Crit (3339) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber,off white head. Fresh hop nose. Huge hop flavor from previous bottles seems to have faded, no doubt due to age.. Great Belgian lace.
Guess I cellared this for too long
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1998 Vintage, Sampled on tap at The Stuffed Sandwich
Pours from the tap with a hazy honey color and with no head to speak of. There is a soft fruity nose to this beer with notes of apple and pear being most noticeable. The aroma also has a nice chewy malty note to it that makes me think the beer might taste sweet. Age and some slight oxidation have definitely altered the malt character here, though not necessarily in a bad way. The flavors seem to bear out what I noticed in the aroma. The fruitiness leans towards notes of pear and plum in the flavor and there is even a note that adds a touch of tartness (again accentuating the plum note). The aged character is so much mellower than I would expect from a beer of this age and is a testament to the slower aging of beer in a larger container (in this case the keg). Sam seems to have avoided the typical oxidation notes of wet cardboard and sherry, instead the age just adds to a mellow complexity.
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at stuffed sandwich, very mellow, smooth drinker, malty, hops non existant, some light fruitiness, easy drinking brew, nice, even aged for 9 years!
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich, 1998 Vintage. I have to admit I was skeptical about this one at first - a nine year old mild ale was giving me doubts about giving it a fair shot. After trying a small sample though, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that is has held up remarkably well over the years, so I went back and got another full sized pour in order to spend some more quality time. Pours a slightly hazy color of beechwood with fringes of fall apple cider and a thinly carbonated layer of diminishing white head. Soft fruity malt aromas decorate the bouquet with hints of ripe pears and dried pineapple rinds. A vigorous swirl shakes up a bit more light creamy head, and along with it comes some more tropical fruit dimensions - this time passion fruit and guava. Light bodied, thinly carbonated mouthfeel. Not nearly as fruity as the aroma, but instead a wave of solid light malt flavors meet the tongue. Unmistakingly the second runnings of Fred - after leaving this question in my tasting notes, the commercial description verifies this lingering thought. A lightly toasted baguette crust coats the tongue, garnished with some dried french herbs. As the malt flavors fade, they are replaced by an aged hop character, very herbal, but very light on the bitterness, which I guess can be expected. Quite nice for a mild ale, and one that I would eagerly look foward to trying again fresh if this is ever brewed again.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich poured a hazy amberish orange color with almost no head. The aroma was mainly malt and no hops noticable, it was almost 10years old. In the taste you could tell it had some age on it, but really not a bad beer. No hop bitterness and in no way comparable to its big brother. You could tell that Sam really took care of this one for being so drinkable after all these years.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale straw color. Nice nose, punchy and bright, fruity and crisp with green apples. Grapefruit and pine predominate the flavor, has a good sharp, tart bite and a nice sweetness. Good fizziness as well.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cloudy amber body with medium off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit and pine. Taste is minty grapefruit, a combination that in my book isn't wholly successful.