DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft: Liars’ Club in San Diego, CA) Several months ago, I rated the 1st and 2nd Anniversary Ales side by side, but lost the notes, so now I’m doing a solo tasting of this beer. But I can definitely say this is a bolder, more intense beer than last year’s Anniversary Ale. Very flavorful, sweet, malty, and mildly roasty flavor is balanced by a strong bitterness and fresh tasting hoppiness. The nose is sweet, malty and hoppy. The bubbly, light tan head and deep ruddy brown color make for an attractive beer out of the tap. The head fades to a film with several large bubbles providing some contour to the head. Plenty of spiderweb lace is left on the glass. On the cusp between American Strong Ale and Double IPA. I like this a lot. I didn’t think Green Flash had it in ’em. Nicely done, guys! But between the strong flavor of this beer, and my spicy Cajon fries (which I had to eat after rating this beer, and they were cold by then), I won’t be able to taste anything for a few days.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pretty damn impressive looking. had a dirt brown thing goin on in tha color dept. kinda smelled like dirt and malts, like the dirt floor in the basement of a barn. I was pretty damn impressed at the body as it was full and malty and even nutty. very subtle for the amount of alcohol in it. i give it respect
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice and dark transparent chestnut color with little head..mostly just a halo of suds..very subtle aroma of nuts, dust, and malt. Nutty and malty flavors with slight peanut skin astringency..some solid bitterness in the foundation. Not that shabby.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This barley wine pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet adn caramelly/toffeeish with a slight grapefruit note and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is sweet and malty with candy sugar notes and a nice hoppy bitterness. Full bodied and dry.