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.
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty aroma with the feel of some alcohol present. Dark brown(coffee) in color. Dominated by the a pleasant roasted, smokey flavor mixed with some chocolate, Adam is a very tasty beer. I wish I had a cigar now to go with this brew!
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 48: Dark ruby in color with no head, very little in the way of any bubbles. Chocolate, fruits (plums, pears)predominate. THere is a roasty, dry finish and some smoked malt seems to peak through. A big malt profile, and the alcohol to match--I can sense it strongly at the finish. Well done.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 54: Like others, intense,foaming leaves a glass of a head. Dark mahogany with a tan head. Fresh,complex aroma.Cedar,roasty malts,toasted malts,chocolate,smoke, and perfumey hops. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Vinous,sweet,woody flavors fill the mouth,slight bitterness leads to deep,warming,sweet, finish. Age should mesh flavors together well as the flavors are not as defined as aromas. Smokiness shows itself in the finish as the chocolate starts to layer the tounge. Whole lot going on here!
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2003 it was Friday it was cold 35 degress our watch was homicide, this is this city. My Name is Friday my partner name is, oops sorry I am so excited my favorite show Dragnet is coming back I almost lost it. Batch 54, Ok get 2 glasses maybe 3 the head pour is almost insurmountable frothy foamy, soapy, Mr bubbles, you get the picture.Loads of carbonation, 15 minutes and still I wait.Oak flavours are the first you encounter after most of the foam goes away.Caramel, and chocolate, malty, sure this would be good with a cigar as other have said.Roasty , Toasty, perfect for those cold Winter nights in the Hottubs in the Smoky Mountains, nothing spectacular here, just a good beer for cold weather I must admit after having Fred first this is a letdown. still a good one for the cold times.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The biggest head I have ever seen on a beer. There was about an inch of beer in the glass, and the rest of the glass was full of foam - crazy! Very rich and flavorful, but just not so much to my personal liking. A little too strong and dirty tasting. For some reason the flavor made me keep thinking of a black plastic garbage bag.
Dogbrick (10872) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 54: Finally able to get this in Ohio. Pours a motor-oil dark brown, and 9/10 glass light beige foam to start out. I barely noticed the foam creeping out of the bottle in time to keep it from ending up all over the table while I was waiting for the foam in the glass to die down. That was kind of irritating. It is never good when it takes you longer to pour a beer than it does to drink it. Head took forever to dissipate. Aroma was a great blend of roasted nuts, raisin, malt, and alcohol. Flavor is an earthy concoction that doesn't even bother to try to hide the alcohol content. Very complex, with flavors of malt, fruit, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and a myriad of other things. Great beer, but the crazy foam attack needs to go.