gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy Beerlando. Pours a mango color, with a foamy white head, and tons of lacing. Aromas of citrus, apples, light caramel, and a distant hint of wheat. Big sweet flavors up front, with a nice texture of wheat, with gum ball. Flowery could describe it well. Sweet, syrupy body, and a nice bitter finish. Not bad.
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice thick head. Aroma is mostly apple and yeast. Tastes of apple, sweet hops, and sour fruit dominate the palate. Finishes with a sugary sour taste.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy brownish yet somewhat clear orange with 1.5 fingers of off white head. Aroma of yeast, cloves, malt, citrus and fruits. Taste is dry, with some fruit at the finish. The spices used in this beer are very with very apparent and help lend a slightly bitter taste to the finish. I was expecting the brett to have kicked in a little by now, but I probably cracked this one a little too early. Still a pretty tasty beverage.
Acknud (1036) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice beer. If you pour it in two batches then you get different beers. The first is clear amber with a frothy head. Taste is sharp with hints of spices and malt. The second pour stirred up the residual yeast. This clouded the beer and toned down the flavors while bringing out more of a yeasty note.
pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from my saints package ’07.....pours a cloudy orange brown more towards the brown side with a soft soapy thin white head..... aroma of spices (cinammon and clove), citrus notes and sweet malt...... flavors are pretty sweet upfront highlighted by the aforementioned spices, citrus, and sweet malt but turns somewhat medicinal in nature with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, provided by multiple people. I first had this beer at a rather large tasting, and in the midst of all those monster beers it didn’t really hold up. On its own though this is a very interesting beer, and certainly deserves the ratings its garnered.
Pours a surprisingly dark auburn without much head. The adjuncts are already apparent in the nose, much incense on top of the florals and rich, traditional malts. Flavor is lightly hoppy, very green, with more of that incense and sappy, herbal stuff going on. I don’t taste the gold, I’ll be honest. This will probably be very nice in a couple years. I’ll be holding on to my other two bottles. We shall see.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, glowing amber. Small, dense, creamy, off white head. Nice melding of lightly sweet, bready, toasted caramel-like malt and fruity, funky, airy yeast. Very dry finish. Medium to medium full body, softly balanced carbonation. Excellent.
SDalkoholic (2017) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased from Windy City Liquor. Upon uncorking this bottle, it immediately began to erupt and foam outside of the bottle which was kind of sad considering how I lost a couple ounces at least. It’s viewed as a murky and much hazed brown mud color and is topped by a thick layer of foam. The aroma of this beer is beyond me with its sweet hint of fruit such as pineapple and kiwi as well a delicate touch of west coast hops. The initial flavor is a dirty taste of hops and includes additional flavors that I can’t quite pin point. This may be partly because I don’t remember every tasting frankincense or myrrh in pure raw form or a produced form sold at the market. Overall surely is an interesting drink and will gladly pick up this years 2008 batch—that is if I can track it down again.
blutt59 (5915) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, orange color with apricot nose that is an excellent prelude to the first sip, nice carbonation with flowery, fruit taste that finishes with the very nice sourness, one of my favorites so far
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Electric orange pour, hazed all the way through with yeasts; a firm cream of white leaves a thick glue of lace. Aroma of young brett yeasts humming over the top with a pineapple and maraschino cherry acidity; beneath, hints of light toffee, candied almonds, mandarin oranges, alcohol, and band aid. Suggestive of brown spices; specifics are hard to identify apart from some creamy vanilla and cinnamon. Mildly funky and clouded with attic dust. Taste is ridden a bit strongly with alcohol throughout, which is too combative and distracting given the generally sprightly character of flavors in this style; golden fruits, cotton candy, bubblegum, and candied lavender hops are treated to a rough once over of dry citrus vodka in the mid palate, very grainy, sterile, and hot. Palate is soft and creamy, medium to full in body with reserved carbonation; finishes cleanly with a tart and sweet interplay of apple and orange. The intricacies here are boundless, but what’s most apparent is the deadweight of alcohol that suffocates them; the body is intensely warm and heavy and simply difficult. Absolutely interesting and deep in complexity, but a bit overdone; from the beginning, the obesity of the chewy, yeast muck is a little too much. Six to seven percent or so and bit lower gravity would have done nicely. Thanks Alex!