VertBaconStrips (2200) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 8, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Part of the 9hr epic solo drunkfest in Portland in Nov, 2010. Oh why oh why oh why oh why oh why oh why oh why oh why oh why did I leave this for last? Amber colour with a thin head. Odd fruity malty with a bit of stink, maybe cooked veggies - ones that I would never eat. The taste is bizarre and my head is starting to spin. Kind of musty with a very strange sweetness and a bit more veggies (lighter than the smell), something else. I can barely write.
3fourths (8642) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft. clear medium-dark orange/dark rust color. nose is light spice cabinet, light chalky malt, medium-to-mild cherry flavored malt, medium-light vegetal hops (spoiled and moss-like). some light soured grains and cooked vegetables in the finish. good for gluten free but overall not very enjoyable.
DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 25, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
5 ounce sample from the Pub in Portland, OR. Aroma has lots of mineral and sulfur notes present. Smells a lot like a burning match. There is also a weird fruitiness present, which is quite off-putting. Transparent golden body with a small, virtually non-existent head. Minerally, floral, earthy, and astringent start. Has a rather watery mouthfeel. Finishes with bitter, somewhat piney hop flavors. Despite the aggressive hopping, the weird sorghum flavors cannot be hidden. I am so glad I don’t have Celiac Disease. I imagine this beer is one of the better gluten-free beers, but there is only so much you can do with making a gluten-free beer.
KUEric (889) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 6, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gluten-free is a tough type to rate. I mean the beer is purposely missing a major ingredient ... so it’s not going to be good, great, wonderful by ’beer’ standards.
Given that my best attempt at an unbiased rating is that is was a little sweet and flat. It seemed sugary and sweet but other than that nothing really stood out.
BillKismet (3530) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Viscous, rather flat, amber body with just a ring of head. Solid caramelized backbone supports characteristic ESB bitter hoppiness with a tad of wet shoe impinging toward the end. Strong crystal malt flavor with some more wet shoe and touches of molasses.