Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells sweet, vinous, roasty, bitter, carbonated, dark, good head. Touch of Cascades. Taste: quite bitter, almost a dry stout, but the taste is hops, not barley. Tastes like grapefruits and dark oily malt. Reminds me vaguely of Alpha Klaus. Not my style.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brewtopia 2004: Blackish brown with a tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, powerful bitter sweet ending. I’d like to try this one again.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap for limited tasting at Alternative Brews in Buffalo. Pours out very dark, brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee, a little chocolate, and liquorice. Flavor starts out pretty sweet with chocolate and liquorice and follows up with some serious roasty/burnt malt flavors. Fat and chewy, alcohol is noticible though. Overall a winner, looking forward to the next two stouts in the series.
OldGrowth (2662) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Brewtopia, Good nose, usual chocolate coffee thing. Brownish black color. Burnt/chocolate/coffee flavors. Thinner than I expected, though still oily creamy. Very tasty. Nice brew from New York
hopscotch (9151) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer rocks!... on tap at Brewtopia 2004... Very, very dark brew with a creamy, well-tanned head. The nose is of cocoa, smoke, espresso and hay. The burnt flavor is of dark cocoa and is very well-hopped for balance. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, burnt, bitter finish. World class beer!
Oakes (12447) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost black. Hugely roasty aroma, with a slight fruitiness. Intensely roasty palate. Very hoppy (some tropical fruit notes derive from this). Balanced, very intense. A little two-dimensional, for a style that exemplifies complexity, but I think they were going for a bigger version of the Storm King theme on this one. Like that beer, it’s nice, but not complex enough to be a show-stopper.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chocolate, caramel and espresso malt (H). Deep black body. Lightly sweet, moderately bitter flavor becomes a lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter finish. Tastes like a dry stout. Medium body, oily/dry texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: dry stout gone haywire…if you like them, try it…but I’m not a fan of the style.
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brewtopia’04. Black beer; dark, thick head. Nutty and fruity nose (banana, prune, citrus) and roasty. Big. Nicely dry and hoppy. Big ABV not very evident...I would have liked the booziness to work its way into the character more. Sort of forest like in the nutty, hoppy combo. Nice first experience with Southern Tier.
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
draught at brewtopia - in order to sample this beer I had to - 1. wait for the seemingly ignored southern tier folks to get ice in their coolers - and - 2. tolertate the somewhat inhospitable southern tier reps - but it was so worth it - this is amazing stuff - one of the darkest tan heads I’ve ever seen, with an aroma of roasted nuts and coffee - hoppy for an IS? - sure, but so is Storm King, and that beer rules - besides, the hops really help to accent the roasty, woody, nutty characteristics of the beer - very full bodied - chocolate lingers in the finish forever - too bad this is a one-off.
argo0 (11477) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(brewtopia04) Black body with lovely turgif pour that results in a large tan head. Lovely lacing too. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, cocoa, grapefruit, faint anise. Taste is creamy, coffee, grapefruit, some vinous. Finish is grapefruit and mild alcohol burn. Full body.