jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2005 12 oz Bottle
Not horrid but just plain boring and uninspired. The components are all there but it never comes together to form anything appraching a cohesive whole. Bummer.
Crazy Lupulin Slam version that included Randall plus a "hop sack" and two portholes on the keg!) 8/3/8/3/15-3.7
Clear amber with a dense white head. Oaty cheerio aroma at first, then light vanilla and lots of fruitiness. The flavor exhibits more of the expected woody notes, vanilla, and yes oats/cheerios again. Medium sweet with a good dose of tangerine peel. Dry finish with light alcogol burn. Interesting. I would like a bigger sample of this one!
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 (12oz bottle, sampled 7/12/05) Wisps of smoke in an amber body topped by a small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, some herbal, orange/mango, wood. Taste is sweet, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, wood, mango, nectarine, mild alcohol warming. Moderately sticky full body.
(Special Blend version, complete with bizarre hopping contraption at the Lupulin Slam, rated 1/13/05) Cloudy amber body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some oak, light vanilla. Taste is medium sweet, orange, grapefruit, caramel. Medium-full body, low carbonation, alcohol well hidden. (8/3/9/4/17)
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2005 ReRate: This is from the newly released 12 oz bottles.
I donít know how DFH does it, but all their beers look like artwork as they sit in the glass. I still reside with all my previous remarks on this Ale, but Iím bumping up the score because it is so freaking drinkable at 10%abv.
I must thank my local friend BeanDip for bringing this 750bottle to the little get-together was had last weekend.
Poured a viscous bronze body and a fluffy eggshell colored dollop of foam. From memory; but I had quite a bit of the bottle myselfÖ the aroma and flavor were rather restrained for a DFH offering. There was an awesome blending of malt, which brought out a fine complexity of caramel, toffee and a flaky buttery biscuit likeness. The hops were almost too controlled... it was like the cask conditioning leached all the hoppy aromas and flavors then later replacing them with large woody, oak like submissions. There was a small clue of where the hops once lay.. hints of citrus and pine.
The palate was most splendid. Big and chewyÖ There was a nice complexity within this beerÖ Itís just something that one has to look for.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper with a thick, densely packed eggshell head. Interesting aroma that doesnít really fit for the style. Pine exudes from the glass, but in a most subtle way. Perhaps itís the varieties of hops, but they tend to be earthy, spicy and wholly unconventional. Whole, toasted grains and warm, metled caramel. The woody elements are quite subtle as well, but Iím not sure that makes up for the mild hop character. The body is full, thick and sticky with a mild carbonation. The flavor is tasty but canít seem to make up itís mind whether or not itís hoppy. Things arenít bad: the sweet malt is tasty and has a bit of toasted character to it as well. And the hops are not absent, but there is an odd grassy element to it. The oak aging is too subtle and doesnít really seem to add anything to this beer. Another good idea from DFH, but, unfortunately, not spectacular.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 mL bottle, corked & caged: soft, fluffy off-white head, diminishing. Slightly opaque golden orange body. Sour hop aroma with sugary-piney caramel, plastic, and bitter grass. Thick caramel body, but all of the fresh hops have dulled and are now pushed into the background, fronted by sour and metallic at times malt and strong alcohol (which is much more evident as it warms). Palate is light and delivered with a smooth carbonation, but the lack of any real great flavour is a definite disappointment. Certainly a beer that excited me, and let me down.
MrRomero (1973) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to TAR. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a wispy offwhite head. Aroma of pineapple and grapefruit. Body is full. Somewhat rich. Slightly sweet flavor with grapefruit and pineapple. Slightly short in the finish. Very nice.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slight woodiness keeps this from rolling over to too-sweet territory. Has a richness that many other IIPAs donít have. Metalllic at times, and leafy. Good.
MiP (12840) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very nice hop aroma, balanced nicely by sweetness. Cloudy dark urine colour. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but more aromatic. Great beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2007 Tap @ Blind Tiger. Funky, murky orangish pour without much head. Strange aroma of orange peel, yeast, and vanilla oak. Taste is smooth but garbled. Iím not exactly sure what this is supposed to be but I appreciate Sam experimenting again. Had this the same night as the new, revamped Au Currant and that is now a phenomenal beer.
JorisPPattyn (7547) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy amber; no head. BU-TE-FULL hops nose, with some biscuit underneath. Sweet taste, grapey, like sweet vine grapes or very ripe pears. Hops in full flavour, but not in bitterness. Ends just a bit soury, again as in grape acids. Very slick, oily even when very well bodied. This is really good, starts off as full hops, hops flavour, but no overpowering hop resins. Different from what I know in these Americans.