BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2006 22oz bottle courtesy of sick_boy282 (thanks Alex): Brown colored body, showing amber/ruby highlights when held to light, with a small beige head that dissapates to a small ring with nice lacing. Aroma: MartinT is spot on when he says grapefruit sorbet - thatís exactly the aroma Iím getting. Sweet grapefruit, fresh hops without being assertive, hints of wet tobacco, red grapes, mild caramel, mild fruit cake, and a very subtle hint of chocolate cake. Taste: more sweet & malty than I expected from the aroma. Flavors of bitter citrus/pine/grapefruit blend with soap & chocolate malty flavors. Then it opens up to orange zest, figs, fruit cake, caramel, peppery alcohol, young plant leaf, earth, and floral spice. Finishes with bitter pine and floral hops, a hint of grain, and a bit of alcohol. Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation. The hops are still pretty dominant, this seems like it would age very well. Re rate Green Flash tasting @ RFDís: Aroma shows plum, pear, very fruity, caramel, grapefruit through itís sweet, figs, and prunes. Taste is apples, figs, chocolate, caramel, prunes, chocolate cake, bitter bakers chocolate, the hops seem to have faded quite a lot after just 2 years. 7/4/8/4/16.
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 The Lure:
Bright floral hops float and hang on to the splendid foam and lacing. Grapefruit sorbet roams amidst the caramel, as earthy wet tobacco provides even more comfort. Wooden dryness, citrus fruit and rosewater/lavender liveliness complete this moment in delicious ecstacy.
Sweet, earthy, plump berries live peacefully, yet not closely, with the resinous hop bitterness. Floral spiciness and deep malty sweetness satisfy and surprise. Flavors arenít that well-blended so far, but each side of the flavor profile is presented with talent. Lots of potential.
Exotic decadence somehow is a little more attractive to me than standard decadence.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAY 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great sweet, caramel, vanilla nose with a hint of grape. It has a very dark red-brown color with a good white head that retains throughout the experience. Flavor has caramel, fig, dried fruit. Aftertaste has a grainy texture to it that hints at a bit of chocolate. Finish has some alcohol to it. Palate is just a little watery. Way way better than the 1st anniversary.
sloth (2605) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber thanks to SDbruboy. Clear chestnut colored body under a medium sized tan head that faired well. Hoppy nose, piney, a touch soapy? Med/full body. Floral hop flavors, perfumy. Medium sweet malts, caramel, a hint of chocolate, light earthy notes as well. Finish is lightly sweet. Just something about it though? Did,nt grab me. Thanks Cliff!
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma was malty sweetness, a slight citrus, and carmael notes. The flavor was malty sweet, slight citrus, and pine notes. This beer was hoppy and kinda grapefruity. The beer poured a brownish red color w/ thin lasting head and medium lasting lacing. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and creamy.
htsprint1 (53) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pulled out of the fridge at the Hampton Inn. Eye like Idrinkale :)
Barleywine Schmarleywine. American Strong to Double IPA at this point. Pineapple, flowers, a lot going on with the aroma here. Flavor is hops, hops, hops with moderate alcohol presence and sweet caramel. Honestly one of the better beers in an amazing evening of beers.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle (courtesy of DarkElf). Hazy dark red color with a rich, hoppy nose and tons of lacing. Taste is malty at first a but subtle then almost out of nowhere, the ripe, chewy hops jump you from around a blind corner. I really enjoyed this stuff thoroughout.
BBB63 (6392) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Mike for opening the bottle, this was the surprise for me of the night: Ruby hued with a long lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pineapple, grassy and floral hops, hint of dry oak and earthy esters. The taste got a big WOW! Big fruity front end with minor bittersweet chocolate characteristics. A note of spice and pine upon the finish and even a bit of the oak showed up as well. The feel is sticky and lush with a sharp finish. This is a winner, I really found myself digging it.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber color. Small white head. Aroma is funky malt, lots of apples. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, and piney hops. Interesting. Thanks to one of the "hampton inn" crew for sharing this one.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown hue with a hint of red/amber when held up to a bright light. A very nice light tan head forms with wonderful lacing. Aromas of grapefruits and tangerines, with hints of oak and pine. A little spice eminates as it warms. Flavors of coffee, with a lingerind, thick mouthfeel and finish. More flavors of a light soy sauce and a hint of sourness that ruins the finish.