ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2006 bottle consumed on 11/3/06
Even with a vigorous pour, itís difficult to yield much head. Perhaps a half-finger in height, old-beige colored and rapidly fizzling to a ring. Glassy, brass-golden body has some light peach and lemon tints. Clarity is medium-high to high, with a very small amount of sediment left in the bottle. Bubbles rise listlessly in the liquid, little/no lacing is created.
Very warming, sharp and pungent nose displays very high fermentation temps (or whatever it is, something is generating very apparent, sharp, dry, peach, banana and nectarine esters, with plenty of raw alcohol). Clove and pepper phenols are apparent as well, though they begin to dissolve in to a sweet, candi sugar-meets thick honey blanket of sugariness. Either the hops are rather dusty/old smelling and something like saaz or there is a definite note of light veggies created by the yeast. One canít be sure. The more it warms, the more the alcohol warms and the fruitiness runs rampant. Too much musty/spoiled veggie-like flavor on the very end, very meaty-like.
The flavor is both highly sweet but yet staunchly alcoholic and sharp on the end. Very little cohesion between the malt, alcohol and esters. Sugar additions seem rather apparent and add heat without body, allowing the beer to thin out on the end and become messy with sharp, somewhat acidic notes of esters and alcohol. Carbonation is too low, as well, or perhaps more accurately, too loose. Not engaging and tight at all, allowing too much sweetness up front and wateriness on the end. Bit of meatiness on the end, perhaps vegetal in nature. Alcoholic, overly estery/phenolic, too much residual sugar. It really strikes me as being not properly lagered, though itís hard to believe that Dark Horse would be guilty of that. Whatever the case, there are compound problems.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
foggy golden/copper body with a thin white head, sweet malty yeast nose, syrupy, dull brown sugar finish, alcohol is up front, a little dingy but not bad
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Pours hazy yellowish-orange with almost no head. It has an assertive citrus and yeast aroma and a sweet, citrus flavor. The medium body and light carbonation gives it a pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. The finish is light and mildly sweet.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours hazy orange with small whie head. Aroma is malty with light citrus and apple esters. Flavor is well balanced carmel and fruit, with a short finish. Medium bodied, oily and softly carbonated.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Lively bubbling off-white head. Filtered and livley. Bright golden hue. Musty citrus lemon aromas. Caramel and sweet. Crisp with floral and citrus flavors. Well done.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy golden orange amber with small floaties and barely any head. Just a light hint of white bubbles. Aroma of green apple, candi sugar, white grapes, hints of banana, some citrus and yeast. Flavor of yeast, caramel, various fruits...but flat. Not sure if something went wrong when they carbonated...or it became flat later. But either way something was off about this one.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
chardonnay coriander green grapes and skunk lactic bacteria aroma. hazy orange gold with a few white bubbles. honesy muscat grapes safforn lactic coriander, white with with a sweet touch. refined, balanced. sparkly palate, dry, good finish. Very nice, exceeded expectations.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Cloudy amberwith frothy white head. Sweet aroma of pears, brown sugar, yeast, caramel. Yeast really was evident and in not such a pleasant way. Medium body. The yeast took away from the flavor.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light hazy yellow pour. Extremely yeasty aroma and flavor that didnít mix very well with the hop profile. The yeast and hops contrasted in a really unpleasent way for me. Not my style of beer at all. If I want some yeast, Iíll drink a hefe-weizen. This was just too much.
milewide (2076) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 This is not my style. Too little hops. However, this is a fine US brew that may rival a lot of Belgian ales.