Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2003 Head exploded out of the glass after the gentle pour, I knew what to expect so I was careful. Cloudy deep brown color. Starts out crisp like a wheat but then molasses and dark fruits kick in, filling out the body. Finishes somewhat sweet and smokey. Slight smokey chocolate nose. Tasty. Thanks to my man Dogbrick for the trade.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark, very little head. A hint of spice, a little sweet, rounded out with a little roasted flavor. Very good.
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of dark fruit, yeast, touch of clove (almost spicy), concord grapes, light oak, light banana, light vanilla, cake stickiness, light molasses, and brown sugar. Sweet flavor, touch of salt, light smoke, light roastiness, with a light-moderate bitter finish. Quite interesting to say the least...
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice earthy brown-red color. The aroma hints at the fruit and malt flavors. A very good and tasty beer, very pleasurable. Great mouthfeel. Not bitter at all but a nice bite at the end, from the alcohol I presume. I'm going to have to have a few more of these and then re-rate but I know i want more. Simple and complex taste at the same time, i just can't put my finger on it.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smokey malt aroma with hints of dark dried fruits. Ruby brown color, foamed over initially, but settled down and maintained a decent head throughout. Intensely smokey flavor, decent underlying malt, some subtle dried fruits (dates, raisins), and a spicy hop finish. Smooth full mouthfeel. A little too smokey for my tastes. Wouldn't recommend it as a dessert beer, but it would probably be good with a cigar (as per the commercial description).
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 52.I hate to say it but it seems every Hair of the Dog ale I buy at Trader Joes is a huge over foamer.Fortunately that is not where I bought this bottle.Malty fruity grape aroma.Fruity chocolate flavors of cherries,peaches and plums with a mild sour finish.Very smooth with minimal hop bitterness.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2003 (5May2003--re-rate--batch 51) Ay caramba! Hands down the most disgusting concoction I've ever poured down my throat. Two sips and down the drain. Tastes like fermented cucumber skins with chunks of yeast. Is it quality control at the brewer, or Trader Joe's? Yuck!
Certainly an interesting way to cap off my hundredth beer here.
Shopping for brews at Trader Joe's, I missed this one many times, until I saw the $1.99/bottle price.
Expensive enough for there to be something inside!
Pours thick, deep ruby brown, with a heavy yeast load.
Strangely, almost no head develops initially, even with vigorous direct pouring. But then a cascade of extremely fine bubbles rushes forth to make a pretty, but small crown.
Head is mostly receding, though the carbonation is somewhat active and persistent.
Pungent, vinuous aroma, dominated by a plum-like smell.
Initially silky mouthfeel; warming, though not overpoweringly alcoholic.
Sourness is strong, and grows in intensity as the beer progresses.
A persistent smokiness develops, almost as pronounced as in a pure rauchbier.
Not terribly astringent or bitter. Quite dry. Plums and raisins, with a fairly
low level of maltiness (molasses).
Carbonation is insufficient; beer finishes flat, with the sourness dominating.
From the variance in descriptions here, you'd think that people were trying 40 different beers.
This particular bottle (batch?) is fucked up. Complex, interesting, but fucked up.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle opened like a 4th grade volcano science project - had to put the bottle in the sink for a little while. Needless to say, head was not an issue with this brew. Dark and malty - the smoothness of the malts is wonderful. Other interesting tastes were wood (sides of tongue) and smokey fruits. Alcohol is fairly well hidden - seems like an extension of the other flavors (batch 54)
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely Fan F'IN tastic!!!!! The aroma is an entrancing mixture of aged wood, alcohol, fruits and chocolate. The appearance is this wonderful dark brown black thing with a gorgeous medium brown head brimming with lovely bubbles. The taste is just mmmmmmmmmmm good. Everything from wood, cherries, plum, butter, chocolate, syrup, and many other vinous qualities come out. Wonderful mouthfeel, very oily and buttery on the tongue. Lightly bitter and extremely yummy to say the least. Overall, just a mouthpleaser!!!
seven7dust (11) - Missoula, Montana, USA - FEB 16, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best Beer I've ever had. I kept it stored for about 6 months, opened it, and enjoyed every ounce.