CapFlu (4589) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught) Thin, yellowish-beige head and cloudy body. Nose of malt and cascade hops. Strong hops flavour. Very enjoyable!
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber in color. Difficult to see through in a glass. Head is dark cream color. Taste is very full with the carmel and malt being much more noticeable to me than the hops. Heavy beer. Alcohol content also seems noticeable to me. I would need to drink this with food.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2004 22 oz bottle. Have had numerous fresh bottles recently. The citrussy hops explode in the aroma with a big carmel maltiness. Flavor is rich and aggressively hopped with US hops. I love the balance of big hops with the rich carmel maltiness. Has become a standard. Same rating.
Initial taste:Sampled at the GBOA @ Lake Harmony. Smelled and tasted as if aged for around a year. Hoppy and sweet aroma. Rich malty flavor balanced with american hops. Reminded me of some of my 2 year old Homebrewed barley wine...
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2007 (Bottle) Pours a dark amber color with a medium creamy head. Good tasting brew with hints of caramel mixed in with lots of malt and big hops.
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich red color with hop, pine and somewhat sweet aroma. Medium off white head with little lacing. Full rich flavor of caramel, malt and hops. Complex and strong with nice alcohol warming. Great strong American ale.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Almost a ruby brown in color with a fluffy tan head. Alcoholic hoppy aroma. Flavor is very layered. Sweet, then malty, then hoppy. Nice bitter leave. Not for everyone, but DEFINATELY for the strong willed.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color with a white head. The taste is sweet with a complex finish of bitter and aromatic hops.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 Brown color, tan head. Beautiful juicy fruit aroma (peach). Creamy bitter and dry. Citrus flavor with some malt and nuttiness. Nice and hoppy. GREAT.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was great. The head was cream colored and abundant. Lacing was all the way around the glass. It had the color of mahogany wood: a very nice, rich amber. It was crystal clear and had a sweet aroma to it. The maltiness hits first and goes down smooth. The hops hit in the back of the mouth and leave a nice aftertaste. This is a great ale.
TheGeek (6) - Columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was thoroughly impressed with this beer. Such a robust flavor and finishes very nicely.