nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Alcohol...thatís what this beer screams at you. The taste is very complex yet not balanced very well. This beer is brand new and could probably use some shelf time.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
TAP- orange in color; pours with decent head that is instantly obliterated by the alcohol; Nose of alcohol and rye- might be able to catch a buzz form the nose alone! Huge hit of rye in the jowls and the throat burns nicely with alcohol. There is no attempt to mask the alochol in this one. Unbalanced as hell, yet strangely alluring. First sip might turn you off, but I know youíll go back for a second and third and fourth, etc. Iíve got bottles of this that I am gonna sit on, and rerate at 6 month intervals, because this could definitely benefit form some aging.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 24, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The only two times Iíve puked in the past year were due to barleywine, so you should float my rating of this up a point if you like the style. Floral smell, fruitiness. Reddish, cloudy. Alcohol prominent in the taste, somewhat wine-like. Seemed smooth at first but it had an aftertaste that I did not like at all.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís about time a brewer in Texas got sack enough to do something like this. After several weeks of waiting for approval, this stuff finally made it on tap in central Texas. It was a pretty hazy red...fruity nose. Not very good in the beginning, but it got much better as it warmed. Very complex taste...unidentifiable fruits, alcohol very dominant....weird aftertaste that took some getting used to. A pint of this was 7 bucks at the gingerman! kinda steep, but a pint of this will damn near put you away....keep an eye on this brewery.