DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer was sampled at the San Diego Strong Ale Festival 2004. This beer poured a cloudy dark amber color with a thin cream colored head and a nice degree of lacing on the glass...so far so good I figured. The aroma was sweet, however it was something of an artificial sweetness, as I was picking up a mixture of malts and cardboard, as well as fruity esters and a few hops. The flavor was extraordinarily dry and astringent with cardboard and orange/apricotness dominating..almost in excess. These two fruits stood out so much in such a dry astringently alcoholic environment that this was actually difficult to drink. Unlike the others I found the alcohol easily accessible and poorly hidden. Medium to full mouthfeel, almost sticky, and heavily fruity and cardboardy dry... not very pleasant and one of the low lights of my festival experience.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2006 On tap @ the San Diego Strong Ale Fest Day 2. Poured a dark, hazy mahogany color with a small off white head. Sweet malts. Caramel and somewhat a little earthy. Not bad but didn’t really stand out against the other beers I’ve been drinking at the fest (of course everything is relative when surrounded by so many 4+ rated beers!). 7 3 7 4 14
Rerate from 1 liter body. Increased the numbers...
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Enjoyed at Pizza Port’s Strong Ale fest. Red hue. A pretty subtle beer compared to others at this fest, and extremely drinkable at 11%. Smooth and clean is right...and dare I say just a tad boring. Very good, just not for me.
beerguy101 (5356) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at the 2004 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Red amber color. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and orange. A medium bodied ASA. Malts are orange and fruit. Somewhat sweet and fruity. Hops are slightly spicy. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste. Does have a lot of lager character. Hides the 11% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter