ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks Toby! - Pours out ruddy orange with a large white head...aroma is, oh boy, absurd...what am I supposed to think? It smells exactly as described, tomato, horseradish, dry malt, and black pepper...I was taken aback and was like, fuck no, I ain’t gonna drink it..no sir...but I did, and it was pretty darn magnetic, socially acceptible Chelada...I feel slightly whorish enjoying this and disliking that, but the flavour was a galaxy of improvement over the competition, with the virbrant vegetable taste arrived at naturally (I could only assume after drinking it) and tempered with a dirty, soily horseradish earthiness that wound this into a nice little package...so yeah, I liked it, not at first, but it definitely grows on you, and the label rocks...
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of the Shorts tasting night group.
bottle # 520
Pours a tick orange/reddish haze/puree with white head.
Aroma was quite unique with strong hints of tomatoes, sweetness of dill and some spices with the horseradish and peppercorn.
Flavor, spicy tomato with hints of dill and horseradish adding a definite twist. Every sip offers a uniqueness with a more mix drink mouthfeel than beer. Everything meshes together rather well, not overly spicy and the tomatoes are really upfront, followed by the horseradish, hints of vegetable.
Would love to drink more of this one.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #666. Bottle purchased at the brewery. Way UNDERRATED, particularly since this beer builds in flavor as you allow it to open up. If you’re only sipping an ounce, I don’t think you’re doing this one justice. Smells just like a Bloody Mary - aggressive with spicy peppercorns, tomato juice, and celery. Tastes much like it smells along with the addition of hops. Balanced and interesting - what’s not to love?
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Wow, the celery stalk in my beer is just too much. Good concept, obviously, to take a classic like this, but I didn’t like the essential elements. Yellow fizzy, gimmicky. Bottle shared at RBSG 2009 grand tasting.
ajm (1063) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of nbutler11. Nose takes a bit to open up and seep into your olfactory, but eventually is very spicy pepper with the extra edge of horseradish and thankfully no dill. Belgian hops and tart malt. Flavor is much the same with a roasty quality like crisped potatoes that the spice sits perfectly on - and this is well-spiced. Thankfully, both tomatoes and dill were absent from my tasting experience. We all agreed this would pair with almost any food (and deep chocolate desserts) and my feeling is that the beer is actually rather hollow without some food to resound with.
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled during Dark Lord Day 09 at table #3 and shared by Yaniv. Pours a hazy reddish amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of vegetable, golden grain malt, some celery and black pepper. Taste is medium bodied, with flavors of vegetable, golden grain malt, a hint of grassy hops and some pepper. Finish is a tad spicy with some tomato, golden grain malt and some black pepper aftertaste. Not a pizza flavored beer but still a little strange.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 19, 2009
1.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This bottle was shared at the RBSG 2009.
No offense intended to the folks at Shorts, but this one of the worse tasting beers I have ever had. I tried twice to drink some and spit it out both times.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours an amber orange body with an off white head. Strange, pepper, honey, citrus and tomato paste, tangy spiciness and a light warming. I had trouble drinking it from the heat alone.
unclemattie (4033) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Reddish color. Aroma of celery, dill, and spicy rinse water from the pasta sauce pot. Why hasn’t Alan @ HotD made a tomato, celery seed, dill beer yet?? Spicy, spicy from the peppercorns. Light bodied. We need to make some food with this nice piece. Maybe use it for couscous or maybe in a meatloaf... could be tasty! 03 may 08.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy Beerlando. Hazy brown-orange in color, sparse off-white head. Celery and pepper on the nose right away, some tomato, and a slight saltiness is apparent. The saltiness is there at the first taste, tomato comes out in the middle along with some celery. A damn interesting brew. I wanted to like it more.