Ernest (6198) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2007 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cookie), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit), with light notes of ashtray, dirt. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Kinda dull this time around, with a hint of that ashtray stink I found plentiful in this year’s Mephistopheles. I wonder what the deal is.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
i don’t have my glasses, what’s that craggy roast beef looking thing on the label supposed to be? a hypothetical cross-section of my liver i think. i can see the beer just fine, tho: gorgeous teaky irish setter red with a top as lush as a sheep skin seat cover. auspiscious nose tells of woody incense and tropical fruit markets, a pop-tart toasting and about a teaspoon full of scotch. carbonation is engaging, it ushers the lovestruck sweet and bitter flavor elements--they’re all over each other, with that avuncular scotch effect in full accord. while i never cry at these fabulous gastronomic marriages, i do give a maudlin sigh that it couldn’t go on forever.
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Rich red color with a beige head. Red fruit scotch ale aroma.
legion242 (2173) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep red color; head had lots of little craters and was dense; bready aroma. Mild sweet malt accents. Very Nice. Round and mild. Almost scotch-like at its warmest. Beautiful session beer.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A well balanced and pleasant reddish ale. Hops are strong, but the malts are up to the challenge. Nice caramel and toffee flavors followed by an astringent hop flavor. Finish is lightly bitter. Aromas are of earthy and grapefruity hops combined with caramel malts. Nice deep red color with a minimal head. Well made APA.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - JUL 3, 2002
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nothing special about this beer, pretty average but drinkable.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale is perfectly balanced between the flavor of hops and malt. The hops are very similar to the type used in American pale ales. The malt has an outstanding caramel flavor. Hop bittering and flavor prevail in the finish.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2002
2.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Deeply unimpressed. Pours reddish-orange, with a good firm head that had some staying power. Nice nose, lots of cola and caramel with noticeable yeastiness and hops. Initial taste is very sweet and the finish doesn’t diminish the sweetness. Get flavors of cream soda/root beer, but the malts are oversweet and overpower any balancing hoppiness. Finish starts creamy, but gets watery rather quickly.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great hop flavor and aroma. Very fruity and a litle carmel flavor. Great beer.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2001
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fresh, fruity nose. Very very rich and assertive on the palate. Beautiful hop flavors and aromas. Very well-balanced and tasty. Makes my mouth water. A great beer made by a great brewery, in a great town!