Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2005 Huge thanks to BBB63 for bringing and sharing this. Pours a dark amber red color. Small off white head. Aroma is full of sweetness and creamy malt. Flavor is sweet and smooth, tons of fruit and sugary goodness. This is really something else!!!
1FastSTi (3270) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this from a growler brought to the Tosa tasting by BBB63. Thanks!!!! Cloves, banana, caramel, garaham cracker, nectarine. Appearance: mahogany, glowing, non-existant head, slow bubbling. Flavor: Sweet maltiness, light banana, very complex, cask wood, fruity. Palate: Sticky, thick body, weak carbonation. Overall: This is a MUST try.
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 30... Proof?! I could not tell at all... And even served in a plastic cup at the brewery, yeah, this was a delicious treat... / very cremey; toffee, caramel; sugary apples / Also, it kinda reminded me of a hot and spicy cider on a fall night. Yup.
ian2000gsxr (69) - USA - MAR 19, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
had this at the brewery... expensive! super sweet which hid the 15 percent very well.. dark color, thick mouthfeel, supersweetness which ended in light bitterness. warming in the chest. excellent but they wanted a mint for it because " we only made one vat" ... well make some more damn
BBB63 (5693) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at brewery: Deep reddish amber hue with an small tight off-white head and very good lacing. The aroma has sugary notes, plum, pear, grape, earthy yeast esters and toasted malt base. The taste starts sweet and quite fruity with a vinous undertone. Splash of spicy hops and bitter along the way finished by a dry and yeast laden nature. The alcohol is well hidden except for some warming effect on the chest, crisp and inviting. Top notch brew with lots of character and not so overpowering you want to run to the hills. Nice take on a Belgian style from one of America’s more hoppy breweries.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Chewy, very smooth velvety mouthfeel with tiny head. Deep mahogany color. Very non-assertive yeast character hidden by immense raisin like sweetness. 15% is not apparent on a small sample. Seems very young and should mature nicely.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 3F’s. Not being a big fan of most Belgian Strongs and Grand Cru’s, I was a bit skeptical of this when I grabbed it. Dark amber in color with a modest off white head. Aroma was very malty with dark fruit and some alcohol. The flavor is tremendous sweet with dark fruit and Belgian spices coming through. Thick and sticky. The alcohol is very well hidden with some bitterness in the back end and the overwhelming sweetness.
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Boulder Strong Ale Fest, Rating #3: Expectations build as the user sees this monstor glowing reddish amber in the glass with a nice off white head clinging to the sea of beer. Things get more ominous still as the aroma burst forth in notes of black liquorice. Then the monster burst forth in palpitations of hops, dark fruit, and yeast. Quite decadence fading to obscurity.
Aubrey (3411) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
05 Boulder Strong Ale Festival: Murky and deep amber. Thin, fluffy tan head. Curiously, it had some slowly rising bubbles, pointed out by Ernest. Thick and rich texture with a carbonation that prickles the tongue. Sticky-sweet malt base (roasted caramel and rich toffee). Hoppy injections of flower, spice, grass and perfume. Hints of dark fruit. Agreeable bitterness, and a little sourness. Nicely hidden alcohol punch. Similar to Avery’s Beast in more than one way. Tasty talent.
DrnkMcDermott (2737) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2007 Draft, at Floyds, March 5. Rating #500!!
Transcript of Nixon White House tapes: July 30, 1972: President Nixon and his legal advisor, Donald Rumsfeld, discuss "damage control" following the Watergate break-in:
<table style=width: 100%; text-align: left border=0 cellpadding=2
face=Courier>Now those jackals
from the papers are going to be all over us. I can’t count on Agnew to
deflect these guys anymore. The press loves him. They love to say,
’He’s a nice fellow, he’ll drink with us.’ And I know I’m considered to be very stiff with these [expletive deleted]. And I will continue to be. I never believed in getting too close to them.</font></span></td>
</t class=beer>Rumsfeld:</span></td class=beer> <font
President, I think Segretti and his boys have a good idea. We know, of
course, where all the Washington Post reporters hang out for drinks
after work. They think some friends in the brewing industry could come
up with a beer that would look like any other beer, but would be much
higher in alcohol, say around 15 per cent. Most people wouldn’t realize
the deception until they’d already had too much. Once that happens, it
should be a simple matter for us to [unclear] with their [unclear].</font>
face=Courier>By God, Rummy, we could do that. But it would be wrong. We may be involved in a crisis here, but I do have my standards, you know. That’s why you’ll never get
any further ahead than you are now. Any president who’d put you in his
Cabinet [unclear] [expletive deleted].</font></span></td>
&l ahead over 30 years. No one knows how much further "Operation Drunk as a Skunk" might have gone, but it seems Nic has found the recipe and made it into Alpha Kong! The pourer warned me that she’s seen a lot of drain pours with this, and suggested I should try only half a glass. I agreed, and was handed something deceptively light in color. It definitely had a big sweet smell, and of course no head could hope to stand up long in this brew. taste was thick and sticky, like fermented Karo syrup. Somewhere in this muddle is a Belgian blend of fruit flavors, but there’s also a big graininess. I couldn’t find the hops at first, but then once the coating had cleared from my tongue, there was a residual bitterness. Big ups for just finally wrestling this beast to a tap but you know what? Your friends who drink Bud won’t like this. Your sister won’t like this there’s a chance you won’t like this. But if you’ve near a place where this is pouring, you know you gotta try it to say you did!