hotstuff (4424) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small ivory head that was mostly lasting, fine-large sized bubbles, fair lacing, carbonated, transparent, and an orange hue. Aroma was malty, sweet, hoppy, some caramel, and fruity. Flavor was sweet, hoppy, malty, and slightly bitter. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Easy drinking brew.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear red/amber with a crackling tan head. Nose is sweet with apples, banana, and metallic notes. Watery, quite bitter, with touches of hazel, apples, banana, metallic tinges.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orangish copper with a small head.Flavors of hops and a little bit of fruits and nuts.it was a smooth easy drinking beer.It was not warming like how i like my winter ales.Finish was a bit clingy.Overall this was fair.
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Has a hefe/tripple sort of nose with banana and cloves in the background, but a sulfery ester comes out up front. The sulfer seems to mellow over time, but it is still unpleasant. Its a solid copper color and there’s very little head. Very thin bodied. Pronounced alcohol flavor with some sweetness, caramel, light citrus. Very unbalanced flavors. I could not finish this one.
JMerritt (1899) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, purchased at Binny’s in Chicago. Copper in color. Very large white head formed of loosely packed bubbles is mostly (99%) diminishing. Fruity aroma of bananas (glad I wasn’t the only one to detect this), apricots, and balsa wood. More banana yeastiness in the flavor, with some caramel malts and ginger. Thin body, though it has a good carbonation level. Finish has detectible alcohol and some nuttiness. I feel dirty drinking and rating these Christmas beers after Christmas Day, but I fear that most of them won’t last an entire year until the next holiday season.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bad beer. Soap flavor. Very artificial. Very alcoholc finish in spite of the low alcohol percentage.
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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 (6192) - 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