ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2008 1/12/08: Re-rate. Draught at Blue Nile, Minneapolis. Virtually identical rating as the one I did 3 years ago. Aroma was docked 1 point. Dusty and yeasty aroma. Huge! tan head. Had to wait to drink it. Dark, murky body. Decent lace. Very sweet and very good. Not too strong. Distinctive flavoring. Not too heavy. I prefer this slightly to the Bell’s Old Coast b-wine I had just before it. That’s saying something. A very nice brew. 1/23/05: A very rich, sweet and malty nose. Lots of visible particalia. No visible carbonation. A still brew. Nice rich, dark amber color. Highly carbonated. Ar 8, Ap 5, Fl 8, Pal 5, Ov 17
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s got that nice belgian-y fruit aroma with a hint of spices. I could see some plum or maybe dates in the taste, and other fruits, some spices as well. The palate was nice, soft but rich.
PorterPounder (5346) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, Habersham Beverage Warehouse, Savannah, Ga. Pours a chestnut brown with a frothy,
medium thick khaki colored pour. Aroma has sweet baked bread notes to it with a proncounced fruitiness
- dates most likely. Flavor has some baked brown bread notes with some brown sugar, dates and a little
bit of port in there. Decent, thick mouthfeel, and the 10%ABV is hidden rather well. An excellent winter
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intense multilayered aroma; yeasty, sweet, musty, spicy. Deep ruby color, thick lasting fluffy head, nice looking. Has a spicy yeast flavor…also sweet, very rich. Finish is unexpectedly dry. Medium bodied, slightly warming. Yum.
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours dark burgundy with thick off-white head floating on top. aroma is sweet fruit, malty, some alcohol. flavor is apples, a little sweet, spices, strong flavor. very good!
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice deep red, with a great, billowing head on top. Aroma is sweet and malty, with lots of spice. Apples, pears, clove, abd hop "pepperiness" are all present. Flavor is strong and dry, a very woody character finds its way into the mix, ABV balances nicely with flavor, no harshness. Very complex, yet mellow. Seth likes!
bluevegie (3049) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola coloured body with some tawny tinges. Light tan, large and mainly lasting head that left great lacing. Cinnamon and dull spice on the nose. Smooth taste that grew in richness as the beer warmed, alcohol was well hidden until I tried to drive home, roasted/burnt characters as well caramel and malt. Lively carbonation and a fairly long finish.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruit and hints of soury dark fermented fruit and malty sweet on the nose... Malty sweet and dark fruit in the mouth... this beer poured a cloudy brown w/ gold highlights, no head and no lacing. Creamy and smooth, light bodied.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to eyedrinkale for this ridiculously old 1996 version at the welcome visitors gathering at obriens. The pour was dark brown murky red color with relatively no head and no lacing to speak of. The aroma was completety and utterly funky...barnyard, leather, lemon, tartness and sourness.. complete funkiness! Then what in the holy hell happened when I tasted it...naturally not ONE single thing I found in the aroma was present in the flavor...in fact this could be one of the worst 180’s ive ever seen between the nose and the flavor. This tasted JUST like iced tea...wtf??? Sweet maltiness, some peach and yeast with a ginger shot...but just like iced tea...i swear it was the strangest thing ever! Slightly sour finish..medium bodied.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to whomever brought this to the O’Briens gathering last nite.
Cloudy brown, sweet, a bit on the yeasty side.