Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours with a cloudy orange body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet, malty and full of candy sugar with a slight hop note. The flavor is sweet yet bitter, grassy from the hops and slightly sugary. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.
flemdawg (522) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottle. Hoppy aroma along with spices to make things interesting. Hazy amber in color with a light brown head that diminshed quickly. Lots of piney hops in the taste. Also got some citrus flavors and some wood too. Good, but not what I expected from the style.
jsquire (3313) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium amber color with a thin, off-white head. Strong malt with some citrus flavors. Lots of pine hops in the finish. Well balanced. Thanks to BBB63 for sharing.
hotstuff (3737) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to BBB63 for sharing this beer at thedm’s and hotstuff’s Fort Wayne beer tasting. Poured a very small head that contained fine-large sized bubbles that fully diminished. The body was uncarbonated, cloudy and an orange-brown hue. The aroma was malty, sweet, and hops. The taste was somewhat bitter, cloves, hops and malt with a bit of an aftertaste. The mouthfeel was hoppy and somewhat dry. The lacing was sparse.
thedm (4869) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After the Fort Wayne Ale Fest 2004, BigBadBear, Flemdawg, JSquire, Hotstuff, and Silphium came over to my place for a tasting. This was our fifth brew of the evening provided by Mike (BBB63). This brew poured a small head of medium sized off-white colored bubbles that left behind a poor lacing. The body was a uncarbonated transparent dark ruby red brown color. The aroma was malty and jelly like. The mouth feel was vinous biting and hoppy. Wow! it is very vinous indeed for a 7% ABV. It had a strong malt hop flavor with spicy peppery notes to it.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 edition. Mike (BBB63) brought this Idaho beverage to Fort Wayne for a tasting. Has more of an American Strong Ale aspect with abundant piney, spicy hops in the aroma and flavor. The hops are balanced in the flavor by a sweet, caramely and lightly fruity malt backbone. Finishes bitter with citrus and pine. Developed woody characteristics as it warmed. The body was orange-brown, relatively clear, with a minimal off-white head. I enjoyed this English Strong Ale/American Strong Ale/Barleywine if only its ABV was higher elixir!
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light orangy amber hue with good fizzy off-white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of a lot of hops: floral, perfumy, grassy, piney, and grapefruit all appear. Maybe this should be an AMERICAN Strong Ale? Additional notes of straw and caramel malts, leathery yeast esters, and butternut. The taste display a piney and tradional bitterness with lingering sweet malt and leathery yeast background, more balanced than I was expecting after the aroma notes, but still too piney for an English Strong. A nice dose of light spice (clove and cinnamom) and citrus upon the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, metallic, chalky and fizzy. A letdown here but the alcohol is hidden well, so a base average score of 3 is in order for the palate. With the already noted comments above, I still found this to be a nicely quaffable beer. Opened at the last minute Ft. Wayne get together, thanks for the bottle Jordan (Bück Dich).
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown/orange in color. Nice spicy aroma. Hardly any head, but that is most likely due to the pour. This started off fine and then turned bad pretty quick. Got a nasty tangy feeling in the back of my throat and thought it would close up due to phlegm build-up.
3fourths (7772) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange. Aroma of cinnamon and alcohol. Very spicy and sharp, "all purpose spices". Very
hoppy and with a dry finish.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with lighter edges, big off white head that lingers, and quite a bit of lacing. Big hop nose, with some malts hiding in there. Hops are a bit more floral than citrusy. A very nice balance of hops and malt in the flavor, finishing bittersweet with a little bite of alcohol. Full bodied with a smooth and creamy palate.