít avoid thinking that this beer could be easily replicated with a home brew kit of the same brand (plus a lot of crystal malt). I think this beer is best drunk immediately upon release, and even then it ainít great.
2004 vintage: New bottle and the beer seems different. Itís still not very good. Darker than I recall previous vintages being, poor head. Initially smelled really good, making me briefly reconsider my dislike of this beer, but that didnít last long at all. Loads of muddy crystal malt colour. Seems a lot more clean and boring than fresh bottles of previous vintages and doesnít really show any of the Coopers yeast character that other vintages have by the truckload.
1999 Vintage, tasted 29/11/04: Seems like itís finally getting good! Oxidised stuff dissipates quickly leaving a nice soft butterscotchy, chocolate-coated toffee (like one of those Roses chocolates). Itís light-bodied, thin even, though it works reasonably well. No more sherry stuff but plenty of rum. Malt in aroma reminds me of some Belgian beer which I canít readily identify but may be Gouden Carolus. Same vintage tasted 04/01/06 was actually really good. At least it smelled really good. Some vinous, Gales-esque aged character which was great, but it still didnít taste of all that much.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - 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 itís 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.
Kinz (3188) - 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.
BrockLanders (770) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2002 Bottle. Pours a tan peachy color with a very slight tan head. Aroma is sweet with alcohol, fruit and brown sugar. The taste is very malty with an alcohol edge, and dark fruits. Just a bit too thin tasting and on the palate. Finishes in a fairly bland manner. Not great, but not bad either. The guy at The World of Beer hyped this one a bit too much.
wxman (1340) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2006
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a really cloudy (no, murky) pale brown. Think Mississippi River water. Has a fairly dense antique lace colored head that stays. Get this - - almost no aroma! Has a dry wine flavor along with chestnuts and maybe a little instant coffee. Sour finish, but not unpleasant. I think letting this age in the cellar would be a bad idea. it would probably just get more sour. Still this is pretty good, but I got effed at $15.99 a six. If Victory made this, it would sell for $8.99.
DarkElf (3028) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
06-Jun-06 (375 ml bottle: $2.99 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) 2004 bottling While this is better than the 2002 bottling, itís not exactly knocking my socks off. The 2002 bottling seemed very far past its prime, but this one isnít as bad. Still, Iím definitely thinking the advice on the label to age this beer is just marketing hype. It tastes quite fruity and moderately sweet initially, but in the finish, the beer is bready and cardboardy to me. Medium-full bodied, but seems to thin a bit toward the finish. Carbonation is light but sufficient. Acidic, dark orange fruits in the nose, but also plenty of that cardboard smell too. About the same burnt orange color as the 2002 bottling, but the particles are much finer and donít really settle out, rather, they hang in the beer for the entire session. Small, almost filmy "head" dissipates fully. When the next bottling shows up in stores here, Iíll buy and rate one immediately. Iím hoping it tastes better fresh because this was only mildly enjoyable.
06-Jun-06 (375 ml bottle) Batch: 04-Oct-02 What the hell is living in the bottom of this bottle? Some nebulous creature like in a 1950ís sci-fi horror flick occupies about an inch of the bottom of the bottle, and Iím scared to open the bottle and let this thing out into the world. Grab the kids and run for your lives because Iím opening it anyway. Pouring the beer into my pint glass, itís a burnt orange, very hazy, with very large chunks of shit gradually settling to the bottom of the glass. Except that the carbonation keeps some of the chunks circulating up through the center of the beer and back down along the edge, like some other-world lava lamp. Small, creamy, off-white head shows excellent retention. But enough about what this beer looks like, I drink beer because of the taste, and unfortunately, this beer is not very pleasant. It smells like wet cardboard, wood, and some other unpleasant aromas that I canít begin to identify. More wood and cardboard in the flavor. Oh forget it, this beer is so far past prime, thereís no point in reviewing it further. Suffices to say, disregard the suggestion to age this beer, this is awful.
dkoonce (911) - Peopleís Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy brown with no head. Storng aroma of malt, a bit sour smelling. Flavor of malt and alcohol. A bit of chocolate and banana in the flavor as well. Fairly sweet. Bottle says best before 10/03/06