TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SHIT!! Took the cage off of this one and the cork exploded out of the bottle hitting the ceiling. Nothing like starting a beer out with a little fear. Beer pours reddish amber with a big off white head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is somewhat one dimensionally candy sugar with some very restrained malt, yeast, and spices. Flavor is light malt with yeast and pepper. Finish is bone dry. Aroma and flavors are just a bit too muted for this to be considered very good.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I had high hopes for this one, but it just doesn't work. The flavor and aroma are weak, the head is large and annoying, and the mouthfeel is neutral, like the clammy handshake of a bad salesman. It could be worse, but like the song says "Take the "G" out of Grotten, and it’s Rotten."
BTW - I am not anti MJ, but if this is his beer of the year, then he is an idiot.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spiced malt aroma, caramel and yeast. Cloudy amber/red, small toffee head. Tastes of candied malt and brown sugar. Sweet, but not overly. A fine example!
sloth (2780) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium sized offwhite head that never really dies, but relaxes. Some thin stringy lace hangin around. Hazy amber/brown color. Medium body, prickly carbonation. Earthy fruity nose, hints of plum and some bananna also. Dry malt flavor, grainy with a light fruitiness, anise. Finish is dry with a slight nuttiness.
GregClow (3095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber-brown with a small tan head. Malty and yeasty aroma. Decent body, and mild but pleasant flavour of dark dried fruit and brown sugar. Decent, but not breathtaking.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, tan head. Aroma of ginger, malt and a bit of yeast. Flavor is a little too light, malty, a little yeasty. Smooth, soft mouthfeel. Not bad.
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice brown, thick tan head. Aroma is yeast and candi sugar sweetness. Flavor has some dark fruits and spicy yeast. Quite carbonated and tingly mouthfeel. Nicely done dubbel.
jercraigs (9447) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown body with a nice fluffy whitish head. Spritzy malty flavour is a bit underwhelming. Lures you in with high expectations and dissappoints, but is still a nice beer.
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Brown, lasting head. Pretty bland, quite sweet, not much else going on.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I almost put my eye out with the cork. The nose is very yeasty, spicy, and fruity. The palate is dry and spicy. Easy going dry double.