aracauna (3174) - Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a hazy light copper with an ok head that fades quickly. There’s a nice little burst of hops in the aroma. There’s a slight bit of butter and a good caramel sweetness, but not too sweet. It’s got a slick mouthfeel and is pretty sticky. Tasty.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark copper body, no head, but only because they filled the snifter to the rim! Herbal - rosemary?, citrus grapefruit, floral. Smells great. Every whiff of aroma and every taste seemed to bring on new qualities to this - I haven’t had a beer with this kind of complexity in awhile. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, smooth, a nice little hop bite at the edges that add to the oaky ending. (Winner of the day on the "Drew’s Magical Mystery Tour" - 5/29/2004)
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap: Hazy copper hue with oily film on top. The aroma has notes of pepper, juniper berries, sage, pineaplle, grapefruit, blueberry, vanilla, earthy and sherry qualities, some phenols. The taste starts with a wild floral and piney character. A fruity undertones follows with a sublime malt background. Vanilla, wood, and spices upon the finish. The mouthfeel is sticky, oily and lush. Provides a twangy and snappy feel upon the finish and is warming upon the chest. Wow, what a wonderful brew, full of complexity and depth, a winner! (Note: As most small brewpubs, it is served too cold, let warm to near room temp)
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 Draft: Light copper w/ no head but laces well. Malty w/ some citrusy hops and hints of diacetyl. There is a little caramel malt, but is sort of overshadowed by the diacetyl which gets stronger as it warms, also hints of dried apricot fruitiness. This is malty and well balanced, but doesn’t start that way. Starts with a slightly cloying caramel sweetness, but it grows on you as it warms. Diacetyl is in the flavor as well, citrusy fruit, finishes malty and moderately hop flavored. Very full bodied, smooth, low carbonation and again well hidden alcohol. Starts a little cloying at first and could be a little more well balanced, but still a very solid beer. Not as good as the double IPA, but it could grow on you.
’04 Rated in 2007: Most of the flavors/aromas are still there in moderation, however, the alcohol seems to be intensified w/ it’s age. It did pick up some nice sherry and brown sugary notes in the aroma, however, the alcohol seems to dominate all aspects of the beer.