hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma offers a lot of tomato and a nice touch of cracked black pepper. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. Bittersweet flavor. Boozy, warming finish.
daknole (10848) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish brown color. Aroma is exactly what you would expect. I love bloody marys, but I didn’t like this. V8 and beer aroma. Bloody mary and beer flavor. Lots of celery seed and horseradish. JW77, why did you make me drink this?! LOL!!
BuckeyeBoy (5834) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours out a cloudy orange topped with a white head. Aroma was of spice and tomato. As soon as I put my nose to this all I could think of was a spicy V8. Taste was not far from the V8 or a TJ’s Bloody Mary mix. it was pretty crazy to have all the spice and still taste some what good. Thanks Toby
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 (9089) - 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) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - 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 (4056) - 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 (1072) - 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 (5543) - 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 (3004) - 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.