MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep vaguely cloudy red-mahogany. Starts with a big puffy head that fades to a solid but thin creamy film. Nose vaguely peachy, some odd fruitiness, somewhat bready and sweet. Flavor is quite sweet and certainly strong. Muted grapefruit if anything distinctive, but while the fruitness is definitely there it’s all sort of muddled together into a vaguely punchy melange of fruity sweetness. As it warms slightly it takes on an unpleasant metallic and fusel alcohol taste, does not finish well at all. Agree with other raters that this is an odd one.
hershiser2 (2531) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Paid $1.85 for a 12-oz single. Bottle says "ingredients specified," their website says, "using the authentic recipes brewed by our founding fathers." So what is it, recipes, or ingredients? I can throw some ingredients together that TJ wrote down too and come up with beer, but if I followed a recipe, it’s a different story. Anyway... Pretty peachish-amber color with a small off-white head... and lotsa carbonation. Scent is odd, not sure exactly how to describe it. Kinda sweet scent, but in an odd way.... maybe a bit like wet newspapers (hey, maybe ink was in the ingredients list that Jefferson left!). Flavor is overly sweet up front.... quite a bit hoppy, but overtaken by a fruity sweetness (along with that wet newspaper scent every time I take a sip). Wonder if Jefferson’s own brew was as odd as this.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I admit it, I bought this one soley based on the label (which i peeled off and kept because I thought it was cool). Poured a little cloudy copper color with some offwhite foamy head. Aroma is hard to describe, kinda citrusy and sweet. Taste is citrusy and bitter, good mouthfeel. Overall, pretty decent.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fairly standard clean straw color with an off white head and thin lacing. Nothing exceptional about the aroma or flavor but both were mildly pleasing with a fairly solid hop component. Some noted a sweet character but I didn’t pick that up. Overall an OK beer but not one worth going out of your way to find.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet aroma. Golden color. Mainly sweet with a bit of hops to back it up and lively carbonation. I most certainly enjoyed this beer. TJ knew how to make a good beer.
Loddeer (171) - USA - NOV 4, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was extremely disappointing. I was expected a solid ale, with nice refreshing ale flavor and smooth transitioning. Instead I received a lackluster, unacceptably inconsistent disaster. This was just wholely unimpressive ... it really could have been much better. I always have a gripe when a beer’s price is unjustifiable ... should be a buck a bottle.
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - NOV 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty nice and tasty. Malty, but not overwhelming. Kind of an amber color. A good beer that I had on draft at the old City Tavern in Old City Philly.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s OK, malty toffee like aroma, pours an amber color with pretty good decent head. Citrusy spicy taste.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark orange with a foamy off-white head. Very sweet toffee/buttery aroma with a sour citrus hop smell behind it. Taste is very smooth with a good dose of malt up front followed up by a citrus hop finish with a moderate bitterness. Well balance and creamy palate ale.
TChrome (1449) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle opened with an ominous whoosh and when poured in my Chimay glass produced a massive off white head. Color is a medium chessnut. Aroma is rather sour with some hop grapefruitiness. Flavor is also sour and bitter with a decent hop bite. The ale seemed to be a bit of a conundrum, and I enjoyed it. I might like to think of it more along the lines of a hoppy Belgian Strong.