jgb9348 (4439) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great amber colour with copper highlights and a thin dense off-white head. Aroma of caramel, strong malt and a bit of spices. Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppiness with a fair spicey/sweet flavour-very nice! Aftertaste similar to a hoppy scotch ale! Overall, fairly nice-definately worth trying! I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 21-November-2003.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 bottling. Clear amber-brown color with a large tan head that left great lacing. Nice aroma, sweet malty backbone with prominent spice and floral hops. Flavor is sweet, dark roasted malts with a nice balancing of spice and bitter hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Another good seasonal - more to my tastes than the Anchor "OSA" that I just rated.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, small whiet head. Malty aroma of dark roasted malt, toffee, vanilla and caramel. Has also a malty flavour, hints of chocolate, toffee and vanilla. Quite sweet and smooth. Medium bitter finish.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2004 Pours a hazy amber/brown, with nice carbonation and a prettty tan head. Aroma is mostly of caramel/toasted malts. Flavor starts sweet, and ends with a light hoppiness. Pleasant enough, but seems lacking.
Re-Rate for 04: pours a chill-hazed amber with a pourly-retained white head. aroma is primarily of vanilla, with some toasty malts. flavor is all vanilla-like a cream soda. average mouthfeel and drinkability.
avbc has lost some good brewers lately (Fal&Brit) and it shows in this poorly-conceived beer
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a reddish amber color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is malty with a light spiciness. Like harlequinn noted, the flavor is very much graham crackers. Also notice some vanilla and earthy notes. Body is medium with some alcohol on the swallow.
Reid (1784) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok bought in the 12 oz brown bottle..GoldMedal Winner apparently.
Nice enough beer poured into the pint glassdark amber/ruby red beer..slight haziness..nice creamy off white head.
Good aroma mostly malts though the spices do peek through.
The taste though while above average is not that good..its mostly maltiness with as liquorice style bitterness..it ends fast to..then theres an alkoholic warmth in the throat.
IT is as it says very creamy and smooth on the front of the palate..somewhat dry on the back..then the alcoholic aftertaste.
Its a drinkable ale..ok but sort of lightweight despite the alcohol volume..not very exciting.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A medium thick to thick tan head sits atop a burgundy body with a good amount of lacing left behind. The malty aroma is sweet and full of vanilla with a slight fruitiness and a subtle spiciness. A nice aroma but not overly aromatic. The flavor is malty and sweet with notes of vanilla and fruit and a slight spiciness. Medium to full bodied, smooth with a slight tingle on the tongue and a warming sensation.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2003 - Good roastiness in the aroma. Chad describes this as liquid smores and I would have to somewhat agree. A very interesting winter brew which should mellow with time and age well.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A beautiful ruby garnet coloring with a fastly fading tan head. First flavors are like that of graham crackers and an incredible malt backbone with a slightly sweet hop bite in the aftertaste. Aroma is lightly spicy and floral. After warming, flavors of smores come out and this reminds of something that you would drink around the campfire and tell great beer stories. Lots of marshmallow and chocolate. Very sweet, but not cloying, and very nicely balanced. Nicely cabonated, with an amber-alt character throughout. Finishes lightly sweet and extremely smooth.
smoosh (534) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: very fruity aroma. I get the aroma of cherries and berries. Very nice deep amber color. Spicy, fruity and malty flavor. Maybe a hint of bitterness at the end. Nice!