beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours a darker mohogany with a silky off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma has a great balance of maltiness with a good hop backing. Taste starts malty and sweet and as it progresses it develops a almost leather like aftertaste. Slightly smoked flavor and a good hop presence at the end to balance out the flavor. I was very impressed with this brews smoothness, thanks for sending this one out here to oregon Dan!
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost red color with aromas of spicy, malt and smoke. Taste is mostly molasses, malt and hop bitterness. Vey smooth taste and a bitter dry finish.
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Brewtopia í04
Clear, deep mahogany color. Good lacing. Malty with a slightly smoky aroma. Over this has a malty profile with a slightly bitter hop finish. Not a bad beer, but not up to an English Strong Ale IMO.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brewtopiaí04. Reddish-brown, clear; fluffy head. Earthy aromas, bready. Not much to body for a strong ale. Alcohol not very prominent. Tasty but too mild, I thought, and falling short of the mark.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(brewtopia04) Clear brown body with foamy tan head. Aroma is mild sweet, herbal, toasy, peaty. Taste is mild sweet, herbal/earthy, peaty. Light-medium body, somewhat watery.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet carmelized sugar and fruit in the aroma. Dark brown but very clear with light tan head that recedes to cover. Sherry-like and malty sweet with just a touch of bitterness to take the edge off. Medium-light body. Somewhat thin. Bottle (sampled at Mondial 2004).
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Art of Beer Festival 2004: Has a dark brown color with some lacing and a malted smell. Taste is somewhat smoked malt and finishes with a moderate bitterness. Overall an ok beer, but nothing too special.
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 (2140) - 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.