ElGaucho (2114) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 GTM. Wonderful flavor. Handheld voice recorder issues preventing a more thorough analysis. Definite will seek out to try again.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from brewery (~1 month old): taupe, cake-like head that grows violently and has super retention…bronzed redwood, slightly cloudy. Caramelized hop cone aroma with some sweet strawberry flesh and green bitterness…strong hop flavour with only subtle hints of the large amount of alcohol. Surprisingly drinkable, almost dangerous. Very piney and sugary…bitter vanilla-oak finish, very solid.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy amber in color with a strong piney scent. Flavor is packed with pine and grapefruit hops and is insanely bitter. So bitter that any other flavors are hard to discern. Not as full-bodied as I thought it should be. The alcohol is not overpowering but is definitely present.
EddieG (168) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong Ale, Barley Wine, IIPA the line blur. This is most akin to SN Bigfoot and Ole’ Vrusty is a great sort of way. I like my big beers young, raw and in your face. This has it and then some. The aroma is sweet and raison-like. Beiustiful crimson hue lead to a thing lacey white head that maintains throughout the beer. Resinous and sweet, with a dried fruit backbone. Residual sweetness is perfectly balanced by the onslaught of hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. C hop spredominate. Right up my alley and if you dig big hoppy barley wimes, you get into this one.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy bright red with a thin white ring of bubbles. Piney, lightly sweet citrus, warm alcohol, light oak, a little bit of sweet caramel and a hint of vanilla. The body is pretty full with a nice mouthfeel. The flavor continues to show the strength of the insane hop character. Initially, things are pretty mellow on the hop front, allowing the sweet caramel and light grainy malt equal opportunity to play along. Bits of smooth, mellow wood also contribute at this point. Eventually, as one might expect from these hop-happy brewers, the emmensity of the hops take over. The finish is long, piney and very, very bitter. The alcohol contributes a warmth to let one know of its presence. While probably not my favorite Floyds offering, it was damn tasty either way. Well done.