hotstuff (3579) - 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 (4857) - 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 (3111) - 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 (5609) - 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 (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - 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.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 2005 Batch: Lots of roasty notes with a balance of up front hops and mild nutty malts. Very different from last years.
<P>2003 Batch: Excellent flavor balance with a nutty caramel deliciousnes followed by an over the top hoppyness. I love it!
<P>(Nov. 22, 02 Batch - 1.065 OG)
Smells of a winter ale. Opaque ruby color with nice layer of head. Sweet winter beer, one of the betters I’ve had. Full of hops. Palate is smooth, very refreshing, not too dry. Overall one of the best seasonals I’ve had.