beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the brewpub - Bright red glow at the bottom with a more maroon darkened top half. Soft white, semi-creamy head of thin to medium thickness adorns the top. Light lacing qualities.
Aroma is moslty floral berries and rounded tame downed malt tangyness and semi sweet with a dull fruity nuance.
Taste is big on malts, tangyish with a berryfied surge of fruityness mixed with dark caramel sweetness. Strawberry without the sour tartness mixed with a melons and other red berries. Good malt load here. So smooth and soothingly balanced on the flavors. Nice little underlay of light frothy chocolate milk. Finish is semi sweet with a return of brandy-like cherryness and deep dark fruity humid warmth.
Fantastic soothing feel with well rounded maltyness and deep dullish fruits. Seemingly full yet quick and rich with a quick malty slickness thats never overbearing or cloying. Slightly oily and floral hints slip in as it lingers. The 8.4% isn’t evident anywhere til after a couple 10oz servings.
A fantastic malt laden brew. A Scotch Ale without the peat or smokey stuff. Quite a malty treat.
badgerben (4540) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper color with a medium head. Very nutty aroma, perhaps hazelnut and walnut. Some malty goodness too. The taste is very much as one would expect out of a Red: very rich malt, almost cold syrup thick, with an alcoholic whomp. There’s a good splash of dark fruit, too (cherry? chokecherry?). Slightly bitter finish. Good n’ tasty.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The name reminds me of a Sly & the Family Stone song, of the same name..."you don’t have to die, before you live." How wise, Mr. Stewart...
Only served in 10 ounce pours at the pub, somehow I have a whole 64 ounces at my disposal...goodness gracious!
Dark crimson color, and clear, with a decent, long-lasting cap of off-whitish foam.
Aroma is lush malt, tidy hops, fuzzy, warm, and strength peeks through and invigorates the overall feel. Ahhh!!!
Taste: yes, let’s! Huge fruit, fat malt, minimal hops, fierce alcohol...very warm...but it gets bigger and more complex as we sip it. We like it more...is it casting a spell on us, making us want it more? What is this beer doing?
Cherries and berries are at large, grapes and melons...and booze, too.
This is a lush and tasty thing...rather wise that they limit it to such a small serving at the establishment...who knows what chaos would ensue were we to toss back a pint of this in one sitting?
This is a tasty, tasty ale, with enough of a potent sting to slay the demons of the day and let one relax in forgetting those torments. It’s good like that. And so is Life, when we have a beer like this at our disposal!
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is very tasty! Mahogany with shiny pearl bubbles. Big, sweet dark malt that tastes almost like rye. Hops have a drying effect and also add a cinnamon to this red beer. The sweet then dry is wonderful and makes this beer almost a gulper. A big beautiful beer. JK: I would categorize this as American Strong.
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 This is a big, complex beer. It has qualities of an ipa, with considerable bitterness. There is also a fruit sweetness. The light aroma is malt and some fruit as well. Very heavy; definitely a sipper. One of TH’s better creations in some time.