Ernest (5863) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2009 Bottle (2008, blend 7). Head is initially huge, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain/bread), lightly hoppy (herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of bark, autumn leaves, clove, light note of cherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lighlty alcoholic. Another solid rustic ale from JP...but then, they’re pretty much all this caliber. Go Ron!
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful cross between garnet and amber. Slight bourbon and strong vinous flavor. Molasses, brown sugar, honey tempered by acidic notes. Sticky, tart plum. Disliked the strong sherry note in the finish, just seemed a little over the top and didn’t jive with the rest of the beer.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml barrel aged and bottle conditioned. Poured a medium sized fizzy ivory head with fair lacing, cloudy, carbonated, and a copper hue. Malty, caramel, spicy and alcohol aroma. Flavor was malty, caramel, spicy and vinuous. Delicious! Mouthfeel started out smooth and then a burning sensation. Highly recommended.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, brown in color, decent tan head, with decent lacing, as soon as i raised it to drink i could smell the rich aroma of bourbon, definitely also has an alcohol flavor mixed with fruit. different but i like it
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hazy brown color. Nice tannish head that fades moderately fast, minimal lacing. Bourbon notes are in the aroma. Fruit, malt and yeast can also be picked up. Very pleasant mouthfeel. Smooth. The bourbon flavors make this feel bigger than 7%. Pretty well done.
jaymobrown (1586) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sour sugar nose. Thick yeast, cookie, sugar, doughy flavors. Full mouthfeel. Woody and alcoholic. Quite an interesting aftertaste.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick, leatherhide brown with huge floating bits at the bottom of each glass. Foamy tan head disappears quite quickly. Nutty, musty nose has hints of banana and woody barrel aging. Caramelly and toasty as it warms up, slightest hints of sourness and breadiness, more touches of oak. Fluffy mouthfeel. Hints of spice and hops at the tail end. Very low carbonation. Give the barrels some time to grow more goodies on the inside and I think that this beer will blossom to become a masterpiece! Needs some maturation in the bottle as well. I’ll be revisiting this one soon, but the other releases are already bangin’!!!!
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glistening ruby. Thick ivory foam spackle throws sticky lace all over the glass. Red plums, raisins, and walnuts with lighter scents of cedar and leathery yeast. More vinous than it is whiskeyish, with gobs of fruity esters and tannins masking the vanilla and oak. Dense, creamy body. Perfect for its size. Immediate rush of alcohol floods the palate, underpinned by soft bready malts and coconut. Trace plum acidity briefly deters the sweetness, but the alcohol continues to overwhelm the potential array of subtleties. Juicy hop driblets exude, but to a very minimal effect. Body is thick, but elegant, with their savory, tongue-coating hallmark yeast stamp and fresh coconut textures. Yeast and persistent, but understated, cakey malts continue to coat the tongue, which suppress the chocolate and slight tannic tingle. Notes of cask wood [cedar] leave a lasting impression and try to dry it out, but the sweet bourbon and peppery alcohol inevitably return. More hop bitterness would impart more body and better withstand the sweetness. And less bourbon would reveal more phenols and fruity esters. It’s unfortunate that such a beautiful beer lies underneath, but goes practically unnoticed, due to the overemphasized bourbon-aging. However, I’m a sucker for their yeast, and this does show some nice tannic restraint. Pleasant dessert brew.
thedm (4848) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained soft carbonation, was very cloudy nearly opaque and brown in color. Its aroma contained mildly spicy malty hoppy and doughy notes. Its mouth feel is initially tingly tart vinous with a lingering spicy finish. Its flavor contained malty spicy caramel hoppy doughy notes and was OK, but a bit confusing on all of the tastes and various flavors.
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
a nice appearance...dark red, with little head...a great aroma of spices, sweet and sour; same with the taste... a very complex flavor of many things...tasted like it has been barrel aged...good beer overall