DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dull red copper color with a thin but frothy white head. Like other Two Brothers beers, it has a cloudy dustiness. I get peanut brittle sweetness in the aroma along with slight bitterness. Musty. The flavor is hard to pin down, it's a muddled combination of caramel sweetness and sort of a burnt herbal thing. There's a slight paper bag astringency in the aftertaste - it might not be a flaw, but I didn't dig it. Overall? Meh.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Copper colored with a nice foamy head. Looks clean with only a little carbonation visible. Noticable carmel malt lent to the mild sweetness noticed in the beer.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2006 Jan 2004: Bottled, at Davis St. Fishmarket, Evanston IL, December 2003. I was just getting over a cold when I had this, so I may not be doing it justice; it was murky brown, strong caramel/yeasty nose and flavor, very thick, butterscotchy, with some woody dryness to finish. Not my favorite BDG. 7/3/7/3 3.3
Feb 2006, 12 oz bottle from Woodmans in Madison, WI (Dec 2005). Almost clear reddish-brown, very little head which decays instantly....sour cherry, light sourdough malt nose, lactic, prune juice....fairly thin, dry, sour and minerallic on the tongue, this has very little of the complex earthiness I want in a BDG....finishes very dry, astringent, unpleasant. If anything I was way too generous before...
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy copper color with malty sweet smell.Flavor is rather smooth with a citrus tangy bite.Finishes spicy and dry with a little hops noticed.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Color is lightly hazy with some suspended yeast (Bottle conditioned). Not much head or lacing. Aroma has a good amount of diectyl and banana esters, lightly nutty. Flavor is lightly tart and very average and somewhat earthy. Finishes metallic (like a penny!) with a light spicy hop presence. This isn't too bad, but for a biere de garde it's a little off of what I'd expect.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper and orange with small head that left before I could taste it. Sweet malts in the nose, small citrus hops. Some more citrus in the flavors, though it is small, a bit of a butter as well. A nice creamy palate, very nice.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful light golden coppery orange color, slightly opaque with little yeasties floating around, thin off-whitish cream colored head that fades to a thin ring and minimal spotty lace. Smells like an open field of grains with some nice little malty sweetness, dry, subtle, thin caramel notes behind. Taste is mild, pleasing, and subtle, lightly toasty with lightly dry biscuity tone and buttery sweetness, nice little grab of breadish yeast thats quite favorable on the palette. A mild drying woody hop finishes off this subtle masterpiece with enticing notes of grains and rice. Feel is medium bodied with a favorable little creamy start, adds soft thin grainyness and the finish is lightly crisp with a nice fluffy drying that fades well. A pleasant subtle beer with lots of thin layers and complexity. A good drinker and quite enjoyable, a great session beer.
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head was small, creamy, smooth, ivory with fine sized bubbles that fully dissipated. The body was uncarbonated, yeasty and cloudy with a light amber hue. The nose was malty with a light sweet, lightly bitter, caramel and fruity flavor. The palate was tingly, smooth, dry, and medium bodied.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 This peculiar French Style Country Ale was sent to me by a fantastic member of RB; Indra, and thanks again for the trade!
Full speed A-Head! This brew is A-Head above the rest! Head Move Now, If You Can!
== The tan colored mass of thick head soars atop a beautiful and effervescent amber colored body. This is going to be a rocky and immensely dense head, leaving behind giant clumps of lacing; oh, it’s bitter tasting but smells of caramelized pares maybe some citrus like and very perfumey hops, smells terrific! The flavor is…is…is…hard to pinpoint. It is maybe a bit spicy, faintly bitter, yet sweet in-between, considerable notes of caramel, plums, pares, tangerines, honey wheat bread.
This is a beautiful and delicious beer but tough to figure out.
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(draught) Pale amber; huge orangeish head, very little carbonation as a British ale knocked-out with a Swan-sprayer. Crystal malt, bit of cookies in the nose, some undefined pasty character. Taste gives velvet malts, crystal, a neutral to sweet main taste. Mouthfeel feels too flat, not lively enough (cfr. visual aspect). Well bodied. Based upon a Brabant (B) homebrew recipe, not very assertive brew. Like Palm with a heavier mouthfeel - Dubbele (X-mas) Palm?