Brigadier (2740) - Clevelandish, 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.