Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
n first hearing of this brew, I was intriqued by the name and imagined it was christened in honor of the absurd and vile protoganist of Alfred Jarryís satirical, scatological works of the turn of last century. Turns out they named it after a dog, but Iíd like to think the dog was named after that ridiculous, surrealistic king of Poland. And hey, how about the beer?
Appearance: dark eggplant color, nearing a pure violet, with a good, fuzzy, cream-colored head.
Aroma:oddly uncategorizable, though I feel Iíve encountered this particular nose before, I canít think of where or when. (I hear a Gershwin tune coming on.) A little nutty, a trifle fruity, but nothing like what those words would mean to your mind on their own. Iíll drink deeper to divine more precise connotations...horse blanket, bog soil, wet cat, cactus juice, marmot saliva...oh, now Iím making stuff up!..a bit flinty, minerally, hints of smoke and moss, utterly unique.
Enough, time to taste. Little hops, big malt, but none too untoward.
Medium to full body, and smooth drinking, but a bit flat, unfortunately.
"Just the right amount of hops", says the label. Meaning, "none"?
A little more fruit in the flavor peeks in later, in the form of raisins, dates.
Too little spark to this very unusual beer, somthing I long for in an ale.
Strength only asserts itself at the end, by which point Iím relieved this odd little journey is over.
I do wish I could try one again, to further explore itís mysterious secrets.
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap NY Draft. Caramel brown. Very smooth. Dark in color. bold flavors. good beer. enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap NY Draft. Have had this one for many years at various beer fests. Always a semi-favorite. Carmel brown. Fruity aroma. Flavor is bold with a nice hop bite. Carmel malty. Good brew.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Dark fruits & alcohol bite in the nose. Very smooth dark malt and a little salty with a nice bitter finish
rajendra82 (928) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer looked cloudy, dark brown, and quite fizzy when poured in a glass. The aroma was dominated by lightly roasted malts and bready yeast. I could also detect faint and distant hints of roasted coffee. The taste was dominated by smoky and chocolate malt, however a hoppy bitterness and spiciness continued to assert itself. I was not expecting it to be this hoppy based on the initial aroma. Very tasty beer with a strong alcohol content. I guess they did classify it properly.
Lubiere (9301) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2004 Deep brown beer with a slight moka head. Nuts and malts aroma with roasted malts in mouth, with some nuts and molassess. Good body. A pleasant beer (DRAFT)
26/04/04-Bottled-Deep brown ale with a pleasant nose of caramel and malt, sweet maltsm, with nutella comes out, slightly woody, with juist a nice touch of hops in the end, medium bodied. Still a nice beer. Brewed in Ol' Plattsburg.
crazyvin (1835) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured a deep brownish-amber color with a tan head. Aroma was a mix of oak, coffee, malts, and alcohol. Flavour was mainly hops with a sweetness to it. The alocohol was present.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Co-Rated with Hopscotch. Not bad at all. Deep reds and brown, fluffy off white head. Nice notes of chocolate, nuts, dough, hints of coffee, and fresh baked pumpernickel. Flavor is not nearly the same as the aroma, but still decent none the less. Hops add a nice balance at the end to the malt. Certainly worth a try.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Co-rated by Scraff... Clear, mahogany ale with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head.
Very well retained with nice, creamy, thick lacing. Chocolatey aroma with notes of cashews, chocolate chip cookie dough and dark breads. The flavor, although well-balanced and well-bittered, is a bit of a let down. Smells better than it tastes. Light to medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter finish. Good brew, overall.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2004 Great aroma. Earthy, nutty some chocolate maybe. Very dark reddish brown. Starts great something seems a little flat in the finish.