pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Michigan Winter beer festival ’08. This was one I was waiting for! Hazy brown yellow with a thin film of a head. Weird vanilla and pears sort of nose. Maybe a bit of that lambic sourness. A fruity sort of bourbon with some wood, in a word. Medium body with small even bubbles. Sweet lacto fruit. Pears and bourbon, again! A lovely combo really. Lin gering oak. An odd beer, no doubt, but lovely really.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
EBF V NOTB. I’m assuming this was straight...wasn’t told otherwise. Very interesting concoction of whiskey with a solid strong ale, tons of fruit throughout, most notably for me oranges. This intense orange aroma and flavor brought back two horrible memories for me. First, the time I vomited oranges in first grade in the cafeteria; second, the time I vomited massive amounts of Southern Comfort mixed with orange juice in high school. Oddly, though, I still greatly enjoyed the beer. Huh. One of the better Belgian-ale-aged-in-other-alcohol offerings of the evening. The whiskey was present, but it just kinda toughened up all the fruitiness, and the fruitiness mellowed out the whiskey. A fine result. Maybe I’ll give that Southern Comfort concoction another try.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Straight Whiskey Richard" served in a snifter at Dark Horse, aged two years in a bourbon barrel. The brewery plans to release this beer periodically with increasing time spent in the barrel. This whiskey dick is no downer. Murky orange-brown body, thin dense buff head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, and musty, funky fruit. Moderate bourbon body with dull, dusty oak and light spice elements that balance the tart, fruity funk that characterizes mid-sip. Lingering dull, tannic finish that clears the sour notes. Reminded me of La Folie with bourbon, minus the sharp tart elements. Interesting that the description mentions Berliner Weisse; it reminded me more of a Flemish Sour Ale. Fantastic beer.
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewery. Poured a red golden color. Aroma is very fruity with a hint of tangynis. Taste is sweet with a nce tangy finish. Straight.
Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2008 On tap at brewpub
The options were pretty limited on the night we stopped by but this was nice to find available. The version I tried was labeled ’straight’ which I take to mean not one of the other versions (cherry and apricot as I recall from the GTMW). It was very unique and reminded me less of beer than whiskey light.
Aroma / Appearance - The opaque muddy brown body had a nice sandy colored head when delivered in a brandy snifter. Apricots, peach and cherries formed a sweet aroma that had no real presence of either hops or malt.
Flavor / Palate - Whiskey infused with peaches and apricot hit the senses a few seconds after the first sip. Ash (of the wood variety) coupled with a fruity kick to give a nice aftertaste that reminded me of cherry koolaid. Make that cherry koolaid spiked with alcohol - this one packs a punch after the first try. I wish I’d tried all three varieties at the GTMW.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTMW 2007. Poured a slightly hazy orange color with an off white head. Aroma was mostly of vanilla, whiskey, and oak with only subdued cherry. Sweet on the tongue with a definite fruity tang. The fruity flavors, including cherry, apple, and nectarine, mixed nicely with the boozy bourbon and vanilla notes. Tasty.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricot version - GTMW. Hazed and golden rod in color with particles floating and suspended within. No head whatsoever. Aroma speaks of apricot chews, whisky, mrris otter, mango and cantaloupe liquor. An oaken rawness lingers in the distance. Flavor comes in with toasted oak, melon, papaya shavings and a brandy like flavor. Smooth palate combobulation pairs with an apricot-peachy soufflé trait. Honey rum and clover connections bridge the whetted oak and whisky traits like a sodden coasted would do with choice booze. Mango and cantaloupe give a fruity edge to the whisky body that sweetly swoons in the distance like angel food cake drizzled with peach liquor custard juice.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GTMW. There was also a regular Richard and a Apricot Richard on tap the day, which were all very good. This was my favorite of the three, and the one about which I managed to take detailed notes. Poured a dark caramel colored hue. Nose is caramel, sour cherry, and toffee. Palate reveals its Belgian character, with sour cherry leading the way. Notes of cinnamon and nutmeg also shine through. (One reason I preferred this over the regular Richard was that the cherry was a nice complement to the flavor already present in the ale.) Finish is subdued whiskey (The barrel here was really a complement, not an overwhelming flavor) spice, and sour cherry. Excellent stuff, and I hope to see it again soon.