humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown to black with light shallows. Head is minimal. Frangrance of boysenberry syrup with a blueberry chaser. Flavor is sweet coriander (not too sweet). A nice rich vegetable quality with sublime palate. The alcohol is very warming, but barely detectable. The carbonation is right on. Highly recommended. Zesty and a little rough on the palate with time. A little bottle is plenty.
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice golden breown opaque body, not much of a head. nose is saturated with esters and phenols, coriander and dried banannas. burboney, oaky, rich ripe fruits, plums, prunes, a hint of chocolate and tobacco, roastiness builds as the beer goes. like an oak aged Barleywine.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smokeless Joes. I was quite scared to try this brew, but warmed up to it almost instantaneously. Ruby in colour with tastes of sweet molasses, malt, coriander, banana, grass, and a touch of fruit. This is a spice drink and a good one at that.
MrDick (363) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting ale - a scotch flavored ale that resembles a barleywine. Molasses flavor with hints of butterscotch and banana. Fruit flavors more apparent as ale warmed. Would definitely like to try again.
marcus (8901) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This ruby-colored ale pours with a short tan head and elicits a fruity (cherry?) aroma. The initial smooth, malty flavor is followed by a somewhat spicy aftertaste, dominated by coriander. Overall, a very tasty and interesting beverage. Bottle purchased at Whole Foods.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Smokeless Joe’s. Dark brown pour with red tints. Tanned brown head, small. Some spice in aroma, slight coriander and cinnamon. Mouthfeel was very silky - a perfect platform to explore the many flavours in the taste - coriander, and cinnamon, but not one dominating spice - instead, a beautiful blend of spices with a woody tint. As it warmed, I got a slightly fruity aspect to the beer as well. This struck me as being entirely original and a very good beer. One of those complex beers you don’t just enjoy for novelty’s sake - you’ll go back to this one.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - SEP 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Dark ruby, low carbonation, little head. Complex malt/treacle/chocolate/port/wood/toffee/licorice on nose. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel and deliciously spicy and complex flavour.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2004 Pours a deep red/brown color with an light brown white head. Head diminishes quickly and leaves a sticky lace. A good amount of carbonation is present as well. Aroma of spices (coriander),caramel, hops and malt. Flavor is malty with a peppery and spicy finish. Spicey finish mellows as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with relatively low effervescence.
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into ale glass, Guthrie’s (Chicago). It’s aight. Personally, I thought it was a bit flat and oily. Taste was not the issue, just the texture. Deep plum flavors, sugar cane, of course coriander over everything. Dark diluted mud color, no head, no carbonation to speak of. Smell was faint, but I picked up some of the dark fruit smells. In my opinion, not as good as its rating suggests.
skortila (5161) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a brew! Great! Aroma is very strong and complex. Herbs, spices, malt (coffee, roasted), syrup and fruits (apple and peach). Fantastic. Well, just a little minus. Balance is not optimal but good. heheh. dark-brown coloured with a thin lasting brown head. Taste is very decent. Sweet roasted Coffee malt with spices and some fresh fruity notes who make it very pleasant to drink. Dry finish. I’ll get some more of this one, that’s for sure.