FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Dark red brown, slightly murky. Small tan head. Syrupy malty, pear, apple, and some citric hop aromatics. Earthy malt, tinges of fruit peel astringency. Spicy and slightly herbal hop characters peer through, particularly in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, slightly dry.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear mahogany with a small tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is malts, malts, and some fruits. Taste is more of the same, but with a handful of hops thrown in. The alcohol is more prevalent when the beer warms. A strong ale that could pass as a lighter barleywine.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a big one, with deep malty aromas that entice your palate inviting you to take a drink and order another. Aroma of fresh bread, fruit and some pine needles mixed with a little grapefruit and pineapple. Themouthfeel is almost too much too handle, lots of dark fruits, burnt toast, a little hot in the aftertaste, but it lingers on and on long after you have swallowed. Do not take this one lightly, it will put you over the edge.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Intensity in Ten Cities! This beer packs a wollup! on tap at the "Sweet Spot" bar in Santa Rosa, CA. Deep mahogany hues and a minimal tan head that just kisses the top throughout. Considerable lacing. Aroma of pine, mild hops, melon and burnt toast. tastes sweet and malty... cinnamon, brown sugar, plums, alcohol and caramel. velvety mouthfeel - a cross between butter and syrup. quality ingredients. tons of hops and malt cleverly masked and well-balanced in the smorgusboard of flavors. One to enjoy very slowly.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rating 1,100. Another day in the office, right? Deep cherry-auburn color, seemingly unfiltered, with a thin, creamy, anamorphic tan puddle for the head that leaves brilliant rungs of spiral lacing on the walls of the tulip glass. Aroma predicates good things to come, reliant on almonds, grenadine, pistachios, plum pudding and bing cherries. Some suggestions of amarillo hops tucked inside a raspberry cream cheese danish. Dry, dispersing quaff aerates an amplified bitterness, void of a malt backbone. Herbaceous rose petals cast a hasty trajectory to realign the flavor profile to be more in line with Raspberry Stolis mixed with club soda. Hard to sit back and understand the bigger picture, however, continuous character evolutions keep the ink flowing. Elemental sweet green tea - with only Splenda within reach for sweetening – helps to transition the flavor to almond extract misted over freeze-dried cranberries. Flavor definitely has endurance, albeit dialed back from the get-go. Effervescence and IBUs outshine any sugar esters whatsoever, and there’s hardly any malt sweetening to fall back on. Finish is placated by enzymatic and dehydrating memories, and runs an awkward two-step: one version is of brown sugar and brandy soaked pecans, the other borders dangerously close to children’s Tylenol. A fun one to deconstruct. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of MrDick. Pours mahogany with decent beige head. Chocolate and caramel up front with some roasted grain toastiness. Flavor has more of a brown sugar/mollasses taste up front with lots of dark fruit and slight roastiness again. Nice syrup like mouthfeel. Will agrre with some that this is borderline barley wine.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A rich mahogany body is topped with a respectable tan head. Notes of hops, malts, fruit, brown sugar, and cinnamon raisin toast meet the nose. Full bodied and robust. The flavor is slightly sweet with traces of alcohol warmth. Pretty good stuff.
chronecro (4) - USA - NOV 17, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not too bitter, not too sweet, not too fizzy, not too flat, not too bad, in my unsophisticated opinion. Malty with a distinct background alcohol taste, but I’ll drink it again. Can’t say the same for other Lagunitas products.
Ratman197 (9028) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 2004 vintage poured a lovely clear garnet with a small but lasting brown head. Aromas of pumpernickel bread, some vinous notes, dark chocolate and a bit of fruit. Palate washeavy and a bit thick but smooth. Flavors of mocha, molasses, malty and roasty with a dry, bittersweet finish.
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet candy aroma. Dark brown. Lightly carbonated with a thin head. Several flavors; not as sweet as the aroma promises. Some bitter hops, but more malt flavor. A good, but odd interpretation of the style.
Flavors become stronger at room temperature, and the palate gets heavier, and the beer almost changes styles into a dry barleywine.