11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber color, perhaps a little hazy. Big, fat, long lingering head. Great lacing. Aroma is beyond me to describe. Spices and fruits seem to predominate. Flavor is well blended spice and malt. Sort of cloying on the palate. Wheat beer notes in taste are subtle. Really enjoyable.
TimE (3577) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 6, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was fortunate enough to try straight from an oak cask. The body is a dark amber brownish color with absolutely no head. The first smell that hits your nose is strong vanilla beans then comes freshly brewed coffee, cherries and oranges. The mouth is syrupy rich with vanilla, chocolate and oranges. The finish dances with vanilla and chocolate, shit this stuff is goooooooooodddddddd!!!!
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dusty deep orangish mahogany. The rocky and frothy head morphs into a huge tsunami wave and rushes to the shore. The lacing is thick and active, bubbling as it sticks.
The aroma is excellent. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, caramel apples, cherries, light sugar glazed coriander and fresh fruitcake in the nose. Quite the sniffer, in fact, this aroma deserves a 5!
Particles everywhere. The tidal waves subdues. Orange peel jumps out and hits me first. Spices, many spices from the hops and then loads of cinnamon come in. Loads of juicy fruits come in on the finish with vanilla and an alcohol kick. Finish lingers.
However, this beer suffers.
Overcarbonation plays an enormous role in this beer. The mouthfeel was "soda like" and the overcarbonation affected the flavor and the mouthfeel.
This still was a delightful experience.
Smell the empty bottle when you are done. It smells like fresh peaches.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2004 I originally rated this beer much lower as I tried it on tap at the 2004 Seattle Beer Festival. However, since then I have tried it in the bottle and the difference is astonishing! This beer might require some slight aging to be at its best; on tap, it tasted too bitter, but in the bottle it is smooth and rich like an excellent port but with more spice. This beer tastes more like a flavored rum (with the orange peel and cinnamon especially) than anything else I've tried. Very rich, begins a bit hoppy but warms up and becomes malty in a good way. Excellent beer, well worth seeking out a bottle or two!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots and lots of head... off white and fully lasting. Very yeasty at bottom... nice dark red body... clear (yeast in bottle). Really interesting aroma of strawberries, some kind of spices, orange. Sweet spiced orange flavor. bitter wood. Dry bitter finish. A little too fizzy in the mouth, but full flavor. Really good stuff. Goes straight to the head to.... feels good, as I've been dry lately.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
yes the head was absolutely unruly and filled the glass with only 2oz poured! reddish copper fairly cloudy body. light tan foamy head. hoppy aroma, spicy-sweet. pine, orange peel. flavor starts tangy, malty middle, faint tart and sweet finish. light carbonation. slight yeast & hop aftertaste.
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 1, 2004
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
33cl bottle 2004 vintage Horrible gusher, murky yeasty pour, mostly foam. Sour orange, grossly sweet and cloying with a sour twang that is unappealing. Over spiced with some spices I just don’t want in a beer(cinnamon and nutmeg). This beer was bad, I’m not going to try it again. I had doubts, but didn’t think it would be this nasty.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
tan head, orangish/amber cloudy body, spicy aroma, different flavor, unlike anything i have ever had, subdued spicyness, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, sweet, interesting beer.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Annoyingly huge light tan head over a ruby body. Sweet, fruity aroma has cotton candy, cinnamon, and sugary white bread. Esters, too. Vanilla, grape, and yeast in the start of the flavor, finishes with apple and pale malt sweetness. I appeciate the balance between the sweet start and the slightly tart finish. This is good stuff if you let the intense carbonation bubble out.
Sammy (9128) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2008 (2004) A lovely combination of spices, including a favorite, vanilla. Good cinammon.Fruit,malt. Very creamy and lacing.
(2005) An excellent melding of spice again, but a notch down from last year.
(2007) Drying finish. Certainly down a notch or two. Gushed out explosive more than a third of the bottle fo no apparent reason.