Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Fuggy amber coloured beer. Sweet, honied aroma, with some vegetable/spiced notes as well. Fruity flavour that doesn’t show the alcohol immediately but in the end the liver knows what’s what. Sampled in NYC.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the most compelling brew in terms of appearance, this one pours very slightly cloudy carmelized sugar color with a rapidly dissipating head. Aroma is nice enough with notes of saffron, honey, and alcohol. Flavor is interesting, unique, and mostly good. Flavor is strongly white grapefruit juice with some light spiciness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Not something I would want to drink daily, but a beer to expand horizons. Enjoyable.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 2, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy ruddy orange color and is topped by an off-white head. This beer has a fairly low level of carbonation, and it is surprising how well the head appears. Aromas of acid, grape, wine, musty, sweet, and malt are all in here. It is a bit sweeter in the taste than the aroma suggests. There is no balancing bitterness that one usually finds in a beer, Fruity, but more like fresh grapes than wine. The malt comes through towards the end of each sip but it is in this beer. I cannot say that I am able to pick up any of the delicate honey character, it probably contributes to the sweetness but the other flavors dominate. This beer has a good fresh grape character to it which makes it quite pleasant to drink. There is a soft acidity here (perhaps grape derived), but it is not quite enough to balance out the sweetness. Perhaps there is a bit of stale malt flavors in the finish.
Quite an interesting attempt at resurrecting a bit of history. I am duly impressed by any brewery that is willing to take the risk to brew beers like this on a regular basis.
scottk (8) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - MAR 1, 2004 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting beer. Strong white wine like aroma with honey undertones. Flavor is like somewhere between a wine and a bright triple. Definately a grape and honey taste. No head to speak of even with a fast pour. Interesting but only average for my tastes.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Hazy amber/golden color with thin head. Aroma of sour grapes, much like wine. Flavor is very different. Strong grape with honey and earthy undertones. Kind of like a wine or a mead, but way better. Very interesting stuff. I look forward to having it again.
aracauna (2931) - Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a beautiful color, a true amber with a wonderful glow. The head isn't as impressive, an off white, on the small size, but a thin layer lingers and it laces nicely. Very winey aroma, a bit earthy, but not a lot else. The flavor is really nice. Light caramel, late summer grapes (especially of the scuppernong/muscadine variety) and honey. Light sweetness, but not too sweet. I really like this. It's definitely interesting. Makes me think of late summer for some reason.
Crit (3191) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2004
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy amber,thin fast fading beige head.Nose is antiseptic, winey,faintly sweet. Flavor is cloyingly sweet honey, semi dry finish with alcohol heat.I am not impressed
WabashMan (1004) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice medium golden color and an aroma dominated by the sweet muscat grapes starts of this brew. The flavor is nice, and very subtle. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, though. Overall, a good and unique beer.
SpringsLicker (2941) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2004 I have no idea why this is a traditional ale. It's a fine experimental/historic beer/drink. It has the look of a mead, with just the briefest glimpse of a head, but it's not a mead. Some sweetness and very little carbonation. Totally different kind of beer. I enjoyed it and I'd have another, but it's not your typical beer.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
like the immort, syrupy and high alcohol but without the hops. don't taste much of the special stuff. liquory, possible in small doses, but i don't think that pleasurable. average and missable