JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is a masterpiece! It pours a brilliant glowing amber with thick rocky head. Aroma is mildly muted but caramel apples and noble hops are shining through. The flavor melange gushes forth with aspects of melons, caramel, lemony hops. Lingering bitterness. Just spectacular! Many thanks to DarkElf - this is a great beer.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Obtained via trade with DarkElf. Nice deep red with a thick, rocky off-white head. Aroma of caramel, floral hops and some smoke. Flavor has notes of toasted malt, toffee, caramel, apple, smoke and a solid dose of hops. Pleasantly sweet and malty with a moderately bitter finish. Medium body with a smooth texture and subtle carbonation. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, great head retention. Very nice beer.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at The Turquoise. Dark Amber color with a decent head that left decent lacing. Aromas of sweet malts. Flavors were caramel and a nice strong hop character. Very Good.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear dark amber body with a moderate beige head. aroma of malt, caraeml, and mild citrus. Flavor of careml malts and mid hops.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a clear deep amber body with a big sticky off white head.
Nutty malt aroma.
Sweet malt flavor balanced, with hops playing a minor role in this one.
Well done and very enjoyable brew! Thanks to Foolish_Mortal for sending this one!
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 10, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Yard House in San Diego. Amber color, good white head, no aroma. Light in body and crisp. Tongue tingling. Light in sweetness, low hops. Very mild.
DYCSoccer17 (3205) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Mildly orange citrus hopped aroma to start, fading into a Belgian yeast banana aroma. Mild caramel roasted notes are also detected. Transparent amber/red color with a small fizzy light yellow head. Roasty malts early turning buttery and caramelly to finish. Slight bitterness and a touch of DMS are noted. Has promise, but the finish just doesnt meld together.
FoolishMortal (986) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep orange amber. Big white head, nice lingering. Excellent malty aromatics tinged with hop sharpness accentuating. Full fizzy mouthfeel, crisp palate despite large malt character. Smooth yet complex malt flavors, hinting at various fruits and grains. Bold hop counterpoint, with fruiter notes in the nose, and more spicy acrid flavors in the finish. Excellent ESB, but as it warms the malt flavors bleed into the nose and finish to a greater extent, disrupting the balance.
mjg74 (2454) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish/copper sort of color. Aroma is quite malty with a bit of hops present. Has a malty flavor up front with a hint of sweetness. Turns bitter and a few hops show up at the back end.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brilliant copper. Whipped foam yields gobs of webby lacework. Beautifully blended aroma of vibrantly citrusy hops and jellied malts. Soft, creamy body. Opens with an exquisitely tender hop profile, but sharply tinged with medicinal sweetness. Stiffly grainy and toasted, yet with just enough tropical fruit softness to soften brisk malt blow. Malt husks and sweet nutty malt flavors culminate at the center and disperse the juicy hop flavors. Less bright and hoppy finish is surrounded by burnt toffee and overly firm graininess. Onslaught of bready malt richness prevails after the finish to absorb some of the harsher malt textures. Good, but would certainly benefit from a more focused hop backbone to thwart the "unspentness" of the malt.