Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2008 On tap at G.D. Madison. Poured a clear, deep reddish-brown with a thin beige ring for head. Dark berries, alcohol, caramel, and some earthy malts found the nose. Lots of sweet berry malts and lots of booze in the flavor... mild spicy maltage at the finish. The alcohol really took over as this warmed... very remnicent of rubbing alcohol at times. Syrupy sweet malts on the palate with a big, astringent dark berry and alcohol finish. This came across as very brash and rough. 7 3 6 3 12 Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
Re-rate March ’08, 2005 Vintage.
A couple years on this beer made a whole world of difference! The color stayed the same, but picked up a nice shimmer. The aroma found deep, aged dark fruits and caramel paired with light herbal notes.. alcohol only served as an amplifier, and everything melded delightfully together! The flavor found deep, toasty dark fruits and toffee at the core with warm and spicy herbal accents.. warm, but very well-balanced.. warmth brought out some brown sugar and other delectible dark sugars. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. a couple years took this from brash to smooth as glass. Fantastic!
Unfiltered orangey brown pour offering a smallish, but lasting beige cover. Sweet malty nose at the boundaries between a woody, syrupy scotch ale and an english barleywine in all its earthy, caramel and fruity (grapes, berries) notes. Actually becomes rather vinous as it warms, but remaining thick and moderately highly carbonated. Slightly tannic, tart, herbal and floral aspects contribute to the vinous nature while the sweet side remains jam-packed. Full bodied, mouth-washing carbonation. Good take. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Cloudy soft brown with some yelloe or orange colors at the bottom and edges of the glass. Good, mellow nose of vanilla beans, cherries, light woody bourbon and a mellow balanced sweet fruit and grant scents. Thick, hoppy, just below what I would call "hot". Crisp, finishing with some sour fruit and some sour cherries. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
(GABF05) Hazy brown body with beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, syrup, maple, caramel. Taste is sweet, maple syrup, caramel, some alcohol warming. Medium-full body, some stickiness, a bit of alcohol. jkane (21) - USA - MAY 19, 2005
Great Dane is a fantastic place to get beer. This is always my first choice when I find them at beer tastings.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2005
I was surprised this was on tap this late in the year. Had it once last year, and it was incredible. this year was no different. Probably my favorite beer by this brew pub. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2005
2004 Vintage on tap downtown. Cloudy dark brownish red with a small off white head. Aromas of grapefruit, spruce and barley. Flavor is sweet, malty brown sugar and some prunes with a nice hoppy pine finish. Well balanced, sweet and bitter without being over the top either way. Great desert beer. barleyandmalt (25) - USA - MAR 23, 2005
Seemed like their heart was in the right place, but.......way too much refined sugar or something made this brew taste like melted Halloween candy and vodka. Heavy malts were lost in the complete lack of body. 2005 may’ve just been a bad year... Crash (549) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Dirty-brown color with off-white head. Sweet smell that was part fruit part candy. There was a malty taste with a smooth finish. badgerben (5374) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
2003 Vintage; sampled on draft November 11, 2004: It looks like semi-clear mud, if that makes any sense at all. Expected aroma of barley, but much sweeter than I would have expected; quite nice. Oh crikey, the taste... It is loaded down with malted and raw barley with a medium alcohol presence. What surprised me most was that it has a very herbal and root-ish quality to it like some Quads. Slightly bitter at the end and, unfortunately, there was an end. I could drink this daily (although my liver may disagree with me). Incredible.