CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2007 Batch 47 sampled on 2/24/07: Pours with a good amount of CO2 and a nicely-lacing tan head. Has a big black cherry, earthy caramel aroma. Body starts fairly full and dark caramely sweet with a touch of cardboardy notes toward a drier finish. Definitely past its prime, but still seems to have aged fairly well (7,4,7,4,15).
Batch 61 sampled on 5/6/06: This one foamed over as soon as the cap came off. Strong acidic and lightly funky aroma combined with some aged malts. Body is very tart and has notes of brett. This is definitely infected and a drainpour to me. Lets hope it’s an isolated incident, because I really liked it the first time I had it.
Batch 48 sampled on 1/15/03: Very malty aroma with hints of plum and raisin, very reminiscent of a barleywine. The body is dark brown with very little, if any, head. Syrupy mouthfeel with even a touch of smokiness and a warming finish. The flavor is sweet and complex and gets better as it warms. This could still use some aging, but was very good. An interesting and unique style.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 12, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #53. Fruity, malty, floral, and slightly alcoholic aroma and flavor. Dark brown/red color, but mine gave no head at all. The feel was slightly flat...needs more carbonation. Sweet finish. Interesting.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch 41. Opaque dark-brown, slight head that leaves a persistent ring; very port-like. Nose wine-like, figgy, caramel, delightful though awfully strong. Flavor: what a beer to follow up the 3Fs Behemoth! Just a cacophony of flavors: smoke/charcoal, wood (elm I think), anise, mushrooms? very earthy, huge malts and not a lot of hops in this sample. Very smooth, perhaps a little thin at the very end, but a solid, wonderful, unique experience. How will I hold out on my other couple of bottles?
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2006 Dark chocolate color with hardly enough head to speak of. Sweet bocky nose with chocolate, raisons, bread dough, and alcohol. Very bocky, creamy mouthfeel with more chocolate, rye, wet charcoal, raisons, vinious winelike malts, pepper, and spices. Finishes with a little alcohole, more winey malts, a touch of carroway, Very tastey.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark ruby body with a lingering white lacing on top. The aroma is not quite pleasant - similar to sour apples. (Batch #53). The flavor is not bad - very apple cidery and spicy. The alcohol is well-masked. Light carbonation increases its similarity to a cider.
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 41 - Deep mahagony color with no head but lots of bubbles (no head may have been due to my glass). Huge nose with a woody sweetness to it. Lots of dried fruit sweetness and oak flavors. Almost smokey. Great sipping beer.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Yeowch! Maybe I'm just not used to this beer, but it is just way too much for me. Very thick head- lots of it. There is too much flavor here for me. Sweet chocolate and malt, and fruits are OK, but is killed by the excess hops. Nice try by a small American brewery, but it is much too sweet and is too hopped up for my tase.
Reminds me of an overly sweet and hoppy version of "Old Peculier". I get the impression that I tried this too cold. Perhaps I should try it again at a higher temp. VERY smokey. TOO sweet.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
batch 54 alongside zach diesel once again. This beer was an experience as well. took at least ten minutes to pour even into a nice big ale glass. Tons of sediment throughout the whole brew. looks like a super chocalatey weissbier. The taste however takes you on a 180 degree turn. SMOKE????? what the heck is that all about? wait, woah, oh man I really like it. fruity notes on the palate after the ’specially roasted’ barley. velvety mouthfeel with a solid amount of carbonation. I’ve been drinking alot of 4+ beers lately and this one, from right here in Portland can stand up to any of them and fare quite well. had one from batch 53 on 12/08/2002 and it wasn’t nearly as sweet as 54. Still good beer, but totally different finish and mouthfeel. 12/14/02 batch 50, no head at all, sweet nose, tons of barley & sooo chewy
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 54: Biggest head I’ve ever seen. Deap brown color. Malt and a little yeast in the aroma. Flavor is malty, nutty, raisons, alcohol. Almost like a belgian strong ale
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
8/22/02--Batch #33: Aroma most unusual--estery, spicy--hints of vanilla, cinnamon & sherry---also a lactic sort of tang...Color hazy and deepest brown with faint garnet edges...head light-to-moderate but here to stay! Flavor simply BLOOMS in the mouth...so complex you can’t keep up...changes come faster than a politician who’s losing his lead in the polls. The mouthfeel is so funny...it feels ’frothy’ throughout its transit...never felt a brew do this...Warm burn as an afterthought...This is a thoroughly astounding piece of brewing art.