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 (1867) - 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 (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 (5900) - 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 (5570) - 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 (3845) - 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.