PorterPounder (5547) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, malty aroma - at first skunky - but it mellows and sort of grows on you. Kind of a thin pour with a light head. Detect a bit of chocolate undertones -reminds me of a schwarzbier as it has the taste of a stout but not the same heavy feel to them. All in a all a good solid beer.
Aurelius (4178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super malty flavor and aroma. Grainy tasting after you get through the malt shock, then sort of molasses-y and woody. Grainy palate. Decent, but I’m not overly impressed.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty chocolate aroma.Tawney appearance.Mellow malty chocolate buttery flavor.Very bockish.
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This attractive dark, reddish brown brew was the highest rated Winter beer at a tasting I hosted a week ago. On the Ratebeer scale, it averaged a 4.2 overall score among 10 raters and beat out the Winter offerings from the following brewers (in order): Full Sail, Anderson Valley, Hales, Goose Island, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, Redhook, Pete’s, Summit, Lake Superior and Shiner. On my list, it tied for 4th, with Sierra Nevada’s 2002 Celebration and Deschute’s Jubelale tied for #1.
khayman70 (154) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a decent beer, but didn’t make me think of a Vienna. Sweet on the tongue and almost wood like. Not their best.
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
color is reddish/amber. head is initially quite large but thins out...lasting though. oak, malts, caramel and a touch of nutmeg was picked up by this nose. flavor is sweet with some woody notes as well. overall, surprisingly thin, but did have a decent aroma in my opinion.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vienna? Didn’t seem to "Vienna" to me. Nice nose, very woody and malty with residual spiciness. Has the usual caramel malts, but they’re quite good here.
BillKismet (3335) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with a thick creamy head and a delicate, but nice malt smell. The flavor was of malt and carmel. A well-balanced, highly drinkable, good tasting vienna.
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 3, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very light aroma, sweetness and not much else discernible. Sweet flavor, hints of oak and malt, but pretty light for a winter. Not bad, but nothing special.
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
sweet with dark fruit. medium red / brown in color. little hopping. not much malt - but not really thin either. reminds me of their aass bock. a different spin on the winter beer style - I like it - but it needs to be stronger.