hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy, copper ale.
The nose is of malt, black licorice and Winter spices.
Very sweet, sticky, malty flavor up front. Astringent and well-balanced on the backside with bitter and citrusy hops. Bone dry finish.
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - DEC 4, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml. brown corked & caged bottle. Date on cork was 10/03, so it's a very fresh batch. Poured out a medium brown color, with a massive head. A loud pop expelled the cork rather forcefully. The head was light brown in color, and it faded very slowly back to a sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. Aromas are of sweet malts, bready yeast, and a very subtle spicyness as well. Tastes of malts take over as the hops fade away into oblivion. A nice seasonal, but nothing to write home about.
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, what a celebration!! Beautiful ruby pour with a long lasting head. Nice, although subtle, aroma. Give this one to a port fan. Best seasonal I've had to date.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This christmas beer was the best. Very malty and fruity flavor. Well balanced with malt nad hops. Very enjoyable. Nice and smooth.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thank you Oakes for pointing this out in your latest article. The cork on this one blasted a hole in the ceiling. This has to be the best looking beer ever. A beautiful deep brick red color, with a huge rocky head. Malty and fruity aroma. Very malty and fruity flavor. Enjoyable to the last.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ridiculously large, beige head. Sweet, malty nose, very bold in aroma. I held onto this beer for a while so it mellowed out nicely. Went down fairly smooth with alcohol notes and ripened fruits. Slight pepper sensation on the back of the tongue with each sip. Well done!
BtownBrewer (91) - Belchertown, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head was frothy/creamy looking. It was the creaminess that stuck with me. Very smooth. Altogether, not one of my favorites, but a respectable offering for my induction into this particular style.
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hoo boy! pungent odor. normally i would say "aroma", but this was more of an odor...but it was very smooth. velvety, almost. dare i say...satiny? the flavor was hard to detect. basically there was little to no taste, but damn, it was smooooth.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was an outstanding beer. Hints of dried fruits and chocolate...and I enjoyed this beer with a nice Ashton cigar.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little too carbonated. Good spicy, yeasty characteristics. Lacking anything special, but still a decent belgian.