sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Twist) Dark, hazy golden color with a small but tight head. Wineous, tannic, slightly alcoholic aroma with flowery hops, fruit and soap. Scotch-aley, sweetish and fruity flavor with some yeastiness. Long, dry and bitter-woody aftertaste. Quite full-bodied, vineous palate with low carbonation. A nice English-style strong ale with added hops.
omhper (24616) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Bottled. Hazy golden, rich head. Perfumy honey aroma. Very sweet with soft, spritzy mouthfeel. Medium to full body with well structured malt profile. Peachy hops provide a bitter, salty finish. Honey however dominates the beer, and the sweetness gets a bit much, despite the efforts of the hops and malt.
Nuffield (4129) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Interesting concept--and as it happens, right now I’m reading a short biography of Jefferson, "Thomas Jefferson: Author of America," by Christopher Hitchens. It pours a vibrant amber/copper with a decent, moderately loose head, though that dies away soon enough. My biggest impression of this was of an English-made bitter, the only variance from that being more alcohol than a bitter. Malt front, with some suggestion of a cider, lots of caramel, and a little bit metallic (but nowhere as bad as I’ve seen). Sweet up front but moments of hoppy dryness, a little bit grassy in the finish. Good palate after a bit--there were moments I thought it was thin, but in the end the oily quality dominated it and the alcohol provided some sharp relief as well. Drinkable, for sure, though not the most wondrous of flavors; warming. I’d be happy to drink this on a winter day in the pub.
kramer (6574) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours copper with a significant amount of fizzy carbonation, 1" thick frothy head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is fruity with a distinct granny smith apple scent, some buscuit malt in the background. The fizziness of this one just doesn’t quit, leading to a very bubbly appearance at the bottom of the head with a really creamy top to it. Body is rather thin and fizzy at first, with a oily finish. Flavor is very malty with a very sharp bitterness at the back of the throat. Alcohol comes out in the finish as a distinct warming sensation fills my throat. I can literally feel the alcohol on my breath after exhaling after a big gulp. Overall, I think that this beer is just missing something in the hops realm. I just rated Arrogant Bastard this week and this one doesn’t stack up as far as an "American Strong" goes. The historical perspective is interesting though, and for that I feel like this is worth a try.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmm, interesting. My wife brought this back with her from Philly. She just took a sip from my glass and said she had it on tap there and it was different. I can’t help but to wonder what Jefferson was really trying to make or if this was even his creation.
Pours a light orange color with a decent head and a tiny bit of lace. Aroma is...grassy a bit with some citrus going on. Flavor is also grassy with some phenolic presence. Not bad but it could be better; my wife said it was better on tap.
Palate is well-carbonated and crisp but has an aftertaste that’s not very pleasant. Overall it’s okay. I’d buy it again to give it another shot but wouldn’t want a six-pack. I’d definitely try it on tap for comparison. I’m a US history buff so this means a bit more to me than most beers so I may be a bit biased.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - JUL 20, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
mr. jefferson is apparently not too much of a brewer, though a brewer nevertheless. golden collor w/ large white foam. spicy aroma, fruity yet bitter, which is my main complain. the balance is lacking.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Murky orange with a thick head and lots of lacing. Aroma is Belgian spices, lemon and malt. Taste is much of the same but bitter, dry and yeasty. The massive 8% is masked pretty well though. Mouthfeel is lively but theres a tinny aftertaste.
egajdzis (6362) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a hazy golden color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, sweet caramel malts, and orange peel. Taste of spices, sweet malts, tart citrus, and a touch of alcohol in the finish.
MattShizzle (608) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An excellent, strong beer. Very interesting flavor. Different. No noticeable hop flavor.
rajendra82 (1073) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From BA pezoids as part of BIF 20 package, this beer came with a historic looking label bearing the image of Thomas Jefferson. As I cracked open the bottle, a foaming gusher almost erupted on my desk, but some quick handiwork saved the day, with only a couple of drops being wasted.
The beer came out cloudy, and deep orange in color, with a Duvel-esque tall foamy head capping the body and crowning above the rim of the glass. The aroma was also evocative of a Belgian strong pale ale, with a musty, yeasty, spicy smell.
The taste was rustic with a rough hewn apricot juice like maltyness and a distinct sour note. The yeast was very earthy and provided a unique spiciness. The hops were muted. The mouthfeel was gritty without being harsh, and the aftertaste sticky and sweet-sour. The 8% alcohol was well hidden among the layered flavor profile.
I am not sure if Thomas Jefferson formulated this recipe after his tour of Paris as ambassador, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he did come up with this beer after visiting some Belgian or Dutch tavern after making landfall in Europe.