HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not really a beer de garde per se, but a lovely malty ale nonetheless. Its always a joy on tap, especially if you like malty beers-sort of like a Marzen ale type thing.
egajdzis (6067) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep amber color with a small head and some lacing. Earthy, yeasty, citrusy aroma. Light tingling in the mouth with a mildly bitter, some citrus and an almost roasted finish.
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 Pale amber, small head, sheets of lace. Mild nose is lightly sweet. Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Notes of baby powder and honey. Lightly sour and citric. Clean finish.
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle-sampled on new years eve 2003-Well, i kinda forgot about this one. I traded a guy a Alpha King for one of these. This tastes like a scotch ale to me-very malty with some roasted peat-y things going on. Somewhat cardboard-esqe in the malt profile. not all that great, but solid. if your a malthead, then go for this one.
DavidP (1748) - 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 (4578) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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 (1844) - 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.