glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy reddish/amber with thin head that sticks around the side. Aroma of oak, sweet cider and brown sugar. Taste is wonderful. Starts out with sweet alcohol and malt with oak. Fades into hazelnut and vanilla. Apple cider tastes develop as it warms. Very enjoyable.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to egajdzis for grabbing this...
Appears a semi-transparent, slightly hazed brown/orange with a small white head that slowly fades out. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is runny, hot, spicy, yeasty, full of ripe bananas, nectarines, brown sugar, and rum soaked raisins.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with highlights of ripe fruit, and caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet, plum-wine finish.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a nice glowing amber/copper color; with not much clarity at all. The tan head fades to a film. Interesting aroma. Sweet maple, prunes, cinnamon, and lots of musty yeast. The flavor has herbal wood notes. Dry, almost oak-like. There is a warming toffee flavor, which leads to a peppery character of various spices. There’s also a subtle underlying tartness to balance out the spice character. The finish is surprisingly clean. Interesting, and fairly complex.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a meduim and slightly hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of rice, sake, oak, light vanilla, earthy and caramel. Tastes of race, sake, fruity, caramel, and vanilla. Interesting.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, koji, rice, a bit of caramel malt, and some spice. Taste of sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast, some smoke, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, light alcohol and a bit of tart citrus fruits as well.
TomDecapolis (4338) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this bottle. Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of mixed fruits, sake, earthy, Belgian yeast, citrus, Flavor of vanilla, rice, ginger, oak, Belgian yeast, citrus, sweet malts and Sake characteristics.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Sliffy & Pud - Poured amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of alcohol and wine with some caramel and earthy notes. Flavor included many vinous notes some alcohol, vanilla, and oak. Very dry with slight carbonation and an interesting brew.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a hazy copper color with an off white head. Aroma, caramel and earthy notes, some fruits. Flavor, fruits, grains, caramel, woody, with some sweetness, and my notes say rice.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 Name: XH
Appearance: muddy amber, wispy beige head, specks of lace,
Aroma: fruity wine aroma with lots of sweet vanilla and light spicy oak plus a touch of bitter grape skin,
Flavor: rich sweet flavor with lots of dark caramel and vanilla, nice fruity esters, good amount of oak and light tartness for balance, the tartness grows as it warms and morphs into a woody cherry pit character,
Overall: an interesting unusual yet tasty sweetness in the aroma and flavor that must be from the sake barrel
Aroma: sweet oak and vanilla still comes through strong on the aroma,
Flavor: oak flavor is stronger than ever with lots of spicyness, vanilla sweetness continues to balance, sake adds great and unuasual character,
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
EithCubes (4419) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from State Line. Gingerish woody aroma with caramel and honeyish yeast. Sedimented murky brown pour with a creamy lacing beige head. Touch of orangy citrus, with pepper and spice. Taste is very dry and orange with perfumey ginger notes, sharp crisp palate attack with slightly unsettling oaky bourbon notes. Touch of apple. Fullish body is alternately smooth and crispy, finish is dry and very tangy. Flavors tend to clash a bit, but still, a lot of fun here, a very interesting beer.