muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft glass at The Map Room in Chicago. Very clear bronze with a bit of head...deep malty/woody nose with perhaps a hint of banana...hugely malty, caramel-sweet with a touch of mint...light fruit-juicy mouthfeel, intense flavors, hints of vanilla and pineapple late; rather like a doppelbock with less heft. Looks like I’m the odd one out here, but it also seems that the better ratings are from draft samples. More for me!
larsniclas (5586) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 20, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh and frutiy flavour with some late bitterness.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper and mostly clear, very short head, some lacing. Malts are sweet caramel and fruity - I tasted maybe cherries or apricots. Fuggle hops control a good amount of the flavor - rounded and slightly woody. Body is on the thin side, slightly watery.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Dark amber color, small head; relatively long lasting lace. Some caramel aroma. Very simple
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color, mild floral hop nose, head had a few large bubbles in it. Starts out smooth then turns to an earthy spiced hop flavor. Lingering spice finish.
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the bottle, this pours an orange/amber color with a thin white head that soon halos the glass. The aroma is caramel and light floral hopping. Smooth in the mouth, this has a decent balance between caramel and fruity flavors with hop bitterness. Not bad, but nothing exciting. They should look for the 1794 recipe.
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper colour, poor head. Caramel and tobacco aroma. Fruity in flavour, roasty sugary and poorly hopped. Unpleasant alco finish. Medium bodied.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2004
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I thought this would be Bad Elf’s big brother but it was nothing like it. Pours a dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet smelling and slightly caramel. The flavor was an utmost disappointment. This tasted like a homebrew failure of an Abbey Double, some caramel and dark fruit sweetness but mostly crap. Blahh. Definite drainpour.
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Crystal clear amber body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, cherry cough syrup, caramel, some earthy. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, earthy/herbal, some chocolate. Watery light-medium body.
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 hmmm. pretty nice. sweet, full mouthfeel, subdued aroma hopping, nice flavor hops, bitterness is held in check by the sweetness of the malts. tasty even to my non-hop drinking polish amigo. too expensive, really, but I’m good for one bottle.