Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well ’Good Olde Malheur 10’, I have a two plus year old just plain ’Malheur’ aging away (We will see how I rank them later this month). Cloudy lemon yellow color, the head is quite frothy, XXXL in size, slightly off white, the lace in large sheets. Nose is citrus, malt, slightly ’perfumy’, somewhat sweet. Front ’If I can ever get past this head’ is sweet, the top is light, the finish is ’Vinous’, slightly sour, quite dry, acidic, a fair hop presence, and a decent drinking beer. Ranks a respectable #395 on my current 1000 beer master list.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque light orange colour; thick, creamy head considering how much alcohol this has; aroma shows orange, melon, alcohol, spice (thyme, mint, anise); firm body; yeasty, malty palate, dry from alcohol, more fruit (apricot, pear). I love the yeast-fruit interplay.
dins (266) - Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice citrus/spicy aroma, huge lacy head, Nice dry and spicy finish. Excellent hopping.
OlJuntan64 (1266) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber under a large rocky island off white head generating some nice lace. Final sediment splodge forms an amazing swirling dark inverse mushroom cloud as it slowly descends through the beer as a 5mm thick layer. (this shows you really need to hold beers up at eye level to check them out). Celery, that ’tangy thang’ that smells like powderd chicken noodle soup, faint fresh fruit, sharp hops, alcohol and pig farm manure yeast. Medium strong body. Flavours are a liquid rendition of the aroma with added strong bitter leaving the palate somewhat unbalanced. A bit (not a lot) more sweet would have helped considerably. The only flavours really competing with the high ABV are the yeast and bitter. I dunno I didn’t get any fruit in the flavour that other raters seem to get. I was expecting a bit more from this one and overall I have to say I was somewhat disappointed.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 Small bottle:Aroma totally different.Straight hops. Flavors are similar but hops more present which balances the beer more. BB:26 05 02:750ml Third tasting of this batch.AMAZING! Appearance golden,and hazy with a big bubbled head that turns into a cream pillow.Flavors above the norm even for Belgians. Huge flavors displaying sugar,honey,caramel,apples.The grassy,dry finish evolves to a mango-fruitiness with slight spicy alcohol of a finish.Where are the ratings?This has been around for two years in the US!!
TAR (2376) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 2, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Hazy orange due to the massive hop usage. Extremely creamy head. Aroma of perfumey hops, rust, honey, alcohol, and caramelized sugar. This is absolutely bursting with complex flavors: particularly sweet honeyed malts. Do not forget about the full flavored hops that lend am unsurpased dry aspect. Overall one of the most underrated beers on the site.
Earlier Rating: 1/15/2002 Total Score: 4.6
750 ml. corked: This beer is unbelievable, especially for you alpha acid seeking monsters. Huge hop aroma, dry and bitter, creamy mouthfeel with the longest lasting head a beer can have. Has good shelf life, but tasted best fresh. This is one over the top, tail-kickin ale.
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quiet a heavy beer for a blond beer. Bitter, something citrus, a little sweet.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 11, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pale orange colour, big creamy head and beautiful lace, deep complex aroma (orange, honey, spices, bread), smooth and very sweet, some bitterness, (too) strong alcohol presence, very long spicy, alcohol and raisins aftertaste - quite out of balance but should age well
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is really good beer. It has nice thick head and sort of a subtle hoppiness to it.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Citrus and spicy aroma. Amber/golden colour, lots of foam. Very full. Hop, malty sweet, citrus and spices. In the finish it burns in your throat and becomes a bit more hoppy.