IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured brown with a creamy white head. Complex aroma of grassy hops with a touch of malt. Taste is strong sticky caramel up front, with very bitter grassy hops in the end. Big, not as balanced as it could be, but very complex and good.
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Transparent amber/brown with a large off-white head which is moderately lasting. Aromas of burnt caramel, and other sweetness. Flavor is slightly smokey, sweet caramel, quite hoppy, and finishes with a lindering licorice aftertaste.
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is strong with pineapple and a bit of banana. The deep reddish brown body is topped with an ample rocky peach colored head that sticks pleasingly to the sides of the glass. Lots of caramel and plenty sweet, but not cloying. Bitterness is present near the end but not prominent. Meaty mouthfeel finishes with a warming alchoholic shot at the end.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ooooooga. Banana notes in yeast, hay, grass, no bitterness in hop aroma but a clean, dry finish with a sweet sticky aftertaste. Notes of pineapple, cinnamon, good flan (b/c good flan is decadent and bad flan is retch-inducing), apples, caramel, more banana, toastiness and bread in the middle. This was an English barleywine done right and a German delicacy of complexity and drinkability that most bocks strive for and miss. Mouthfeel on this side of heavy, smooth with medium, soft carbonation. Oooo, yummy.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
07.03.05 Funny little swingtop bottle as with the other Uerige brews. This one has been showing up all around NJ lately. Handsome copper-red pour beneath a creamy head of khaki foam. Lovely aromas of salted pretzel, pumpernickle bread, brushes with autumn, damp leaves. Altogether tame and pleasant aromas that do not betray the cyclone hidden beneath the surface. The flavor that emerges is almost shocking given the mellow tone set on the nose, yet not out of line or off the wall by any means. Full and round body supports a smooth malty mix of toasty pale grains, very bready, cooling mineral finish, light spicy bite. Acidic in a way similar to a fresh bread, but not acetic of citric. Lovely.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ Papago
This was a special 2-keg extravaganza at Papago, and what a sight and treat it was, but you can read the story on Papago website. The beer fresh from the tap is a dark beauty with a modest creamy light tan head that lingers long, leaving a fine coating of lace upon the glass. Nose is rich in bread dough, sweet and mouth watering this nose, hints of caramel and even a whiff of hops, apples and a bit of alcohol finish it off, start is sweet and thick with malt, the top is middling in its feel. Finish is delectable with its spicy hop bite, the acidity light and the sweet malt dry aftertaste lingers long on the palate, what a treat it was, had several glasses. Personally, I think it could be called a “Barley Wine”, and I must say it is the best beer I have tasted in quite some time.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle from Downtown Liquors in Somerville, MA. Dark chestnut-amber with huge but fast disappearing white head...sweet whiskeyish, peaty nose, some yeastiness and caramel, fairly strong and heavy...plenty of alcohol in the body as well, excellent thick caramel malt with light smokiness throughout, quite sweet...soft milky mouthfeel, alcohoic harshness fairly prominent near the finish and offering some bitterness amidst the brown sugar and light rosemary/anise character. More interesting than good, really, but worth a try for the experimentally inclined and alt-lovers.
desurfer (1224) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear, deep amber with a pillow beige head. Aroma is very doughy and sweet with some alcohol. Flavor is pretty weak except for an overpowering alcohol burn. There’s a bit of sweetness in the background. Finishes bland. Eh.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 28, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very deep amber ale with a strong alcohol aroma. Taste and feels like drinking a wine. Pleasant finish to the beer but not much hop or malt flavor.
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark amber with a slightly yellowish head. The aroma is alcoholic with brandy and some pears. There is also some rich caramel. The taste has some roasted peanuts and a little bit of toffee. There is also a rather dry finish of well toasted bread crust. The alcohol is well hidden. Nicely done. Cool looking bottle.