hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 bottle by way of dragonstout. pours a rich coppery color (hazy when the yeast gets added) with an off white head that vigorously foams up then fades to a film. initial aroma is distinctly like a corked bottle of wine along with apple pie spice/ REAL hard cider, button mushrooms (bloomy white mold), caramel and a light fruity tartness similar to cooked lemon skins. flavors of belgian yeast, cinnamon and the same profiles as the aroma. the white moldy flavor shows back up in the finish along with some alcohol warmth. light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation. it’s not terrible, just ’off’. there’s definitely something wrong with the bottle and it needs a re rate...5/3/5/3/8/2.4
bottle from sparky27...
rich hazy iced tea color with a small off white head and slight lacing. the aroma has some sour orange and apricot to it along with earthy carrots, caramel and spices. the flavor packs a lot of maltiness yet it is quite dry.... orange, flowers, caramel, sweet red apples and a touch of spice on the dry finish. so smooth and terribly well balanced.
it would appear as if the kinks have been worked out.
larsniclas (5891) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Thx marsiblursi.
Amber with a small, white head.
Pretty sweet and malty aroma.
Flavour from cedar and some light toffee.
theisti (3395) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle courtesy of PhillyBeer2112. Pour is clear orange golden with visible carbonation bubbles and a one inch cream white head. Aroma of apple sweet-sour, and some yeastiness. Taste is initially the apple sweetness, but gives way quickly to a more sticky, honey sweetness. The finish is a bit long and cloying. Alcohol heat is present throughout the entire flavor. This beer had some nice pieces, but the whole really didn’t come together too well. I do love that a new, smaller brewery is making a beer such as this - daring stuff. Thanks for sending this my way, Dan!
As others have mentioned, this was a very difficult cork to get open, I actually had my cork screw break off in the cork, had to pull it out with a wrench. No worries, it was an old cork screw.
Rusty (1538) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ML bottle courtesy of gunhaver.
Plan for 10 minutes to even get this one open. Getting the cork cage off proved to be very difficult, the wire broke. Getting the cork out was a task as well, had to use a wine bottle opener. I"ve heard that the new bottles have better corks.
Pours a hazy brown color with very little head that quickly disappears. Aroma of fruit, yeast, spices, and a little funkiness. Taste of fruit, malt, earthiness, a subtle sourness. Interesting brew, but not great.
bleeng (1562) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle. Cork broke. Pours bright gold with no head. Nose of a bit stale hops, spices, a bit of funkiness. Tastes of spices, old hops (??), a bit of malt background and a bit sweet. Not the freshest beer (got in a trade). 8% alcohol is well hidden and never really surfaces. Need to share this bottle instead of drinking it alone. Good try-I like my strong ales a bit dryer-this was a bit chewy and cloying though.
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared courtesy of weeare138. Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of fruitiness, yeast, some spices, and a littel eathy. Tastes of fruitiness, yeast, apples, pears, and earthy.
egajdzis (5500) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy brown color with a large, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, tropical fruits, light citrus, nuts, and light wood. Taste was equally fruity, pears, plums, apricot, light caramel, nuts, and a bit of alcohol in the finish.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light amber color with a white head. Aroma is malty, grainy, pear, and earthy hops. Flavor is malty, pear, and a earthy bitter finish.
gnoff (8140) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 First rating
Bottle - 75 cl, thanks Marsiblursi!
Sampled on February 16 - 2008.
Shady copper color, small whit ehead. Acidic, apple and tangerine scent, also cinnamon. Yeasty, acidic, wood, wine, stale, led pencil taste. Medium to thin mouthfeel, low bitterenss.
Sampled at Tap House in Oldsmar, on Feb 1, 2011
Hazy dark brown color, tan head. Sweet applesauce scent. Sweet, fruity, alcohol taste. Moussy yet fairly smooth mouthfeel. Low bitterness.
Draught at the brewery on January 23, 2014.
Cloudy brown color, big fluffy teal to yellow head. Sweet, tart, light acidic taste. Currants, a bit sweet aftertaste. Fizzy mouthfeel, low bitterness. Acidic, light spicy scent.
ekstedt (5732) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (75 cl), thanks to marsiblursi. Clear amber with a medium off-white head. Tropical fruits, especially tangerine and oranges, in the aroma. Spicy and sugary as well. Medium bodied and smooth. Too sweet.