nearbeer (4008) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. gusher. Reddish-brown and opaque with a small and lasting head. Nice frosting left behind. Aroma is cherry and earthy spice; later some faint spicy banana appears. Initial flavor is cherry cough drop bittered by wood and pepper. Subsequent sips settle into a mildly bitter-spiced cocoa and raisin liqueur, with some hints of banana, clove, ginger and anise. Medium body is smooth, dry and lightly tingly. This beer has potential, but seems to have too many spice flavors that end up clashing and form nothing more than a bitterish paper aftertaste.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2008 Pours slightly hazy and orange-amber in color. A foamy, off-white head settles to a thin blanket, scant traces of jagged line lace marking the glass. The aroma is very herbal, notes of coriander, dried flower petals, cinnamon, and ginger all showing through. There’s a lightly spicy pepper note in there as well, further livening what would otherwise be a rather boring candy sugar malt base. The flavor is a bit more muddled, the aforementioned elements sort of melting together into an undistinguished, weird herbal mush. If anything stands out, it is the spicy ginger, and there’s a slightly minty yeast note that emerges as well. The mouthfeel is on the thin side for such a big beer, but the carbonation is moderate and there’s hardly any alcohol detectable, which lends drinkabilty. This isn’t really my cup of tea, but it is interesting and certainly worth a try.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Opened up explosive with beer everywhere and poured hazy copper – orange – brown with thin than head. The aroma has coriander, flower pedals, alcohol heat, herbs, earthiness, dark fruitiness, truthiness, cinnamon and brown sugar. A lot seems to be going on, time to dive in. The taste is much the same with sugar sweetness that turns to brown sugar, fruity esters, some herbal earthiness and lots of assorted spices.
Floback (534) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from Knightly Spirits. Pours a caramel/amber color with 1.5 inches of tan head that reduces quickly. Spotty lacing. The nose is strong with grapefruit. Flavors are boozy with strong characteristics of bourbon, light fruits, subtle hops, spices, pepper, moldy shoes, and candi sugar. Bitter but well-rounded mouthfeel. There’s a helluva a lot of natural sediment floating around. By the end of the bottle, the brew resembles a clump of mud; looking almost solidified. Medium carbonation and body. Very interesting and complex.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium sized fizzy beige head that mostly diminished, splotchy amounts of lacing, a lot of floaties, cloudy, visible carbonation, and an orange golden hue. The aromas that I detected were sweet, spicy, lightly hoppy, pepper, paprika, sugary, ginger, and coriander. The flavor was sweet, spicy, pepper, sugary, and some ginger. Tingly mouthfeel and medium bodied. I did not like the flavor of this beer as it was complex and a total mess IMO. This beer did not leave me wanting it again. Next!!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2008
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a cloudy brownish color. This became a drain pour. It tasted oxidized but my guess is that it’s just a shitty beer. I should have known better - waste of money.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2008
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours out a murky brownish-red color that appears like discharge from a waste water facility. Aroma is of light spice, oxidation and aforementioned waste water discharge. This beer survived only a few sips before my brother gave me the okay that I could dump this crud. Yuck!! Not sure if I got a bad bottle or not, but this was a complete drain pour.
Furseth (2007) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Bir & Fud Rom/Italy: Hazy red colour, with a flat head. Aroma of fruits, citrus a bit viny too, and a sweet alcy ending. Flavor is almost the same, dominates of the fruits,caramel, and alcy mouth feeling. Thin to medium finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at tasting at Chris Fischer’s (from Liars Club) house. Pours with a deep amber-brown body topped by a medium thick head with a god amount of lacing. It’s sweet and malty with some floral notes. Medium to full bodied and warming.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle 75 cl) Courtesy of Ungstrup. Hazy, amber golden with tiny impurities and an off-white head. Sweet’n’sour caramel aroma. Quite full-bodied with sweetish caramel, fruit and yeast. Some alcohol in the finish. 220308