ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Widgeted can. Aroma is bananas and spices. Silky texture, as expected from a widgeted brew. Flavor is malty, with some fruity undertones, and a bit of Belgian spiciness. A bit of hops in the finish. It’s OK, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again (although I would like to try the cask version).
Geiserich (4048) - Linz, AUSTRIA - MAR 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big Hemp aroma, herbal, light sweetness. Dark golden to orange color. Light herbal flavor, hemp taste, hoppy. Dry light astringent finish. Fruity. Light coffe note. Very pleasant.
Nate (3998) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Rich malty aroma. Caramel and brown sugar, Twizzlers and neutral fruits. A bit of oak. Dark chestnut clear, with thin off-white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts with some smokiness, roasted grains, with light caramel and mild acidity. Burnt sugar and mild hop bitterness toward the finish, with smoky nutty after. Decent ale.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Very strong caramel aroma with some light floral tones. Clear copper coloured body is topped with fizzy white head that recedes to a lasting cover. Strong caramel malt flavour with some butterscotch and a light floral hop flavour and gentle bitterness. Mild effervescent carbonation and medium body. Butterscotch diacetyl becomes cloying after a while. Bottle.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a widgeted can - The problem with these things is that they turn out to be way too smooth in palate and taste. The "unique rich, deep flavor" from the commercial description is washed away by the overly silky mouthfeel. Likewise, the aroma seems to suffer from the heavy, creamy head’s smothering. I’d like to try this from the cask some time. It seems to have possibilities.
Dorqui (2168) - Brescia, ITALY - FEB 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Creamy foam of medium persistence. Shining red/orange dark color. Discreet fizz. Alcoholic and bitter scent. Discreetly fizzy with a determined taste and refreshing. Optimal persistence. Hoppiness.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I am unimpressed. Weak appearance with a weak off white head on a ruby clear body. Aroma is malty, dried fruit and not bad but a little on the weak side as well. Palate weak and flavor is malty, sl sweet initially and a bitter but unbalanced aftertaste in my opinion. Think I will pass on another one of these beers. Not bad but definately not worth the calories.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2005 This beer was barely even drinkable. It just tasted nasty to me. After the first sip which had malts and raisins, it just tasted disgusting. Not good and not worth the effort.
hobgoblin (163) - St-Épiphane, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned. Look like the Guiness but with a golden brown color and big cream white head. Smells of malt and wheat. Taste of malt, wheat and fruity and bitterness. Nice beer for this category (pub ale).
Lorsque qu’on la verse, elle ressemble beaucoup a la Guiness sauf que sa couleur est d’un brun dore avec un epais collet cremeux. Odeur de malt et de ble. Au gout, elle est malte, gout de ble et fruite avec une legere amertume. Bonne biere pour cette categorie (pub ale).
Stew41 (1892) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear dark amber / toffee. Small fine head shows good retention. Malty nose with sweet notes; very pleasant and and quite broad in feel. Palate backs up well with more caramel malty notes. There’s a bit of fizz here which detracts a little and the finish has some bitterness but not as much as I would have trought The upside of course (re the fizz)ist that it makes for a good summer session type.