notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a most impressive rendition of an ESA - deep, dark amber hue with off-white lacing - yeasty aroma, with spciy notes, plums, figs and christmas cookies - strikes the balance between roasty and sweet qualities that all the great ESAs do - full-bodied, quite chewy - toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness - bready malts and dark fruit - peppery and spicy near the end, finishing with some nutmeg and a touch of chocolate - Iím going to get plenty more of this stuff for the long, north-east winter.
mamradskoda (9) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2004 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one grows on ya. A very earthy taste, great for staying wam on a snowy night.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours at nice dark brown color with a decent light tan colored head. Has a spicy aroma that reminds me oor winter time. Has a decent warming effect and all around great brew
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
imagine the shock when i went into my local beer store and found this, considering that i live in a state where 6%+ is banned... at any rate. pours out dark colored red with a tan head that lingers for a bit. smells spicy and has a nice hint of alcohol to go with it. taste is sweet and a hint spicy. im going to drink 6 of these and see how they treat me. a nice beer for certain.
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(draft) I was sure I was enjoying a nice spiced ale but I see in the commercial description that the flavor is all malts. Very good, though a little sneaky as the alcohol doesnít really register.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awsome! bottle poured a dark black with a nice frothy head. Aroma was great! sweet ,malty, chocolate candy,like.
Letting it warm up on this cool arizona night.
Flavor is roasy sweet I can taste the alcohol, reminds me of stones IRS.
This is good baby!! just good!
Sure this isnt a stout!!
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte. Iím wondering how an 8% beer managed to sneak its way into a NC bar. Anyway, deep, deep brown coloring with some off-white head that laced onto the glass nicely. Nutty flavor with nice warming feel as it went down. Iíll be ordering this one again frequently.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a smooth dark briwn with a small beige head. Malty, nutty aroma. Mostly malts and nuts in the flavor with a small trace of coffee. Alcohol very well hidden. Great ale.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Brown and clear in color with a nice tan head. Malty aroma. Malty flavor. Some chocolate notes. Slight hops. Smooth tasting. Well balanced. Enjoyable.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty ruby brown, relatively clear appearance. Head is foamy and fuzzy, like a tan cashmere sweater. Smell is sweet, caramel and cherries, not much else. NIce and strong flavor punch. Roasted, bitter hops, almost astringent, coupled with sweet malt, chocolate, winter spices, earth and a tad of alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and roasty. Decent beer, but I donít know about this 92% rating.