GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was very surprised to see this 750mL bottle sitting on a shelf at an out-of-the-way liquor store outside Atlanta.
Pours with little carbonation and a dark iced tea color with some big bubbles that dissipate very quickly leaving no ring and no lacing.
The aroma is pretty weak at this point but smells just like red apple skins. There are hints of banana and spice, but it really smells like apples.
The taste follows the aroma and taste a good bit like apple juice, heavy with red apple rinds. There are some spices in the finish along with a bit of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is pretty flat, slick and slightly oily. There’s not a lot life left in it unfortunately.
Well, I’m pretty certain this bottle is way past its prime and I was certainly shocked to still see it on a shelf. Either way, not too impressive in its current state and I wish I had tasted if fresh.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tronraner’s Xmas Eve Eve Eve Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me. Ruby orangish red with hardly any carbonation. Big malty aroma, caramel. Tastes are much the same, syrupy, raisins and sweetness.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Xmas Eve Eve Eve. Pours orange-brown with a very small cream head. The aroma is caramel, leaves, compost, and bark. The flavor is wheat, chlorine, nuts, and general sweetness. Ok.
nearbeer (3283) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2008 Bottle shared by lithy at tronraners XtasE^3 tasting. Opaque brown with a small ring of bubbles. Aroma of tart cherry bubblegum and wheat flour. Flavors of tart cherry, tomato, brown sugar, alcohol and wheat gum. Near-medium body is watery and dryish.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml Bottle. Pours an amber/brown color with a nice white head full of tiny packed bubbles. There is nice retention and very nice lacing. Aroma is yeas/wheat with some dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is slightly tart, sweet fruits with a bit of spice. The mouthfeel is nice but finishes a bit dry. This bottle has some age on it and it has held up, but I am missing the banana and clove notes the commercial description talks about. Worth trying if you can find it.
SpringsLicker (2937) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours somewhat cloudy with a lasting white head.
Malty, spicy aroma that repeats in the flavor.
BeerHawk (1790) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a red-brown with an off-white head that had some lasting. Sweet aromas of prune, brown sugar, light alcohol. The flavor had caramel, dark fruits, and hints of spices. Light body, light metallic and sweet malt aftertaste.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy golden amber color. Aromas of clove, banana, fruit, and alcohol. Flavor is alcoholic clove and spice with a bittersweet finish. Good beer
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a hazy brown with a good sized tan head. Aroma of brown sugar, rasins, fruits. Flavor is yeasts, dark fruits, cloves, spices, esthers, a touch of sour, and some earthiness. Interesting take on the style, but something is a little off with this one.
3fourths (7524) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned 750ml, probably 1-2 years old. Pours dark brown, mostly clear at first but subsequent pours have some yeast cloudiness. Nose is noticeably oxidized but not overpowering. Notes of maple, cola, brown sugar, toast, some figs and dates, and some resemblance to Abt yeast... thick and sweet up front, some sweetened creamed cardboard, cork, and soggy bread notes... on the back there’s a very light spiciness that works with the maple/brown sugar character. Not bad overall, and I’m actually surprised that I like it. I put off opening the bottle for so long because I was dreading what was inside.