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Joined 13 years ago
From Flushing, NY, United States
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  • Moonlight Meadery Kisses
    rated 3.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6


    Bottle from somewhere I haven't been in a while. Sat in a wine shipper for a couple years. Poured into a baby Duvel tulip.

    Maroonish, orangy/red amber hue. A bit opaque. Lots of sediment not quite sleeping at the bottom.
    Smells faintly of strawberry jam, but there's more dominant things in there, like caramel custard & orange rind. A little oxidation on the nose too, so some raisin & toasty old malt.
    Taste is cooked honey, strawberry jam, newspaper, & grain. Faint sourness. Lingering waxiness.
    Grainy, goopey texture. Thin, alcoholic finish.

    This was a bit more pronounced when fresh, but was never big on fruit. The honey character has always been solid though. One of the few American places that can put out a decent mead every few batches.

  • Christian Drouin Cidre Pays d'Auge
    rated 4.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9


    Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery. Sat quietly in a spare wine shipper till I dropped my keys & went looking. Sort of like finding a $20 bill in a pair of old jeans, or finding a number on a toilet stall that you recognize. Bottle is at this point close to 2 years old.

    Ommegang anniversary glass. Violent cork shoots off with just an unhinging of the wire. Decent gusher too. Glass is ready though, & we clean up nice without much lost. Crazy active streams shoot up & sizzle on the surface. A tall & thin, foam develops, faltering & rising a quarter as tall with every stir of the glass. Honey orange body that is not quite clear, like wearing UV shades.
    Smell is a mild grassy funk & bittersweet browned apples. Faint ammonia. Flinty. Dried apples. Mud. Wets my appetite.
    Taste is all about sweet, slightly tart, browned apples & a sturdy, bitter leafy/salad/herbal note. Then there's a good bit of calcium & skin, finishing with something nutty, leaving significant dry mouth.
    Suds are strong, prickly, but not quite sizzling. Moderate acidity. Starchy body. Dry finish leaves me with the munchies.

    I ditched the stemware after the first glass. French scrumpy. This deserves to be drunk out of a jar. :)

  • Saint Arnold Divine Reserve #6
    rated 2.4 7 years ago

    Aroma: 3 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 4


    A friend from Tejas gifted me a few of these in a mixed six a while back. First one didn't go down so well back then & I slept on this one for maybe a little too long. We'll see.

    Rare Vos glass. Body looks like cloudy iced tea. Sticky, frazzled head. Mmm... Chunks! It fits right alongside the snowglobe on my desk.
    Smell is sticky & stollen-like. Faint, leafy/twiggy herbage. Malt balls & some macerated raisin acidity.
    Taste is quite thick, meaty even. Rindy, lingering bitterness. Slightly charred, crusty bread sweetness. Bittergreen herbs. ...And just when I think we might have something here, oxidation hits right at the end.
    Alcohol is all there, every bit. Chewy, sticky, gunky.

    Vitamin enriched!

  • Flying Dog Horn Dog
    rated 2.1 7 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 4 | Mouthfeel: 3 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 4


    Bottle from a shop that no longer exists. Spooky. Vintage 07A.

    Rare Vos glass. Black on brown, opaque body. Weak, light tan head.
    A couple of swirls & a sniff, & I get toffee, Cheerios, marzipan, pennies, booze.
    Taste is really sweet. The hops have jumped ship. Brown sugar, cola, frosted flakes. A hint of acid & cardboard right at the end.
    Nearly flat, thick, & super rich. Syrup. The booze factor isn't that bad though.

    I have such a headache...

  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
    rated 3.6 7 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6


    '07 bottle that's been stuck on the door of my fridge for some time.

    Rare Vos glass. Crystal clear copper body. Tall, off-white, sticky, archipelago lace. Yeasties, unaware, never budge from the bottom.
    Smells of rind & gum upfront, with crusty bread & pine on the back. Nothing's changed, except that it's a bit milder. Maybe a twinge of newspaper... I dunno.
    Prickly grapefruit & piney hops upfront. Surprisingly bright. Toasty cereal, lingering rind. Toastyness is covering up for some oxidation, but it's light.
    A bit thinner then fresh Celebration. Solid carbonation. Adequately boozy.

    My tastes have probably changed, but this old bottle of beer hasn't moved that much at all, just a bit muted. Solid stuff.

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