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 (2927) - 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 (4684) - 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 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, 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 (2158) - 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 (15493) - 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 (2975) - 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.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a sewer water brown, hazy, milky, with a small white head.
Nose is primarily tart apple.
Taste is tart, nice current flavors, green apple with big red wine flavors ont he back ends. Not sweet, slightly dry and tangy.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz from 2005. Glad I got to try this . Bottle is about 3.5 years old to the day. I have to say this has the most unique appearance of any beer Iíve ever had, period. Pours a thick, milky rose color, completely cloudy. I thought it was mixed with sediment until the real sediment starting coming out, big, grainy purple things. Has the same sediment an old vintage port would have. In the glass it looks like Yoohoo or chocolate milk. No head and just really milky and strange looking. Crazy.
Aroma is subdued but I get some HOTD house character in there, some raspberries are also apparent underneath. A cream-like component is also present. Some vanilla as well. The berry component is actually fairly appealing. Flavor is strange, mead-like. Raspberries come out in the flavor along with a sharp, wine-like acidity thatís difficult to describe. Alcohol is still detectable which is a flaw in a beer with this ABV and age. Some fruity tartness is also present. This is very difficult to rate. Itís very interesting, not bad at all but I really canít say I am enjoying it that much. Iím at a loss.
cgarvieuk (13137) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2010 Bottle at DLD 09 ... Hazy pink brown ... sweet fruits ... definite rose petel in nose ... very sweet ... little tart sourness ... cherry fruit (ok must be blackcurrant) in background ... very nice.... 3.7