RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub. Aroma: citrus fruit, pineapple, floral/grassy, spiciness, yeasty funkiness, malt sweetness and bread. Complex with alot to pick out. Appearance:
Deep amber bordering on red and clear.
light tan head was small, but well formed. Some lacing. Flavor: Cloves and peppery spiciness, honey, brown sugar, apples and oranges. Alcohol is well hidden, but comes on in the finish. Palate: Full bodied and slightly sticky. Medium carbonation. Overall: Not bad, but with a name like Kong I was expecting more. Flavor just doesn’t punch like it should. Alcohol is well hidden and it’s pleasant to drink. Have one and then switch to Dreadnaught.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at brewpub - marked 16% ABV - amber/ruby colored pour with a small, creamy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. The body is lightly cloudy. Surprisingly, very little ethanol in the nose - mostly sweet hay, peaches and pineapple with a healthy dose of earthy, musty yeast below. The body is sweet, but rather thin for such a huge beer. Notes of brown sugar, honey, fruity apples and cinammon. It seems large amounts of purely fermentable sugars were used to achieve such a high ABV, leaving little flavor behind. A nice experiment, but not something I would want to drink much of. Not because of the high ABV, but because it is rather simple and uninteresting. A more complex malt bill would have been welcomed.
jcr (2544) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper, average off-white frothy head that diminishes. Malrty aroma that is sweet with sugar, dates, plum, toffee. Creeping out of the background are notes of orange. The flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic and moderately bitter. The taste of plum and overripe apple hints at the Belgian yeast, but only hints at it. The finish is heavy on alcohol, peppery and warming. Full body with a sticky texture. Very little carbonation. An interesting beer because of the multiplicity of flavors that come through despite the high alcohol content. But the essential flavors of a Belgian strong ale seem too muted.
TPaliga (212) - Munster, Indiana, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brew. Pours red/brown with almost no head. Aroma is malt and some light yeast. Flavor is sweet malt, ripe fruit, pineapple, and bitter hops. Palate is nice and think! Sticky. Nice sweet and bitter finish.
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sugar cane sweet nose with slight yeast. LIght sherry color with alcohol legs dripping viscously down glass. Rich flavor of dried apricots and light banana. Alcohol is guarded extremely well. A little syrupy, but nonetheless very enjoyable. Finish is long-lasting sweet and pleasant.
shrubber85 (10524) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Apricot and chocolate aroma. Dark amber color with small film of a head. Very sweet caramel and orange-apricot malt flavor primarily with hops finish that comes out more as it warms. Minimal alcohol flavor at all - extremely well balanced. An amazing dessert beer.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 3 Floyds, served in a snifter. Pours a striking fiery amber with an off-white head - just beautiful. The aroma is a blast of fresh flowers, orange and yeasty/fruity spiciness. Flavor has a massive mix of caramel/toffee, clove, spiciness, orange, flowers, banana, and light brown sugar; just huge. Very sweet but in a pleasant way with plenty of bittering hops to balance this out and then some (it IS 3 Floyds after all). Full, thick and lush on the palate with creamy, subtle carbonation. Great stuff.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 3F: Golden orange in color with a creamy halo of a head. There is very little aroma to this even as it warms up but what i am getting is sugar, a little pineapple and as it warms a little strawberry. First impression as i sip, this is heavy bodied. Syruppy, sweet, and thick. The flavor is some light fruits pears, apples, carmel, belgian sugars and the flavor gives almost no indication of 15% ABV. A very enjoyable Belgian Strong.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Poured a murky toffee/amber with a tall, well-retained cap of beige head. Nose was of heavily darker malts(plums, lightly-smoked caramel, Port wine), dried floral and spicy hoppage, mild oak, sweet candy, and some yeasty funkiness... alcohol was present, but never explicit in the aroma. The flavor picked up sticky toffee, light-medium skinned fruits (pears come to mind), rum-soaked toasted caramel, woodsy hops, and a spicy twist on the latter half. Sticky and heavy on the palate... enthralling and never cloying... alcohol was subtle until a few minutes after the drink. Very well-done and a fun experiment.
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great Taste of the Midwest
The Three Floyds tent was pretty busy throughout the day. This was their
first special pour (at 3:00 PM), roughly two hours into the festival. The
lines weren’t too bad so within five minutes I had my sample. I am suprised
to discover it is listed at 15% ABV because it felt more like 9 or possibly
10% when I sampled it. Maybe they just did a good job of balancing it.
Aroma / Appearance - A huge thick foamy cream head formed immediately
then withered until all that was left was the transparent body, which was
somewhere between copper and bronze in hue. Tons of nose came off the sample
but the key players were fresh hay, wheat, a general barnyardy aroma and
a sour funkiness or spiciness. I wasn’t able to tell which based off of my
small sample - perhaps it is more obvious with a full 16-oz pour.
Flavor / Palate - Tons of fruitiness revealed itself in the small
sample. Cherries, peaches, pears, cotton candy and honey accented what I
was able to taste before running out. I think with a bigger pour I would
have been able to pick up even more. The finish was tangy, leaving a trace
of bitterness on my mouth that lasted until I got some water a few minutes
later. An excellent interpretation of a Belgian strong ale with a sweet
aftertaste, I hope they offer this at Dark Lord Day 2007 so I can try it