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RATINGS: 299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Yards has recreated Thomas Jefferson Tavern ale - a strong golden ale - from ingredients originally specified by Jefferson himself for semi-annual brewing at his estate, Monticello.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2004
Bottled, BB 24 Feb 2004 (sampled 10 June 2004). Clear brown coloured. Malts and brown sugar. Predominantly watery and sugary. Dry finish. Not great, but luckily i got the bottle for free.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (4364) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
(Bottle) Mondial de la Bière 2004. Thin, white head with a cloudy orange body. Nose is lactic, mellow hops, caramel malt. Strong malt flavour, sweet and alcoholic. Average.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
Malty caramel aroma with earthy undertones - smells thick and rich. Copper brown with medium body and pillowy white head that recedes to cover with some sudsy lacing. Fruity and rich with plenty of caramelly malts. Alcohol not at all apparent. Body is medium-full and very drinkable. Despite the high alcohol this goes down like a session beer. Bottle (sampled at Mondial 2004).

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6324) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 7, 2004
Sweet, rich big brew, alcohol is sitting right behind you. Malty, sweet, but just average finish. Nothing special here.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: APR 11, 2008 2008-04-10. Hazy golden amber body with a large foamy white head. (3+) Mild aroma, something sweet with hint of dilute boiled oranges. Orange again makes an appearance in the flavour with a bit less of the quirkiness it showed in the aroma, which is a plus. Dilute sweet malt. Thin but pleasant citrus hops in teh finish. (6+) Average palate. Sort of nice in its way, but overall its quite muted and mild. 5-6/3+/6+/3/13 - 3.1 Bottle courtesy of GregClow <P>June 2004. Muted aroma with slight notes of sweet malty and caramel that reappear in the flavour profile, with a tiny bit of bitterness in the end. Slightly syrupy mouth feel, kind of boring. Lacks both the alcohol and flavour I would expect to see from a beer that purports to be this strong. 5/3/6/3/12 -2.9 Bottle at Mondiale, 4T (Capflu).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2004
Courageous oranges hanging out with peanuts and subdued hops...Yeast is well-blended with the oily body, creating a wet earth feel surrounding the hops...Amazingly well-hidden alcohol, competent flavor equilibrium and placement, but nothing outstanding which makes me want to have it again...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2004
Deep golden brown, hazy with some yeasty chunks at the bottom; head is fluffy and airy; great lacing. Smells sweet and moderately hoppy, fruity. Taste is smooth, citrus sweet along the sides with a hint of candy. Finish is a long mild sweet hop, mostly dry. Great beer - is it really 8% ?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Dark cloudy brown, small white head, aroma of caramel, yeast, grape, and flowers. Taste was malty and fruity, some caramel, spice, and floral notes. Quite an impressive offering from Yards.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2004
12 oz bottle, from The Foodery in Philadelphia. Dark maple, lasting small flat head. Yeast particles swirl; elegant I say. Interesting caramel/alcohol/grape aroma with hints of yeast and pungent flowers. Flavor quite sweet (brown sugar-molasses-maple) but with significant hop background, and strongly yeasty and spicy (cardamom, ginger, tarragon). Bitter, dry finish, substantial body...this is very good, easily the best I’ve had from Yards and makes me really look forward to "Thomas Jefferson."

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8541) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2004
Lightly cloudy, deep amber ale with a creamy, off-white head. Good retention. Decent lacing. The aroma is of chocolate, caramel and very light molasses. The flavor matches the aroma, but holds some vineous undertones as well. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Short, lightly bitter finish.


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