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RATINGS: 1311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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"Here’s Lookin’ Atcha’!"

Laying there, staring up at the ceiling, head pounding, last night was a dim recollection. How did he get home? Was he alone? Looking to the left and right, the answer was yes, maybe. His head was full of ’rag water, bitters, and the blue ruin’.His teeth felt like he’d been chewing aluminum and his breath smelled like a burning tractor tire. There was a wrenching knot somewhere between his liver and East St. Louis and he couldn’t be sure whether or not he’d wet himself. A yellow sine wave rang in his ears so loud nit made his teeth itch and he was sure that if he touched his skin anywhere it would induce a rhythmic retching jag. Even in the face of all that, he found himself smiling at the realization that today represented the fresh breast of a new year- an undiscovered country- and also there was still one warm, half-full, flat redolent Hairy Eyeball on the nightstand. Yes-there is a God.
2013 vintage - 9.4% abv


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
this was damn tasty. thick, rich, full bodied. some chocolate and nutty flavors and aromas, as well as some licorice and mollasses. definitely a winter warm-you-up kind of beer. some dark fruit and some alcohol also present in the flavor and oh so good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Dark reddish brown with a tan head. The aroma is hoppy and sweet--with hints of caramel and some fruits. Nice malt flavor with some fruits mixed in--I really enjoyed the sweetness in this as it wasn’t overpowering at all--but very nicely mixed in with the malts.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Light black forest cake and cherry aroma, smelled a little winey, quickly disappearing head, a slight sweet cake taste with a touch of molasses and cherry skin, hop bitterness and alcohol become evident in finish,a little confusing,not sure what they were going for

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2411) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Thin dense foamy head. Reduces slowly with light carbonation. Rich aroma with dark fruit, caramel, chocolate covered cherries and a bit of roastyness. Quite the nice aroma. Color is a very nice port red. Roasty and sweet flavor. More cherries, roasted malts, molasses and a very dry and slightly bitter finish. The more subtle flavors are overpowered by the roastyness. Nice alcohol presence and warming. Flavors do not meld very well. FInish is dry and a little pasty. A decent brew but not one of the better american strongs.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrD (61) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 I’m wanting to say that this brew is a bit on the bland side...but I’m guessing that the sharp alcohol is deadening my taste. The finish is a tad too bitter for the malty mid-stretch. (Maybe a little time downstairs will mellow both the alcohol bite and bitterness?) At this point, not very complex, bet pleasantly warming--and invigoratingly sharp. A stunning mahogany color. (2/07, home, 12oz)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Dark, almost porter-like, minimal head. Malty aroma and taste with just enough bitterness to balance. Almost like a wee-heavy with some hops. I’m not enjoying this as much as some of their others brews. Very smooth for its size, but just not super-interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6627) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2007
12oz bottle @ Coles Buffalo NY. Poured into 12oz goblet. Appeared rather flat with no carbonation &1mm head & no retention. Sweet malty aroma that sort of misleads. Fruity taste with malt backbone. good but something is holding me back.?.?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rajendra82 (971) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Another good looking arrival into Georgia from this successful brewer from California, I picked up my Hairy Eyeball in a six pack of 12 oz. bottles. As I poured the first of these into a pint glass, the beer looked rather unassuming. The body was clear, and mahogany brown; the head was small and short lived; and the lacing was sparse at best. The smell was much more enticing than the looks, as I detected honey, orange marmalade, and strawberries. There was also a noticeable spiciness from the hops as well a whiff of alcohol. The taste was even better than I had anticipated from the smell. I was expecting a sweet malt bomb; however this beer was actually quite well attenuated and balanced. There was sweetness there of course, showing up as apricots, toffee, and brown sugar, but the herbal bitter hops were quite bracing, and the overall the taste was more dry than sweet. The mouthfeel was a bit abrasive, but with some age, I think this would round out for the better. It was quite similar to the Brown Shugga, but not quite as hard hitting, which made it a much more approachable beer IMHO.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Draught at Brazen Head. Dark copper/brown with tan head. Aroma of molasses and dark dried fruit (prune, raisin). Flavor of dark but not too sweet malt--brown sugar, toffee--with a woody/barky character coming through underneath. Tastes almost like a barleywine, but with a little less sweetness. Full bodied and relatively smooth, very little carbonation. Overall a nice winter warmer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2007
12oz. bottle. Clear mahogany color with a small beige head. Sweet malty aroma with lots of caramel and some molasses. Flavor was lightly sweet, but was expecting much sweeter due to the aroma. Turns a bit bitter, with the hops that I couldn’t detect in the nose making themselves known. A bit of cardboard on the finish. Where is that lovely caramel I was so expecting? Aroma had me expecting better things, but not bad at all.


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