shadey (1846) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2009 Fresh. Dark amber with a big rocky white head. Yeasty and spicy aroma. Big mouthfeel of spice yeast and a touch of alcohol. Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Nicely made, but I don’t know if I would seek it out again.6/5/6/3/15
2007 12oz bottle consumed February 2009. Pours a deep brown with a regular head of tight mocha bubbles. Nice lacing as well. Aroma reveals the tart presence of bret!
There is also some nice funkiness, almost junkiness. Flavors are initially sweet, followed bu the tartness, and the funk. This stuff is MUCH better with age. And I would bet it would only get better with more age.7/4/8/5/17
2007 bottle consumed October 2009. Still a fantastic beer.The bret has brought out some fantastic character. The body continues to hold up.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Murky amber in colour, thin dissipating beige coloured head, some lingering lace. The aroma was quite spicy, some ginger, maple, earthy, some caramel and butterscotch. The flavour was of spices - lots of pepper - some alcohol, buttery, caramel, earth and dark fruits. Coating mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes with a bit of alcohol with some pepper spice. Very nice stuff.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rich floral aroma with caramel. Pours a nice golden amber. The taste is of caramel maltiness and hints of fruit. The finsih on the palate is astringent.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours a dark amber, with a thin cream coloured head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, with notes of vanilla. Taste is sweet spicy, fruity, and cigarbox wood
drfabulous (3575) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just lovely. Amber. Rich. Perfect beer for sitting around in the backyard. Michigan got so much better when Jolly Pumpkin opened.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish-brown color with a large ivory head that slowly settles. Perfumy nose of malt, caramel, toffee, fruit, and alcohol. Medium bodied with a gentle smoothness. Strong presence of alcohol in the flavor with notes of caramel, toffee, and some fruit. Get the alcohol flavor in check and this one might be a classic.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml - Aroma is sweet and funky with carmel malt, bourbon, and pepper. Pours a dark brown with a quickly dissapating head and no lacing. Flavor is intense with bourbon followed by some carmel and a touch of black cherry. Palate is clean. Warming is an understatement.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet malty aroma. Notes of caramel. Reddish brown in color. Fluffy head that settles down quickly. A lot of spice. You can tell right away that this would age well. You get a lot of flavors that don’t come on until the distant aftertaste. Pepper, red peppers, spice, tobacco, ripe fruits and the oft mentioned caramel. This beer sits with you and gives the throat a workout. Very interesting beer.
re-rate 5 minutes later:
Just got done rating this and duhhhh bourbon really comes out as this warms. Don’t know hwo i missed that.
FoolishMortal (986) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy red brown, large rocky off white head. Caramel, currants, and musty yeast ester flavors. Mustiness dominates the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, but full bodied.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Murky red color with a light tan head. Nice lacing. Malty and yeasty aromas with a real carmely thing going on. Raisiny flavors with some carmel and funky yeasty notes. I would have called this Oerbier in a blind tasting. Didn’t really do it for me.