larsniclas (5996) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colour, bubbly head.
SOft and smooth. Very malty with licorice. Late, dry bitterness.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thaniks to Larry Pitonka for the bomber. Very classy crisp red body with a thin head to it. Quite the attractive beer. Aroma gives me a big whiff of the pleasentres of barleywines; heavy enough malt character it makes my back hurt, strong citrus profile that could hurt a small child. Flavor is just as large, heafty in all departments. There is a strong fruity, almost english strong ale presence, but its too robust to be one. It helps develope that sense from the large amount of hops presence. I’ve had hoppier beers, but you can only appriciate so much. This beer seems to bring it right up to the brink. Again, thanks for the beer André.
heemer77 (5165) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2005 The body is dark ruby. The vanilla ice cream colored head is frothy and thick. The aroma is rich caramel with a little bit of fresh hay. There is also some light cheese. The taste is rich carmel with some iced tea. There is also a nice chocolate note. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. The rich and full mouthfeel is slightly sticky. Thanks to Kevin for hooking me up with this in a trade.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colour. Marzipan and alcohol in aroma. Fullbodied mouthfeel and very smooth with quite some bitterness. Residual sugars, slight apricot and also citrusy. Feels reminiscent to Bigfoot but not as fresh hoppy.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Floral, orange-blossom, pine, grapefruit hops are strong in the nose. Clear, mahogany-brown with a light ring of tan head. Thick, sugary, malt flavour with resinous bitterness and strong fruity esters. Medium body with low carbonation. Straight-forward and enjoyable. Bottle enjoyed with CapFlu, Goldorak, Joey_Capps, Olivier_MTL, Lubiere and MartinT.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark redish amber colour, with a thick yellow head. Hoppy nose with hints of almond. Rounded flavour, great bitterness. Slight alcoholic. Fruity, citric, acidic flavour. Sticky mouthfeel. Excellent palate. Medium to full bodied.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur ambrée parsemée d’une dense mousse blanche et crémeuse. Profil aromatique plutôt houblonné, floral, résineux et agrumes sous un fond oublié de mousse de tourbe et de terre. Profil gustatif penchant plus vers le sucre, réminiscent du sucre à la crème et de la cassonade, tout en conservant une bonne part de résine et d’amertume. Alcool facilement perceptible en retro-olfaction. Nettement moins sucré que leur Brown Sugga.
CapFlu (4761) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Pours clear, reddish carbonated body beneath a headless body. Nose is warming. Malty and iodine flavour. A real letdown from such a famed brewery.
MartinT (8492) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grassy hops and creamy grapefruit are tickled by pine combs and black pepper. The approach is mostly hoppy, maybe because this 2004 vintage is still young.
Resinous, grassy and citrusy hops blend well with candied fruit and earthy cereal. A creamy mouthfeel ensues, as brash hop bitterness nears chalkiness after a while. I prefer it to their Brown Shugga, slightly.
Another competent staffer from Lagunitas, always original too, yet not quite exactly what I’m looking for.
sloth (2622) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Twenty aught 4 vintage. Medium sized tan head, good retention and some spotty laceing. Clear, deep amber hued ale, a real looker of a beer. Nose is nicel fruity, hoppy with citrus, a touch of pine and medium sweet malts, doughy. Med/full body, slick, lightly oily, laid back citrus and pine flavors propped up with a gentle maltiness. Finish is mostly dry, spicey and lasting. A nicely balanced and highly quaffable brew. The fatmanrocks! Thanks Derek!