hotstuff (4391) - Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle was corked and caged. Large sized ivory head that was mostly lasting, fine-medium sized bubbles, good lacing, carbonated, transparent, and a reddish brown hue. Aroma was malty, caramel and sweet. Flavor was sweet, lightly bitter, malty, and caramel. Mouthfeel was smooth and thin. Light-medium body.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer upon its pour from the 750ml green caged and corked bottle sets in my glass a luminous dark copper color with the head mastodonic in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a nice light tan, after its destruction, a velum like sheet of lace surrounds the glass. Nose has a hint of chocolate and over ripe black cherries, also a touch of mushrooms, pleasant and appealing with the start sweet and the grain profile adequate with the top light to medium in feel. Finish has a disturbing acidity with the hops prickly in their spiciness, somewhat vinous, dry as a bleached desert bone, and a nice change of pace for me.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pours clear copper with a fizzy tan head. The aroma is grainy with caramel, orange, and floral scents. It has a spicy taste, hot malt with orange peel, white pepper, and a bit of nuttiness. It’s got a crisp, hop bitter finish. Tasty stuff.
heemer77 (5153) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color with a large off white head. The aroma is strong bread with some orange peel and deep citrus. The taste is sharp dark bread with a little bit of some oranges. This is almost like a light IPA. There is a light black pepper finish. This is a nice change of pace.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear reddish, amber body with a thick, fluffy off-white head. Slightly sweet, fruity malt nose. Sweet orange blossoms, caramel, whole grains, cinnamon, fresh baked bread and a layer-deep down-of earthy, subtle hops. The body is smooth and creamy with the mild effervescence providing depth and character. The flavors are pretty well crafted and almost completely devoid of fruity ale yeast remnants. The malt is the dominate force with just a touch of spicy orange peel and bitter hops at the finish. A tasty, well-crafted offering that’s much better than the other’s I’ve had from Duyck.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle, corked & caged (6.8%): pours deep clear garnet with a very soft, tan cream. Unique and wonderful aroma of the freshest orange zest mixed with rich earth, a touch of both iron and honey, along with a complex spicy yeast. Sweet, malty complexity exists throughout the breadth of the palate: apples, spicy, coriander laced orange peels, fresh flowers, and delicate yeast texture. The flavours turn a bit sour as the liquid warms and at this point the alcohol sneaks up and I can’t help but think that I am experiencing a beer from ages past…
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2009 Rich rufous. Broken off-tan foam with some rockiness. Earthily aromatic blend of cork, hops, and toffee malt. Quite fruity. Hints of hazelnuts, candied orange peels, and spice cake. Fuzzy textured carbonation. Soft body touts an initial twang of fruitiness and medicine, which soon scampers into a lightly-toasted husk center. Subtle oxidation. Caramelized sugar-dusted malts stiffen the body and gain support from a rich fruitcake expression and rooty malt overtones. Flash of toasty nuttiness (Vienna?) eventually becomes muffled by the overt huskiness. Dryish effect from the alcohol. Zippy candied fruit notes tighten the flavor profile as they collide with herbaceous, anise-accented hops. Finishes with a dry malt edge, but wetly bodied, still, with rounded acidity fused with lovely notes of fruitcake over a Brewer’s Gold snap. The aroma is wonderfully unique, and while the rusticity is fairly evident, the artificial sweetness kills much of the flavor.
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 5, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
GREEN bottle. Aroma is lots of DMS right away...I should have known better than to buy this green bottle situated on the top shelf...there are some roasty notes in the nose, but I dont get too much of the barnyard funk. There are citrus "clean" notes almost of a cleaning solvent present as well. Transparent light garnet color with a fluffy off-white head. Mildly sour to start with citrus orange notes. Sweet sweet candy sugars late finishing with a small roasty note. Poor on carbonation and very thin. This doesn’t really jive. Too sweet.
Metalhead (633) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh bottle 2 mos old.The first couple whiffs of this were pretty good. Mandarin oranges,some spice and candy like fruitiness. The first couple sips were the same. Within 10 mins or so everything good about this beer just faded out and it ended up tasting like a slightly sweet amber beer with some of those St. Joseph orange aspirin tossed in and a too dryish finish.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750 ml bottle: $10 at O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) I can safely say this is absolutely one of the most unusual and complex beers I’ve ever tasted. The aroma tells you that right off. It smells somewhat like a sweet malt liquor, but with a fairly strong orange scent. In the flavor, I get orange peel, bubble gum, a sugary sweetness, gummy bears, spices, and light bitterness. However, as the beer warms, I think the beer’s character really comes out. And I mean warming to room temperature. It’s a bit bottle, so I have plenty of time to actually finish it. At this point, a really nice English fruitiness and caramely maltiness emerges in both the flavor and nose, and adds a degree of familiarity. The palate is sweet, but the light bitterness keeps it from becoming cloying. Dark amber or light brown color, it’s hard to tell because I’m outside the bar and my only real source of light is from the car lot across the street. Clear in appearance. Off-white head is somewhat bubbly and gradually fades to a dimpled sheen. No lace. I think this beer takes some getting used to as it’s just so odd, but with an open mind and a little patience to let the beer open up, you’re rewarded with a pretty nice beer with a flavor that will stick in your mind for a long time.