iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/26/2008. 750mL bottle from notalush. Hazy brown orange with a small off-white head, low retention. Aroma of wintergreen Lifesavers and Kodiac tobacco and some leather, light juniper. Flavor is kinda sweet with more leather, light citrus tang. Dry finish with bitterness at a 2. Low carbonation with a medium body. Luckily, not infected, though a very strange beer.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 750mL Bottle. Courtesy of Dickinsonbeer. Mostly transparent, honey gold colored pour with a quickly dissipating, wispy white head. Nearly still. Intriguing aromas of orange peel, spicy oak, and faint smoke. Some of the juniper characters still show through, revealing a faint pine resin character and some spicier, barky woody qualities. Perfumey. Medium bodied, nearly still carbonation levels. A light sourness come out right away on the palate, combining some lemon rind flavors with a mild grape skin tannin. The tartness transitions smoothly into the light smoke qualities, which are spiced nicely by the piney juniper qualities. Bizarre, but the flavors actually work really well together. The body is also pleasantly light, but full of flavor. Oxidation effects are also subdued. More carbonation would be nice, as the flavors don’t seem to have taken a negative turn. Thanks, Paul!
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 oz bottle, via Dickinsonbeer. Pours a clear orangish body with a small fizzy off-white head that vanished to a very thin ring immediately. Interesting super spicy nose with some sweet maltinss, smoke, and lots of herbal notes. Pepper, juniper, orange peel, and a whole mix of odd things. Spice overload on the flavor, very unusual herbalness, sweet citrus and honey, a little heat on the finish. Complex, but not easily describable malt complexity. No signs of bad aging here. Mouthfeel is full and slightly viscous with a little bit of a clingy stickiness, great fine sparkling carbonation that really cuts through the body well. This is delicious. I can see where some may not have cared for this, but it’s pretty great. This appears to have held up wonderfully.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Thanks. Poured a clear medium orange color. The head consisted of a few small soap bubbles. Smelled of old shoe leather, subdued vinegar, and a hint of mint (ala menthol cigarettes). Medium bodied and minimally sweet with a hint of acidity and mild bitterness. Carbonation was on the low end of the spectrum. Earthy and spicy. Plenty of nonspecific spices I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Interesting beer.
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
joey again. WTF dick? Amber with no head. Leathery mint aroma. Flavor was minty, orange...pine, leather, peppery tobacco...menthol smokes? Finishes lightly tart, no carbonation. Wow, most interesting beer I’ve had in a goodish way.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2008 750mL bottle, courtesy of meguiar on BA, Friday at BCTC. Thanks, Marie! Pours a hazy, golden-amber color; thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Loads of juniper, vanilla, and caramelized honey notes; slightly oxidized. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy brown sugar, licorice, and toasty vanilla; light carbonation; lots of licorice; slight caramel-tinged oxidation; messy, tasty beer at this point. Lengthy finish: licorice, honey, and toasted malts; lots of caramel. 22.214.171.124.14=3.4
750mL bottle, courtesy of jjpm74. Thanks, John! Pours a murky, orange-amber color; off-white head with patchy lacing. Solid amounts of dried caramel, chewy dried fruits, and messy sweet malts in the nose. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy, bready palate; lightly smoky presence; wheatiness, light smoke, and chewy candy sugar; a bit messy overall, but tasty maltiness and delicately smoked character. Lengthy finish: candy sugar, caramel, and soft brown sugar. 126.96.36.199.15=3.5
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750ml bottle@Hoboken#1-thanks Jimmack–pours a disappearing white head and murky yellow/brown color. Aroma is vinegar, lemon, spice, light malt. Taste is vinegar, lemon, spice, light malt, woody. Minimal carbonation. Occasional.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: It was like nothing else I’d ever smelled. It was like something I would expect an ancient healer to make for someone who needed to go on a journey quest. It was a little like when I would, as a kid, mix orange juice, tea and 7UP. The flavor was a lot weaker than the aroma. I think age may have hurt the bottle I tried. I would have loved to try it fresh. It isn’t incredible, but truly unique. Hid alcohol very well, though.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a murky, medium brownish amber, orange with hardly any head. Just a few bubbles that were soon gone. The aroma was fruity, a little smokey, sort of minty too, plus so much else I can’t even describe. There was also some sour peaches and plums and a slight medicinal note. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, acidic and bitter; while the finish was moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, heavily bitter and sour with and average to long duration. The flavor was orange, grapefruit, peaches, tart and sort of bitter fruits, tea , plus much else. The light to medium body was flat with a moderate to heavy astringent finish.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The third time I’ve had this, and I’m finally rating it. Very mild aroma, some light fruits -- kiwi, passionfruit -- with little else. Flavor has a bit of tart, some dry kiwi and the middle, finishing with a whole slew of tropical fruit. Tasty stuff but a bit one dimensional. Well made though.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Courtesy of Jimmack. Pours light brown with orange hues. The aroma of this beer is minty! If you really put your nose in it its a little like vicks(R). The flavor is sour, smoky minty, wheat and light fruit. It finishes crisp and clean i wonder if its the juniper berries. Really good and different!