ElGaucho (2320) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
2004 ABR. The guy at the Finneganís booth swore up and down that this is a different beer than the one originally brewed by James Page, called Finneganís Irish Ale. Curious that both are made with potatoes and the proceeds from both go toward the Spud society. Regardless, I rated the earlier Finneganís awhile back and that was noticeably better than this one, so Iím guessing they deserve to be considered separately. Faint, apple cider aroma. Small, off-white head. Leaves a little bit of lace, but really isnít overly attractive. Amber in color. No visible carbonation. Somewhat lively mouthfeel, but not too pleasant. Has an apple ciderish mouthfeel. Some off notes. Undercarbonated.
JK (5127) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I have no idea why this is classified as spice/herb/vegetable. This is a standard amber beer in the class of Killians, but not quite that good. Light red in color. Some malt in the flavor. Thin.
PorterPounder (6411) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked this up at the Space Alien Grill and Bar in St Cloud - cool place built for kids but they also sell beer - so canít be all that bad! Has a light copper appearance with a thin white head; faint caramel aroma with some fresh lake water aroma as well. Flavor of sweet caramel and toffee; not much of a hop presence. Has a tad bit of a metallic mouthfeel and is slightly thin. Overall a decent change of pace.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 27, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle, from Blue Max in Minneapolis. Very clear medium amber, lost of bubbling, smallish head. Typical malty-sweet amber ale nose with just a hint of smokiness and hops. Potatos? Not sure I get them. Predominantly sweet front, drying slightly hoppy and herbal finish...a bit thin, somewhat bland.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark Amber Coloring. Little Head. A little malt. Not too sure what to think...not my favorite Irish beer.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear light amber with a medium diminishing off white head. Aroma of caramel, bread, pepper, a hint of citrus, and yes, potato. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor of caramel, bread, potato, and spice with a slight fruity twang in the finish. The potato part is novel. Itís not very good, but it also isnít too bad. Decent.
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark amber color with little head. It has a malty nose and taste, with something I can only describe as musty as well. Also some Grape Nuts flavoring. Not terrible.
hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This beer formed a small sized off-white head that was creamy and smooth with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was transparent with fast rising carbonation and an orange hue. The nose was lightly malty with light hop notes. The flavor was mildly malty and a bit sweet tasting. The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth and this beer's lacing was so-so.
thedm (5207) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 18, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brewed with potatoes huh? Okey dokey. It poured a small head of light brown colored finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The boduy is a carbonated transparent light amber brown color and the aroma is mildly malted with a sweet dough like notes. The mouth feel is smooth and finishes with a slight tingle. It has a thin malt hop flavor with a hint of spiceyness.