wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Red-Brown in hue. Quickly dissipating head with no lace. Spicy, and slightly malty. A little flat. Cinnamon and strong apple flavor prevalent.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a beautiful reddish orange hue. Nice white head that laced up pretty well.
Very aromatic. Loads of caramel, apple, wild fruit, brown sugar and nice tropical scents. It almost smells like candy...Those hard bright apples candies coated with caramel. Smells very very nice!
Duh! What a flop! A beer with such potential until you take a sip! There are some very nice flavors going on here but just not enough of anything. Some caramel, grapefruits, sweet malty sugars and nutmeg. Lousy finish.
motelpogo (6203) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled. quite pleasant. dark brown. some stewed fruit and custard in the aroma, quite sweet, some treacle and a moderately bitter finish
Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2007 Vintage 2002 bomber bottle. Much better than the 12 oz version. Nice amber color,big dense head. Slightly sweet with subtle ginger,nutmeg and other holiday spices. A little thin but still very good.
2007 edition-Much better mouth feel. Creamy,chocolaty,vanilla, some spices. Awesome!
hopdog (8770) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vintage 2002. Poured a dark, hazy amber color with a large, frothy, off white head. Malty smells. Light tastes - malty and sweet. Tastes are too light for me to really pick anything specific, other than some sweetness out. Not sure if it lost some aroma and tastes in the aging process (tasted 2002 vintage on 6/29/04). Not bad but then again, nothing special stood out.
JMerritt (1765) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Winter 2003 version sampled in June 2004. Orangish-red with many very tiny suspended particles. Massive rocky, yellow-white head with fantastic staying power. Spicy aroma: cinnamon, all spice and ginger along with sugary toffees and caramels. Malty, rich flavor with juniper berries, toffee, lightly roasted malts, minty herbals, and a touch of lightly bitter hops and even dark chocolate towards the end. Sweet, crisp finish. The spices and the fruity-sweetness work wonderfully together. I was skeptical of the "Gold Metal Winner" mention on the label, but I was pleasantly surprised.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 release... I picked a few of these up out of the discount bin at a local beverage store fo a buck each. Pours a beautiful mahogany color with a small but lasting head. Aroma is very malty sweet with some butter and vanilla. Flavor is malty, and lingeringly sweet. It seems that any hop flavors have settled out and are almost undecernable now. Very much like a mellow dopplebock. Easily drinkable, but nothing to rave about.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Barley wine style ale. Sweet raisin and syrup, piney hops, spicy. A bit too sticky for me, but its not bad at all.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color took some time to categorize, not quite violet and muddier than red, magenta? Off-white head, and an aroma full of sweetness, soft and candyish. Light texture, but an immediate sensation of syrupy, caramely sweetness. Strong vanilla component, too. Not as spicy as I'd been informed. Dazzling finish, though, which sits and swims in the mouth for as long as it pleases. I held back on high marks, though, for the vanilla candy aspect was just not for me.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2005 Perfect winter beer. Dark red color, malty, sweet, and rich. Carmel Flavor.