Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Rich amber color; Medium body; Aroma of yeast, malt, ripe fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, fruit (notably grapes), clove, caramel/syrup, and light hops; Finish is dry; Highly carbonated - champagne like; Fairly well balanced; The alcohol is well hidden; Overall, different - but decent; Does not live up to the hype though. NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2011
750 ml bottle. I poured this guy into my champagne flute on New Years Eve. Pours a warm golden orange in color with a pure white head. The nose is a bit yeasty, masking some of the fruity malt character in the flavor. Tiny bubbles make for a lively mouthfeel, leading to a smooth satisfying finish. I bought two bottles at $20 each. I am going to lay one down for a few years. lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Orange-yellow, whitish cover. Aroma is tinny, dull fruit, sugar, butter. Taste is lots of sugar, yeasty, dull caramel and fruit, apricot, alcohol, buttery. allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Aroma: Vinous, fruity, clean malt aroma. Bready. Slightly floral delicate hop nose.
Appearance: Bright copper, bubbly pour with a dense, pillowy white head.
Taste: Biscuity malt, slightly fruity, nice hop flavor. good level of hop bitterness to the finish which was refreshing and dry. Very champagne-like.
Palate: Bubbly, medium full mouthfeel.
Overall: Very tasty. A nice balance between malt and hops. The alcohol content was well-hidden--no heat or solventy notes. I enjoyed it, though I don’t know if I’d add it to my cellar collection. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2011
75cl bottle. Crystal clear amber body with large white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cotton candy, peach, light acetone. Taste is moderately sweet, cotton candy, apple, some alcohol, acetone. Medium-full body, some stickiness.
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2011
(750ml bottle). Pours clear dark goldwith large white head. Carbonation is very active! Aroma of some cooked banana, melon and bubblegum. Taste is sweet and syrupy. The carbonation does help tone this down so its not completely cloying. There is some bitterness on the end. Medium bodied with a sticky texture. Finish is smooth. A unique beer, but one I wouldn’t search out at $20/bottle. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Bottle pours gold with a creamy white head. Aroma of grainy malt, yeast, buttered toast, and light citrus. Flavor shows basically the same. The mark of any great sparkling is mouthfeel and this one is a mess. Carbonation is messy, abrupt, and honestly quite lacking. I know what they were trying to do, they just didn’t accomplish it in my opinion. drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2011 12/31/10. Drank for New Years! Bottle thanks to AJ/Lance. Light aroma of butterscotch and tart apples. Dry grainy flavor laced with tart apples, dusty champagne yeast, and another hint of butterscotch. Eh... can’t say I love it or it’s anything special. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
pours a light copper color. aroma of a bock beer. sharp bit of alcohol in the sip followed by some cider notes. I get pear primarily though the person I shared with caught some butter/savory notes. very warming. A new year / celebration beer for sure. Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Cork & Cage ($25) opened and shared with friends on 12-31-10. Crystal clear, golden yellow with slight orange hues. Frothy white head that quickly dissipates. Slightly sweet, clean, crisp aroma with slight yeast notes. Heavily carbonated but not nearly as carbonated as champagne. Noticeably sweet, clean, crisp medium to light body with malty citrus notes. Clean, slightly dry finish. Extremely quaffable especially considering the 10.5% ABV. Absolutely no alcohol comes through. A bit disappointing considering all the hype, but definitely worth trying! Not really a stand-out, game changing beer but I’d like to see more takes on redesigning the mash and pushing the limits. A for effort, solid B for execution/final product.