MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2004 One geyser yields a dry and tart wooden cider…Another one spurts peppery tobacco ashes…The one next to it a rich and spicy red wine…I love when my mouth feels like Yellowstone…The problem with this beer though is that sometimes the geysers turn to stagnant pools...The flavors are there but become too tart, alcoholic and incohesive...Rating above is an average of the two extremes...
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - SEP 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown beer bearing a close resemblance to pond water.Very thin head which is surprising considering the authority with which the cork came out. Big malty nose with a little sweetness in there. A little thinner palate then I was expecting. Good malt front with a tartness coming through at the middle and riding it out to the end.Very strange but I think I like it.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 2, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1996 vintage, sampled Sept 2002. Thick, murky-looking viscous fluid which looks as much like port as any beer I’ve seen. No head at all, no apparent carbonation. Powerful, powerful winelike aroma; also brandied raisins, toffee, butterscotch; rapturous. Flavor is again as much wine-like as beerlike; as Venom states, a lot like sherry, very much a sipper. I could have used a hint of carbonation; the flatness makes it seem a might syrupy to me, but overall a top-notch brew, very different from any American barley wine (I know, not exactly the same style, but what I’m used to) in my experience.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 1996. Cork came out easy, with no pop, however it was still wet and had been stored vertically. Poured with no head at all. Wow, very aromatic. Smelled mostly of alcohol, raisons and red wine. The flavor seemed to be mostly raisons and alcohol. I’m not a huge fan of raisons, so this wasn’t my favorite. Not exactly what I had in mind. I was a bit disappointed.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
rating 1997 edition: this is my first experience with aged beer. pours almost black with no head. has an alcohol bite to it yet it is still very smooth. has a nice sweetness to it with a some what dry finish. an excelent beer.
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ah, this has that typically English Strong aroma that I love. Lightly buttery, cider, sweet fruit-punch malt, definite vinous notes, and a touch of alcohol. In direct sunlight, this beer looks like a scrumpy or possibly like rusty, muddy river water. Head is nonexistent, as is any effervescence. Dark, fruity, sweet malt dominates the flavor profile, with some apple butter, cinnamon, butterscotch, and an interestingly tart note right at the finish that persists for a while. A somewhat different English Strong/Old Ale. Tastes and feels cask-conditioned, even though it was a bottle. I have a feeling this is at least 3 years old, possibly 4 or 5.
rauchbier (3590) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 2000. Chestnut, no head and almost flat. Alcohol dominates the nose, body is syrupy and has a suggestion that it has been matured in one of those wooden barrels that previously held sherry and whisky before getting slightly sour and vinous in the finish
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
mild aroma, no head, vinous and alcohokic. creamy and delicous. syrupy and very different. I was slightly worn out at this point because like Zach this was number 13 on a very hot day.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
there’s nothing finer than peeling away wax and finding the bottle corked! no head at all, way too sweet and overpowering alcohol, couldn’t even finish it, but it was my 13th different beer of the day
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Kind of strange little brew, quite unique. quite an acidic, dark fruit and mineraly, vinegar flavour. also quite fizzy, also tasted a bit of berries in there aswell, strange and unique, pretty darn good.