Ishi (10) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2001
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aubrey (3414) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Intensely rich... Has a huge hop bitterness that’s softened nicely by the caramel sweetness... a nice balancing act. Quite the cornucopia of flavors in the mouth. Full of body. Interesting, curious, and enjoyable.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Incredible! A soft amber color and a modest residual head. The nose is very, very sweet. This ale produces weird raspberry fragrances. The fruit notes continue in the flavor where they mix with caramel malt flavors and a sharp bitterness. The palate leaves behind a nice hop bitter. All and all superb!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful sweet malt nose, beige head, nice lace, deep amber color and a medium body and moderate carbonation. A very malt sweet start, sugary almost, full top and a real pleasant hop finish that is quite surprising. rye is evident, but not overly so, a real interesting brew from an unknown brewery to me, thanks a million trap.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2001
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2004 Just as good, but a little sweeter than Goose Island’s Anniv. Ale. I believe it is also dry-hopped and you can really feel the rye in the body. It leaves a syrupy layer that coats the mouth. Although the carbonation is too fuzzy. The aftertaste is long and the nice hop burp makes it even longer.