Ibrew2or3 (6990) - 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 (526) - 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 (4142) - 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 (1139) - 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 (1962) - 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 (25085) - 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
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is slightly orangey amber with a thin off white head and lots of carbonation...smell is yeasty and spicey...pepper, ginger, anise...very interesting, and slightly medicinal...taste is very herbal and vegetal bitter at first, turning sweet and pepper in the finish....interesting, but not really good...
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A moderate pour produces an almost four finger thick, pale tan colored head that leaves some delicate lacing on the sides of my glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a full amber color, when held up to the light the beer shows a hazy, red tinged, orangish, light amber color. The aroma has a light sweetness to it, smells sort of rich and has an intriguing mix of aromatics that are not easily placed, but seem to be produced by a confluence of malt and spice aromatics. A deeper inspection yields aromas that make me think of pears, sweet melons, fresh baked bread, fenugreek, sour apples, perhaps a hint of woodiness and some definite anise there towards the end. The spicing is quite subtle in this beer, it is really hard to pick out and if I didn’t know about it I would definitely attribute the complexity of the nose to the yeast driven fermentation character. This has a really nice aroma to it, with soft, subtle notes that are fun to chase.
Sweet tasting up front, but the spices definitely kick in towards the finish. The spices are still not so noticeable as to be easily picked out; in fact after my first sip I can say it is spicy, but not what exactly it is that I am tasting. The up front sweetness accentuates flavors of sweet plums, cantaloupe, a touch of apple and some Anjou pear. The fruit / sweetness also seem to be accented by some of the spice components of this beer, though I would be hard pressed to say which ones. The spices add a sharpness / light astringency to the finish that mimics the effect of hop bitterness, but is certainly uniquely different. The beer has a certain heft to it that helps to carry the flavors, it is not heavy, nor is it light, but is about in line with a somewhat well attenuated Belgian beer of this strength; it has enough heft to it to keep it from being perfectly quaffable, but is still fairly drinkable. This was a fairly well carbonated brew as well, though not so much that I noticed it being excessive.
I am so unused to these spices being used in beer that I am having a hard time pulling out the specific spice flavors here, some of this is because the brewer used a restrained spicing here (at least at the age that this beer is now). A very tasty, interesting beer that I am quite enjoying a 750ml bottle of.