3fourths (8989) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Sweet hopped smell of strawberries and apples. Flavor is a sweet strawberry, pear and white grape mixture. Not as bitter as I expected from 100 IBUs, but a nice thickness and a syrupy sweet dry finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As this monster sets in the glass a deep orange-copper color with the head creamy in texture, the size monumental and the color a toothsome light tan as it fades slowly, the lace left behind forms a sealing curtain to protect the glasses virtues. Sweet malt dominates the nose with hints of hops, bubble gum and or fusel alcohol, fresh and clean, also a vanilla like aroma noticed, quite a treat for the senses, start is sweet, thickly malt, hint of peppermint and the top middling to almost full in feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops powerful in their spiciness, 10 percent ABV also present in slight alcohol bitterness, and of course the “Belly Warming”, a quite dry aftertaste ends this quite quaffable brew.
YogiBeera (2558) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber red color, light layer of a head. Nice yeasty nose. Chocolate and chickory, also alcohol and hoppy taste. Thanks Joe and Shell.
pivo (2651) - GERMANY - JAN 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice full hoppy nose, cloudy brown-red color, foamy head that is disappating. Light nutty and woody maltiness. Certainly compley and hoppy with a lingering grassiness. Not convinced of the balance but I like these kind of beers.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is hops, hops, and oh yeah, did I mention hops? Gorgeous copper color, slightly hazy, although it does not appear to be bottle conditioned. Light carbonation. Big tan dense head. This is a pretty big tasting beer. I'm getting lots of hop bitterness, more so than hop flavor. A bit of smoked wood which is very noticeable, almost too much so. I saw a previous rater who mentioned no detection of wood at all. In this bottle, it's very hard to notice much else (besides the hops that is). Long, bitter finish, a bit hot on the back of the throat, thanks to the 10% abv. The body is full, but not obviously so. I bet this would be good from a cask. A big, aggressive beer, but a bit one (or really two) dimensional, as a previous rater stated.
BBB63 (6510) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
hazy copper hue with long lasting white head and okay lace. The aroma is very much hops and a lot of them, pine all over the place. Not much fruit on the nose of this one...hum? Good esters of oak, smoke, roasted malts and earthy yeast. The taste is what I expected bitter pine hops with solid base of malt, some wood comes through on the finish. Good full mouthfeel. Good, but not that good. A bit one-diminsional, where is the fruity components? Would like to age a bottle or two for rerate. A beer looking for it's identity. Thanks Raindog for the first bottle.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, amber ale with a white, frothy head.
The nose is of floral hops and citrus fruit.
Bitter flavor. Tastes like grapefruit rind. Not entirely pleasant.
Full-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation.
Lengthy, bitter finish. A very good beer to be sure, but not quite what I had hoped for from Fish Tale. Tastes like it was hopped just for the sake of hopping. Bittered just for the sake of bittering. I detected no wood in the aroma or flavor.
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy copper color with a tight, creamy, yellowish white head and beautiful lacing. Sticky hop aroma. Delicate hop taste with an oaky lingering aftertaste and a full mouthfeel. This was awesome, thanks TAR!
ElGaucho (2380) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet, fruity, hoppy aroma that is reminiscent of sweaty testicles. Deep bright red body with yellow tangential hues. Lots of particles; murky. Great lace. Smoky and chalky initial mouthfeel. Almost tastes smoked, which likely comes from the oak barrel aging. The substantial 10% ABV is subdued. Wonderful. Very rich and complex. This is an exceptional elixir. Thanks Slikwily for hooking me up with this winner.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz: Deep red bronze, with an off white/tan head. Aroma blossoms with huge honey-caramel dipped pine cones, loads of sap, oranges, vanilla icing and buttered rum. Flavours are a bitter combination of caramel alcohol, dry hop flowers, and grapefruit. Palate is a bit thin and the carbonation is lacking, but the 100 IBU's are fairly even (amazingly) and offer a good flavour to celebrate the anniversary of a great brewery.