OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with ruby highlights. A big thick tan head graces this and settles back to about a quarter inch. Aroma has much coming through. Chocolate, caramel, cherries, plums maybe even some cinnamon. the flavor is caramel and chocolate and a note of cherries. Fruity yet malty. Good flavor yet remarkably light on the palate. The finish is somewhat warm but other than that I thought the alcohol was undetectable. Very earthy almost oaky flavors also come through. A pretty good brew. Better than I expected...
DYCSoccer17 (3448) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 7, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled with my brother. This has a very complex and yummy aroma. Hints of cherries, earthiness, wood, caramel maltiness, and hints of chocolate. Notes of cinnamon also seem present. I hope the flavor lives up to this great aroma. Transparent garnet dark amber color with a light tan head. Start is bitter, turning more vinous with lots of caramel and chocolatey malts. Finishes a tad hoppy. Booze is noticeable. Promising...decent, but not as good as I hoped.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
fantastic looking beer, incredibly thick head on this one, leaves a film all the way down the glass, very strong malty flavor on this a little hint of alcohol and hops to balance it off a definate winner with this one, thanks probiere
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with ruby tones and a small head. Nice but subdued nutty malt aroma with floral tones. Flavor starts sweet and malty has a toffee middle with a more hoppy finish and a nutty aftertaste. Good balance of moderate bitterness and sweet nutty malts. Nice warming alcohol presence.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a deep red/mahogany colored ale. with an intense flavor. After a couple of these anyone would be feeling jubilant. A complex ale with a mixture of hops which lend a floral scent on the nose.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with a thick foamy tan head. Ginger cookie aroma: bread, nutmeg, ginger and alcohol. Big caramel malt flavor with coffee and toffee, maple syrup, and a sharp tree bark bitterness. Long-lasting sweet, earthy malt finish. The malts are nice but I feel they clash with the woody shaprness.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Copper in color with a small white head. Little floaties is suspension. Bready,malty aroma with mild caramel and a sweet flavor. Ends bitter,hoppy and dry.
Aurelius (4576) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity dark, yeast and vinegar aroma somewhere between a PA and a lambic. Clear ruby black ale. Big fluffy head. Cocoa, wood, grapefruit, coffee. Pretty complex. Layer on layer of flavor. Medium weight, spicy finish, spicy on the lips, cocoa in the very end. Nicely done.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a brown body with a thin tan head. Very spicy aroma with cinnamon, sugar, and alcohol. Flavor has a nutty charcteristic along with the aforementioned spice. A nice warmer on a cold night.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I picked up a single 12 oz. bottle in the refrigerated section of the beer store. I smell apple and caramel and cinnamon. The color is a rich brown with a light brown head. Has a sweet taste. Fruit and honey. I detect a bit of alcohol taste, but not too strong. Some nut in the flavor too. This is definitely more sweet than hoppy. Not too sweet, but if I drank a lot of these in a row I might change my opinion on that. Overall, It is refreshing.