Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky orange-red body (very murky!), big puffy cream head. Sweet citrusy, earthy, toasty aroma. The flavor caught me off-guard at first with strong pineapple juice notes. These coexist with earthy, floral hops notes, caramel, and pear. Yeah, pear. This is a weird beer, no doubt about it. Tastes like something that should end up in a thermos or an 8 ounce cardboard container with a picture of Slimer on the front of the box. Noteworthy. Thanks Dan (jah noth) for the bottle!
DocLock (9866) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Drafting Room, Exton. Amber/ruby pour with aroma of malt, toffee, dark fruit. Tastes as an amber should, with the caramel/toffee/fruit elements, plus a hop kicker at mid and end palate. Nice balance and notable complexity. A nice beer.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12 oz bottle: Whole Foods in La Jolla, CA) I last rated this beer in December of 1995, which was pretty early in my rating "career." My notes state, "The nose gives a clue as to what is to come: an extremely well hopped beer that quickly overwhelms the sweet, strong and alcoholic malt with bitterness." And then I gave the equivalent of a 4 in the flavor rating. Haha, how times have changed for me. I love this beer!!! What a total flavor bomb, especially considering it’s "just" a red ale. Strong malty flavor, lightly roasty, moderately sweet, caramely, and yes, quite bitter and hoppy. But this is an extremely well balanced beer. There’s a moderate presence of alcohol, and it actually tastes like it’s been aged in wood, so I have to wonder if this bottle sat on the Whole Foods shelf for awhile. Regardless, it’s a very tasty brew. And the nose is equally aromatic, very malty, sweet, hoppy, alcoholic. Medium to full bodied with a very substantial mouthfeel. Deep, ruddy amber color is bordering on brown. Fairly cloudy in appearance, partly from the abundance of small, dark particles suspended in the beer. Small light tan head barely rises above "sheen" status, but maintains a wide rim around the edge of the glass. No lacing, however. I might have to try another bottle to test the freshness issue, but if this is an old bottle, it sure ages wonderfully!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Barley’s Taphouse in Asheville, NC. Dark reddish brown in color. Great lacing. Outstanding sweet maltiness. Crisp palate with caramel goodness. Tastes like a scotch ale!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Library Alehouse, Santa Monica, 12-02-04.
Dark amber color, full, creamy head.
Arom is large, warm, herbal, malty...
Taste: lush mouthfeel, full on the palate, and very pleasing, earthy, meaty, plump...this is an exemplary amber ale, one that never lacks in flavor or in body, and after this one draft pint, i must say surely ranks among the best available in the U.S.
As I was in the company of others, my notes were brief and succint, so no over-effusive typical monkish rambling this time, but it was thoroughly enjoyed and will be long-remembered!
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very beautiful, amber color. Taste and aroma seemed to be off but when tried a second bottle later on it seemed to be the same.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 7, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
i dunno, must have been a pretty stale bottle. sweet, sars aroma, thin and pretty dull
3fourths (9107) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Billowing sandy head atop a dark red and brown body. Skunky, grassy malt aroma, quite starchy. Metallic and blood-like aroma as well... the taste is a little fishy with some maple malt and plum flavors... hoppy but without any sweetness. Graham crackers and wood are very pronounced.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice red color,small off white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was light malt with maybe some hints at fruit and hops.The flavor was malt and fruity with a decent hop presence and decent mild bitterness at the end.Nothing special but worth another try at some later time.
mikebeertaster (114) - washougal, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice very deep red almost brown color, nice tasting, really enjoyed this beer. Have really like both the beers I have tasted from this brewery. Look forward to trying more