ElGaucho (2388) - 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.
beerguy101 (5355) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium amber color. Medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty, floral hops and a touch of wood. A full bodied double IPA. Malts are nutty, fruity and sweet. Hops are piney and grapefruity. Full and nearly chewy. Touches of oak, wood and smoke. The malt sweetness, 10 different hop bitterness and the 10% alcohol all “compare and contrast” extremely well. It is very smooth tasting for all those hops. Lots of underling complexity. Very nice beer. Happy anniversary Fish Tale! Here’s wishing you many more to come. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is bitter.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
vibrant garnet body, a dense uniform head, awesome tan lace. Citrucy, biting, sweet, ripe, tart and alcoholic. some oaky notes, faint hints of yeastiness, some mint and spruce. VERY complex nose. Intensely bitter (of course) woody, chocolatey with some crisp minty hints. Great balance, 100 IBU's and 10% are sufficiently blended woth complexity and depth to create a pretty solid beer.
ClarkVV (5559) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a wonderful magenta orange-pink. Bright, and transluscent. Bottle conditioned. Small white head. Lacing present. Aroma of limes, citrus, bitter pine hops, cherry malt, pears. Quite complex. Begins with an elegant mix of hops and malt and an interesting chewy, almost grainy texture. Pine hops, cherries. Very unique. Not overdone with anything (ok, maybe a bit too bitter hopped). Earthy flavors on the finish linger on. Alcohol well masked. Quite acidic and powerful. Will improve with age. Medium-full bodied, lightly carbonated. Would like more malt.
jsquire (4106) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear dark amber out of the bottle with a foamy biege head and a sweet purfumey pine/citrus nose. Creamy mouthfeel but there is a strong hop burn on the tongue. Heavy brown sugar sweetness with a candied grapefruit rind bitterness. The alcohol sneaks up on you. The flavors seem sort of clumsy together, but it is a very good beer. Thanks to mreeves for my bottles.
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice looking IPA, good dark golden color and nice carbonation. Aroma of hops and oak dominate, but the oak is subtler than I noticed with the Poseidon and Leviathan beers from Fish. I think the hops might balance it out, which is a good thing in my opinion. Excellent hop flavor, complex and tasty. Highly recommended.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very murky brown. Aroma of fruit; sweet. Flavor of apples, pears, and raisins - almost like a brown ale, instead of an imperial/double IPA.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reddish/brown color with lots of small yeasties suspended throughout the brew.Very floral aroma with a citrus and hop presence and comes off as being sweet.Oh yah this is a hop heads dream hops,hops and more hops and they seem to be well balanced with the mild fruit and alcohol.Damn this is some fine stuff the hops just go on and on with the finish being medium bitter hops and just a slight citrus thrown in there as well.The after taste is what else but hops.The alcohol manages to stay very well hidden with just a slight hint of its being there in the taste and going down.Fantastic brew and well worth stocking up on a few for later.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color is murky amber-looks promising! No head, aroma has sweet and sticky hops all over the place. Zing of quick hops in the mouth followed accompanied with great malt body. It's amazing how much flavor this had and how mellow it remains. Alcohol is soooo well masked, I can't think of a better example at the moment. Finished kind of dry with mild hoppiness and a slight taste of coffee beans, such a great finish that lasts. Good beer.