Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2005 Batch 36. I must not be man enough for this beer, because despite my best efforts and my appreciation of what this beer does well, I couldn’t squeeze enjoyment from the experience. I took this for a barleywine at first taste. Lovely dark and murky appearance. Malty aroma with considerable complexity in the mouth: early smokey and malty, then chocolatey and brandy, some vinuous notes, and the sweetness lingering on in the late finish. A bit acidic, a bit bitter. I never completely warmed to the flavor combinations, and I kept looking for water to cleanse my palate of it. Horses for courses, as they say. (Original rating: 7-5-7-5-14) // Later re-try from Batch 60. It strikes me that this is a gueuze/stout blend, with raisin-on-a-band-aid flavors. Side by side with Adam from the Wood, it is totally not the same beer. Massive whipped cream head forming mountainous peaks and valleys in my glass.
ElBastardo (13) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent smithers!Stoped by had this from the teet it was awesome,Great nose mixed with a wonderful oily body.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
’Yo A-DAWG’, the pour looks more like ’Guinness’, deep brown, cloudy me thinks, and a very large, creamy light chocolate head, and more lace than Per and Venom can shake a stick at. Nose is caramel, deep earthy malt, smokey, also a bit of peat muskyness, fresh ’Black Walnuts’ also come to mind. Front is malt, the top is medium, the finish is acidic, dry, nicely hopped and ’POW, SLAM, ZOWIE’ the alcohol hits you like your 5 ’X’ spouses looking for their back alimony!. One damn fine beer, and one I will have to find a local source for. Ranks #48 on my current 1000 master beer list. Thanks herbjones
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice dark garnet color. Great plum/ripe fruit aroma. Strong alcohol prescence that seems to soften at mid-bottle. Oak notes with a slight smokiness in the flavor. Overall, a very complex beer thats like nothing i’ve ever had.
babycakes (24) - White Plans, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amazingly good. It is syrupy. Taste like it has chocolate in it. A little bit too strong on alcohol, though.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #52: Totally unique. Malty and rich, complex and somewhat spicy. Truly delicious. Thanks to: Da_Silky1, Sick_boy283 and Trader Joe’s ($1.99/ 12 oz.and well worth it.)
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good god! This one’s truly amazing. It’s an ale...wait, a porter...no, a schwarzbier. Fascinating flavor! Must get more.
ravidesai (950) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
batch #3, pured a thick black with a softlong lasting beige head. very malty and complex , traces of molasses, milk chocolate, oak and sherry.
all these flacors mask the alcohol very well.
great palate - silky and full with enough carbonation
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding one of the best beers I have ever had. Perhaps the most complex american made beer I have had. Simply wonderful.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Batch #26. Dark ruby-black in color, not much carbonation, woody-liquorice aroma.Very smooth soft, creamy mouthfeel. Tastes of oak and smokey chocolate.