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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.02/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Brewer: Was brewing Fat Tire overnight and, we suspect, lightning hit the building and knocked the computers out. Consequently, malt kept getting added to the brewing process. Not wanting to "waste" all that malt, we went ahead and completed the process. Its a strong, malty beer at approximately 8.5% alcohol.

Was never bottled and is only available at the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2005
An unclear orange beer with a small white head. The aroam is very sweet and spicy, while the flavor is sweet and very spicy combined with lesser notes of yeast and alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Tap @ Toronado. Golden color with a diminished white head. I picked up vanilla and toffee flavors. Neither a powerful aroma nor flavor but a good drinkiní beer. Clean and smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2005 GABF 2004. Great marketing story, but not a great product. I couldnít get over the skunk in the aroma and the flavor. It masked all the wonderful malt that was accidentally added. Nice body, and there was a nice hoppy finish, but overall unenjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Tasted at the StrongAlefest. Dark, very matly in the aroma. Somewhat festive in the flavor. A little citrus, spicy, sweet and a little dark fruit quality. Finish is clean and fairly smooth. An interesting beer Iím glad they brought it down, at least for something diffferent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Draft at brewery (GABF time): Dark golden with some haze; thinnish head. Kind of thickish and heavy on the tongue. Malts definitely take the stage ... grainy, husky and bready. Notes of musty yeast and a milk-like sweetness. Decent amount of hop bitterness, but not quite enough, IMO. No high / fusels to complain about. Definitely warming. An interesting "accident," but it lacks charisma or depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2004
This comes out the color of yellow pine, a few years worn. Light. Little head, no lace. Smells of barleycorn, and light barley malt. It strikes me as a little musty, like a new camembert. Barley chew, yeah. A hop flower then the alcohol cuts over everything. Whoa, itís sweet. Itís like beer hard candy. Umm. Thereís some decent hop dryness to this that comes about after a few sips. That chewy barley strikes some nuttiness, pine nuts, raw virginia peanuts. The alcohol provides quite a bite. My wife loved this. I liked it. I could sip this for a good long while with friends.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (7317) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Draught. Head is fully diminishing. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), trace hops (flowers), moderately yeasty (dough, sweat), with a fairly strong note of wort. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Good grief, what a joke...smells mostly of unfermented malt and stinky yeast, and those elements come in strong in the aftertaste. Itís frightening how bad NB beers have been getting lately, including ones that I used to think were pretty good. This is undrinkably bad, and embarrassing, quite frankly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (9136) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Sampled @ Falling Rock, GABF weekend. Murky orange and brown color... smells a little like liquid malt extract syrup... lots of wheat and barley aromas, grainy nose almost. Flavor is really just LME, grains, cereals, etc.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Draft. Golden-amber color with a little white head. Malty aroma. Flavor is very fruity, malty, and even more fruity. Finish is dryer than Iíd have imagined.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6100) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Notes are hazy, from Dr. Billís post GABF party at Falling Rock 10/2/04... Poured a deep golden color with a medium sized off white head. If I could understand my notes, iíd be better off. I can understand "a very average saison". Seems to be about what everyone else has said about this beer.

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