Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear orange-red body, thin/medium buff-colored head. Leafy hops aroma with tobacco leaf notes, brown sugar, fig, and pastry. The flavor resembles a red wine with plenty of tannins (teabags), cigar smoke, chocolate, brown sugar, grapes, raisin/tobacco and spicy/perfumey hops. Perhaps a bit sweeter than it should be (bordering on cloying). Still a solid brew.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours clear dark amber with a medium, short lasted off white head. Aroma light fruit & malt. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet nutty malt flavour dominates with a light bitter/dry finish. Not bad, but nothing amazing.
darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful amber/brown color, decent head, and excellent flavor. I expected a bit more hoppiness for this style, but was pleasantly suprised by the balance of hops, chocolate malts and spice. I would definitely drink this again.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruddy brown color, perfectly clear, with a nice, creamy layer of froth.
Nice aroma, for a brown ale/ English pale ale style, fruity, malty, light on hops, sweet, nutty, smacking of yeast, a bit.
Nice and tasty....wait, third time Iíve used that word, "nice"...bad monk, bad...but, it canít be helped, itís unflinchingly pleasant and, as taste now tells, palatable. No hops, thick malt, rich and round, mix of cherries, and grapes, with a distinct malty,...yumminess.
Iím liking this more and more, actually. Hadnít any clue, as my other encounters with this brewery were less than spectacular, or, at least, didnít live up to expectations raised by artistry and imagery....but this is pretty damned good. Easy to drink, packed with full flavor, medium bodied, long, fruity/nutty finish. I donít mind this little devil at all!
P.S., if it matters, this was from a brown bottle, not clear.
Although, I did see some of their other offerings in clear vessels at the same store...curious...
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Musty, medicinal acetone like nose with some barnyard notes such as burlap, hay, wood, sweet grains. Has a particular light struck aroma as well, though the bottles are brand new of the shelves. Flavors are a mild, spicy and somewhat gritty vegetable, wet oats, lawn, hay, dirt, etc... pretty much what yard work would taste like. A little peppy, some stinging palate happenings. A bit of sweet cherry wood character as well. Not too bad, but not my bag, baby.
AdamSkillin (376) - High Bridge, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color of this beer is just plain beautiful. A rich rusty brown color that would lead you to believe that the maltiness is the dominant flavor. But looks are deceiving. In fact, the maltiness is completely overpowered by the hoppiness (which is tame compared to, say, a Pilsner Urquell). Looking at this beer and drinking it are two different things. I found it enjoyable, but not something Iíd go too far out of my way to get. But it comes in a cool bottle and you look pretty cool/tough drinking it.
Tejas (909) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well at least it looks good. Wish it tasted as good as it looks. Initial taste is malt but then bitter hops kick in that is overpowering. Wonít drink it again.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: Clear 500ml bottle. Cool label and bottle cap.
Pours a deep brown /red color with light carbonation and an off-white creamy head. The head diminishes, but leaves a fine layer and some sticky lace. The aroma is of malt, light hops and is a little tart (astringent). The taste has a light sweetness in the start, a citrusy middle and a mild hop finish with some smokiness lingering. The mouthfeel is light and creamy with a little carbonation and a lingering hop (astringent) bite. This beer was better than expected, and just got better.
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark with a nice head. Aroma is somewhat spicy and brings licorice and fruits. Creamy, peppery flavor with some licroce. Sour finish.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this after having a fullers... probably should have had them the other way around since this one was a lighter, less malty and more bitter brew that just didnít please my tastebuds all that much.