ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Here is an in-your-face elixir, if ever I tasted one. Perfect this time of year in Oz, as its absolutely freezing. Poured from the bottle into its own glass. Garnet-brown, quite clear and syrupy looking, with a thin tan head that dissipated further to leave only islands of compressed bubbles. Left a lot of lace down the glass, even with its lack of retention. Deep, exotic and rich chocolate, wheat and dark fruit nose. Bananas, peppery spice, bready yeast and alcohol add to the complex aroma that continued to waft as I downed it. Tart and ripe dark fruits in the mouth, plums and cherries, with a sweet dessert style mix of treacly fruit syrup, vanilla and ripe bananas that smooths out in the back and becomes quite dry, before finishing with a strong sweet fruity and warming swallow (sherry-like). Medium-light in body, medium-light in carbonation and quite filling in the stomach, the flavours round the mouth with gusto and make for a superb sipping beer that had a masterful balance between fruity esters and spicy phenolics. Absolutely lovely and complex. A mouthful of good brew. (500mL, 01/09/05)
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured dark caramel with a thick white head.Sweet malt, yeast and peper aroma.
Flavor is malt,spice and yeast with a light malt and alcohol finish.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had some bread and spice aroma to it. Body was a caramel color with a decent tan head. Some floaters were found at the bottom of an empty glass. Had a complexing flavor. Spicey and peppery and doughy. This was a smooth easy drinking beer. A caramel aftertaste to it.
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep brown in color, clear with a few yeast floaters. Big frothy head, slowly fades to nice full lacing. Aromas of clove, cilantro, bread, peat and smoky malt. Flavor is wonderfully rich with a first hit of malt, some cloves, dark fruit, molasses, ginger, citrus and sourdough bread. Hints of caramel and toffee. Finishes with a bit of herbalness and some hoppy bitterness. Tangy and slightly sweet, very well-balanced, with mild astringency. Nice creamy texture, full mouthfeel. Excellent example.
Nejhleader (1444) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
my friend said this was the best beer in the world and i’m afraid i have to disagree. However it is very good great sweet bu yeasty smell. in a mug looks like a coke and has carbonation simliar to a soda, but it is well blended with the body. kinda lacked on the taste department. kinda wheaty taste, great texture.
blankboy (7171) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark ruby-brown with a huge foamy off-white head. Aroma of banana, apple, hay, straw, alcohol, caramel, cloves and chocolate. Flavour was like a wheat beer with sweet malts, fruit, cloves and more alcohol. Enjoyable.
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle. Dark ruby brown color with a large off-white foamy head. I haven’t used the word complex in my ratings before, but I think I will with this one. Plenty of different aromas going here, fruity (bananas, apples), caramel, spices. For a higher alcohol beer, the alcohol is hidden well with all the other flavors dominating. An excellent wheat beer.
The more I drink this brew, the more I realize it’s my favorite. So good.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Kclingers. Pours dark brown with a giant head. The aroma is sweet malts and fruit. Flavors are toasted malt, fruit, clove, yeast, and lots of spices. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian. Alcohol also well hidden. Great wheat!
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (500ml) - in tulip glass. Poured a deep, dark, murky, lively amber-brown - tons of creamy-frothy long-lasting off-white head; combined with the humidity-driven condensation, an entirely appetizing sight. Many aroma notes - sour wine & bread doughy yeast dominated at first, then sweet malt, spices (cloves & coriander), malt vinegar and peppercorns. Mouthfeel quite acidic, sweet and fizzy - but it worked. Flavour strongly of sweet malt, cloves and sourish wine, then steeped fruits - prune & raisin - noticeable alcohol, and a welcome dry hop finish at the end to keep it from being too sweet. Overall a challenging, quenching drink - lovely to look at, smell and taste, but loses a mark for a little too much acidity. The sourness is just right to off-set the sweetness. I’ll have this on hand all the time.
JK (5656) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A complex beer. There is significant fruit in the nose as well as alcohol while cold. When it warms the alcohol aroma is gone but the fruit remains, along with a sour, yeasty aroma. Brown, with some sediment. The combination of sweet fruit and sour yeast works very well. A great beer. Could be heavier on the palate.