xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma is of farty pants and DMS.
Pours like chalk and raspberries that had sex with each other.
WTF. Seriously, this is all hazy and crap, even though it has been in the cellar, still, for years.
Taste is dulled red fruit, farty pants, dms, and weirdness.
This beer makes me sad.
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2005 bottle courtesy of STLWill. Thanks! Pours a very hazy, almost murky, orange-tinted pink. Small head with poor head retention and lacing. Godawful looking beer. Aroma is big bread notes with some berry and nutty/sesame notes as well. Taste is tart currant and berry notes with stale moldy bread and nutty notes. Medium bodied. Fairly strong alcohol notes. Seems a bit past its prime.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle. Only vintage? Hey, brewed on my wifeís 28th birthday! Oh damn. Pours murky, sandy, looks gritty, had to agitate the crap out of the bottle to get that thick stubborn sludge loosened and out of the bottle. Stemmy fresh aroma of juicy raspberry, currant, blueberry and marionbery. Light bodied, more stems and leaves, hot with alcohol. Some juicy fruit pops up in the finish, but more alcohol is there to knock it down. Creamy body, coats my mouth.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle courtesy of josephselander poured into a tulip.
Pours a bizarre-looking opaque milky brown with hints purple and a pinkish white head that hangs around as a solid collar for a while and leaves no lacing. Looks like grapefruit juice with a shot of coffee added - seriously.
The smell is dominated by currants - a big sweetness with additional fruits thrown in, maybe blackberries and cherries. There is also a bit of dry woodiness and hints of tartness.
The taste is extremely powerful and has a heavy black currant sweetness with lots of sugar in the background and the finish has a slight tart fruity character. There is a solid yeast presence in the middle before the vinous finish.
The mouthfeel is also extremely interesting as it feels almost like pureed fruit, with a thickness that Iím not accustomed to. Itís not a heavy mouthfeel, but itís like thereís sediment coming through on every sip. The carbonation is very subtle and soft.
This is one of the more unique beers Iíve ever tasted. Iím not going to say itís a great beer, but itís not like Iíve got a lot to compare it to. The sweetness definitely starts to build up over time and I wouldnít want to drink more than one bottle of it. That said, a tasty experiment from HotD.
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to ditmier!
Opaque coffee with a pink-beige head... one of the weirdest looking beers Iíve seen. Nose of heavy currant, caramel, some cookie/fig notes. Flavor with more current and cookie. An alcohol note makes it rather harsh. Thin body, biting. Too one-dimensional to really enjoy, and the alcohol is a real problem when trying to enjoy the fruit.
kramer (5357) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a very cloudy and murky brownish body with virtually zero head. This might be the most unappetizing looking beer that I have ever come across. It almost looks more like YooHoo than beer. The nose is lightly sour with a spice and berry overtone. Lots of yeastiness and a bit of caramel. The flavor is equally murky as the appearance is. A mix of current jam and berry flavors with lots of yeast, some dark malts and maybe a little earthy wheat. Finishes with a touch of sour berries and moderate oxidation. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thick yeast slurry texture. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, I think that this guy is just a little over the hill. As good as some HotD beers age, this has to be among the worst. A very weird beer, even after sitting completely still for several weeks on a shelf it manages to be among the cloudiest beers Iíve ever seen. Drink these up if youíre still holding, they arenít going to be getting better.
BeerandBlues2 (10713) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2005, received from ditmier. Pours cloudy amber with a small, fizzy, white head, mostly diminishing with spare lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw), light hop (grass), average yeast (earth) with notes of currant, cinnamon, and candy. Medium bodied, gritty texture, average carbonation, and a sour finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and sourness.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish brown with an off-white ring of foam. Caramel, berry and musky aroma. Taste of dust, and fruit. Light body and carbonation. Dry woody finish.
anders37 (19148) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown/reddish color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity yeasty berry black currant aroma. Fruity black currant flavor with some yeasty hints. Also slightly bitter in flavor. Has a dry fruity berry black currant finish with some alcoholic hints.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle via trade. Pours (as the tokyogoat said during our tasting) T.J. swamp water brown with a lighter colored head that had a slight purple tint. Tons of blueberry and Currants in the nose with a touch of booze. Tastes like you put a blueberry pie in the blender and drank it, yummy.