willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
05.22.05 750 from jimmack04 at Jimmack Invitational. Clouded reddish pour with mucho foamy head. Tootie-fruity aromas with plum and pear. A little mineral and woody which I didnít get, but didnít realize that this was supposed to be a biere de garde. Dry and spicy finish. Hints at Diacetyl, but moreso just fruitcake-ish like many others in the style. Not my favorite of the JP brews, but still solid.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from jimmack04 at his gathering, cloudy amber color with a foamy white head. aroma of flowers and fruits. i thought the flavor was a little unbalanced, with a spicy, caramel and vanilla backbone that was slightly overwhelmed by by bitter hops. the tail had the same balance problem, which really detracted from my enjoyment of this brew.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 23, 2005
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep hazy brownish red, frothy off white head. Tremendous nose on this with notes of caramelized pineapple, vanilla, wood, coconut, brown sugar, spiced plum and raisin, and softer tones of florals and bourbon. Flavor practically matched with tropical fruit, wood, and caramel initially, but zesty hops kick in late to keep this extremely well balanced. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying, oaky, caramel coated tropical fruit finish. I knew this was going to be good, but had no idea it would be unbelievable! Highly recommended...
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the great Jimmack invitational gathering, bottle by Jimmack. Orange cloudy, white head. Woody fruity aroma, with slight alcohol and bourbon. Flavor is malty and fruity with borbon again. Some woody notes. Dry finish. Decent brew.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Had at the tasting at Jmmack. Thanks. Deep amber in color with a nice tan head. Complex tasting. Malty and fruity aroma. Raisins, plums. Malty fruity flavor. Hoppy. Well balanced beer. Caramel notes. Citrusy. Vanilla notes. Full bodied. Smooth tasting. Enjoyable beer. Drinkable. Nice.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 Bottle...This beer rocks!... Murky caramel in color with a mid-sized, frothy, khaki head. Wonderfully complex, floral aroma with notes of coconut (vanilla & wood), brown sugar, lime, tropical fruit and light perfume. The well-balanced flavor is full of caramel, tropical and citrus fruits and just a rumor of bourbon. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, mildly bitter, dry, finish. Grassy. World class brew!
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2008 Brown/amber. Big, bubbly, tan head. Gorgeous nose- sour fruits, oak, vanilla, earth, toasted caramel, subtle spice. Same flavors, dry finish. Medium body, softly balanced carbonation. Excellent.
Metalhead (634) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2005
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
This crap is near drain pour. It would have been if not for the price. Poured a very cloudy diahretic brown with a large head. Taste was terrible. Like a bad mixed drink at a cheap wedding mixed with stale butter cookies. Couldínt quite place it but this stuff BLOWS! Even worse when very cold. a 3.85 avg,címon??!
bu11zeye (12147) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy particulate orangish brown body with a large beige head. Interesting aroma of butterscotch, red and green peppers, maple syrup, vanilla, oregano, and florals. Flavor of caramel, fruit, and spices. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture. Enjoyable and unique!
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml no date. Style points for a cool label/packaging. Beautiful ruby red in color sporting a creamy layer of froth. This one gets a five for appearance. Fantastic and complex aroma. Berries, fruit,caramel, wet cardboard, peppermint, this ones got alot going on. Lots of spices here. Body is silky smooth with a crisp effervescence and medium to full. Flavors are also complex. Slight sourness, really funky flavors that are blend or fruit, malt,spice and yeast. Overall a really impressive ale that I recommend trying.