jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mahogany in color. Little head, malty nose. Light hops and slightly tart. Mild esters in the finish. Smooth, nothing spectacular.
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet mild pine aroma.Amber bronze appearance.Sweet fruity peach,apple,banana flavors with medium hops at the finish.Like the winter it was a little too sweet.
jjw2000 (72) - USA - MAR 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2003 Fairly sweet malt flavor with a fitting medium body. Very smooth. Copper color is pleasant.
MicroRob (42) - Kelowna, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 12, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rather sweet. I find it goes well with Seafood. I had a pint for breakfast while waiting for an early flight in Portland OR. Was nice. Pleasant sweetness on the tongue.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The white head lasted for a long time atop the copper body. That head allowed the aromas of light chocolate and a hint of floral hops to seep out. the flavor was munich malt first and foremost followed by slight chocolate notes, some esters and good balancing bitterness. the medium-light body went down smooth and made me sit back and enjoyed the harmonious balance of this beer.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice malty alt. Wonderful dark amber color. Sweet toffee malt kept lively by the somewhat prickly carbonation. I thought it was going to veer into overly sweet territory, but a nice dry hoppyness kept it in check and provided only enought balance - I wouldn't want this any hoppier for the style. (thanks jsquire)
supermikeyb (43) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer I'm always asked about. I finally had a pint out in CA. I have to agree with the majority of the people I've talked to...it is very good. A nice malty sweet nose, good rich mouthfeel. I am very impressed. Reminds me of a Full Sail Amber
beerbumble (42) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great color, with good amount and color of head. Smells great. Nice smooth amber taste. Great beer.
Oristo (67) - Orinda, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Significant disappointment. It was very light in the nose and the finish. It's look was better than it's bite (or lack thereof). Very light hops, very light finish, sweet and uneventful. Probably the last six-pack of the stuff I buy.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Certainly enjoyable, but rather plain. For being billed as a mega-malty beer, this didn't meet expectations. It certainly went well with Thai food, although I don't think I'd seek it out. One thing I noticed is that each time, after tasting it and swallowing it, it developed this crescendo of, for lack of better words, an acidic burn that was somewhat citric in nature. Weird.