sloth (2936) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2004
10/02 vintage : Thanks to kawa for a shot at this one : Small tan head, short lived with little lace to speak of. Murky amber color. Very faint malt, fruty nose. Medium/thin body. Lightly malty, bready. Faint hoppiness with some yeasty notes. Fairly dry finish. Not alot going on here, fairly dissappointing. Extra Strong tilte needs to be removed from this label. I,m surprised this has held up this long. A surprisingly very over rated brew. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2004
2002: Poured cloudy amber with thin tan head...smelled malty sweet, melons, apricots, a little vanilla...taste is very sweet and lightly citric...caramel, melon, apricots...nice mouthfeel...clean sweet finish...good beer, I’ll age maybe 2 more bottles... MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2004
4-OCT/2002 bottle. Brown amber haze with some lighter flecks floating around in it. Not much head on it either. The aroma is a sweet grassy smell; bananna, coriander and melon. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and has a smokey bite towards the end. The flavor is a decently hopped to give it a similar sweetness as in the nose. However this isnt something amazing for being a year old, but respectable. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Color is a dark orange, with "floaties" running amok. It can’t be an old bottle, for it’s labeled as being bottled in October of ’02, and promises to improve into 18 months. Perhaps I should have waited that long to see.
Head is fine, and white. Aroma is fresh and fruity, peach, apricot, melon, etc., and just a little bit floral.
Hops are very light, and malt is just sufficient. Taste is fully fruity and smooth. Sweet, tasty, rich, warm, with a lasting finish.
However, for something touted as EXTRA, and SPECIAL, and STRONG, I was disappointed. Perhaps, as they pledge, this "vintage" will improve with time. It was just "okay" for now, though.
originally sampled 2-22-03 mikem (2) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2004 does not count
The just released 2004 vintage is full of malt character, lovely full mouthfeel. Easy to drink despite the 7.5% alcohol.
Flavoursome tripple hopping of Cascade, Pride of Ringwood and Hersbruker. Very smoothand drikable
MilkmanDan (1942) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2004
Hazy orange-amber. Nose is a bit citric and fruity, a bit yeasty. Malty and a bit bready, some hops, decent sweetness. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Bath 4, Oct 2002 - Very murky dark peach color, like blended fruit juice with heavy pulp... very cloudy and thick looking. Citrus spicy yeast nose, some woody grapefruit and pineapple. Flavor has some light stinging alcohol mixed with a peppy yeast strain, some light Belgian-style spices and a medium palate. Sweet, though lacking depth. AcctError14093 (195) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Vintage: 4, October 2002
This is a unique and very active beer with an attractive golden/amber color. It is very complex with a lot of fizz and a fruity cider smell. It is shameless in its quantity of sediment -- the chunks are just rolling around in the glass. The mouthfeel is smooth yet finishes with a nice bite. This beer is very pleasant, easy to drink and has a lot of great qualities. It is a little pricey, but is worth enduring the sticker shock. In the end, I felt a little disappointed that I really liked a beer with a twist off cap. egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2004
2000 vintage... Poured a caramel brown color with a small off white head and light lacing on the glass. Sweet and spicy caramel aroma. Taste was also spicy, with some pepper and sweet plums as well. Very smooth despite the 7.5% alcohol. Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
October 2002. Fizzy bubbles, rapidly fading head over an orange brown body. Aroma of bread, faint molasses. Surprisingly thin, fizzy palate. Flavor was sort of a wet bread with a faint hint of orange marmalade. Just not a lot going on though. So sad.