CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2004 (22oz bottle) Vintage 1996 - Thanks Mr. McNeill. Pours a deep orange body with a little head. Nose of rotting plums, soya sauce and a sweet port wine. Very oily. INCREDIBLY SMOOTH! No sharp flavours. Mellow malts blend with aged-bitter hops. No detection of its 9% alcohol. As RESPECTFUL as a beer should be. And thank you to Lubiere for sharing this with me... cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Flat, yeasty aroma. Woody caramel body with lots of chocolate malt. Dry, mossy, slightly sour finish. 1-dimensional, and not a lot of fullness, especially for the alcohol content. TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Unfiltered ruby apricot. Fat off-white head deposits thick lacework. Lovely aroma of pineapple and sweet, powdery/bready malts. Milder notes of roasted chocolate, tobacco, caramel, spicy esters, and cherry acidity. Feathery-soft carbonation. Surprisingly mellow, initially, before a rich malt wave thickens the body and imparts plenty of bready sweetness. Subtle pineapple, earthy hop bitterness gets help from the savory roasted malt anchor. Overly addictive interplay between the fluffy body and elegant maltiness. Marvelous balance in the finish with the roasted malts caressing the delicate maraschino cherry notes. Hop bitterness gives way to roasted chocolate and slightly chalky yeast remnants. Yes it’s lighter-bodied than you’d expect, but it’s so feathery soft, which allows the malts to gracefully strut their stuff. And it tastes more like 6.5% than 9%. Also a really nice aroma, uncannily similar to the old version of Third Coast Old Ale. Thanks, Cougar! axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2004
Cloudy brownish amber color with a foamy tan head. Reminds me a bit of a slightly sweetened tea. At first I didn't feel that the ssweet malt and bitter hop tastes (both good on their own) were very complementary. After taking a few minutes to breathe, that all changed and this became a very good ale. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
Bottle-conditioned medium cloudy brown body with almost no head, just a light brown ring. A restrained sniffing, you've got to be in the right atmosphere to really take your time and analyse the aroma. It's mostly sweet, maple, chocolate, cream. Light floral hop notes in there as well. Taste is candy sweet with slight subtle smoked notes and a good hop presence, but not quite enough to detract from the big caramel/honey/maple sweetness. That being said, I don't consider it as a default in this case, but I recommend pairing this with food. It went very nicely with my sauerkraut and dijon mustard sausages assortment for instance. Low carbonation level, but a thick admirable body. Excellent beer brought straight from Burlington by Barry. Cheers and thanks!
Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
Deep amber color with a sweet malty aroma. Poured with very little head. Tasted like candy, as it was so sweet. Syrupy and sticky mouthfeel with a nice maple finish. 21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Slightly cloudy purple tinted brownish color with a lightly topped off white head. Liqour cherry cotton candy aroma. Tastes just like a cherry blow pop, especially one that is dipped in some bitter liqour. Finishes real bitter. Weird for a bitter, cause its actually really good. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
deep satanically burnt sugary red tinted amber color spitting forth sweet candy-like aromas with mellow floral hop mustiness..starts with a powerful hop kick turning to lollipop candies with nice nutty malts and bitter hop grassiness..shots of robotussin sporadically appear...very odd, yet very enjoyable...a solid hop presence and completely hidden alcohol. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 20, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest '04, Amber in color with a small white head.Hoppy,fruity,malty,roasted and sweet. vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest Boston 2004: Has a reddish brown color and a malted smell. Taste is sweet malted and finishes with a balanced bitterness. Overall not a bad beer, but I tried this late in the session so I may not have been too objective.