jaymobrown (1692) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sour light notes. Slight hops with a pale flavor. Nothing really remarkable about this. Better than water, I guess.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2002
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sam’s Club B.S!!!!!! You were fooled into buying this crap!! Use the wooden box as a CD case. Don’t drink too fast, the swill will make you puke. GIMMICK BEER THAT I GARBAGE!!
Suttree (5256) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 This was a nice surprise. I found this a part of 'Beers of America' 8-pack in a crate from Sam's Club. This was the best of the bunch. orange colored, sturdy white foam head, and assertive hops throughout. Crisp finish. Re-rate, April 2004 - Still the best of the box, but not quite as good as I originally thought.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice historic label, which lured me to the cynical assumption that the beer was bogus; surprised to see therefore a cloudy amber-nectar looking pour. the head was only a footnote (har har) and the aroma modest with white grape and melon in a biscuity tort. light bodied but with a nice woody, peachy, caramelly thing that can’t develop much sweetness ’cause the hops dry it out before it hits mid -palatte. the hops are papery flat tho, not rich and resiny like anchor’ steam’s eager hoppy bitterness. still, it succeeds admirably as a brief denizen of my rapt attention.
themorningzoo (49) - Fairbanks, USA - MAR 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A complex beer that has nice color and great taste. I think it has a nice balance that will keep people coming back for more.
Indra (2655) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2006 Color is medium orangey-copper. Effervescent, but with average size head. Slightly fruity aroma with a dash of hops. Flavor is largely malty, with some definite light fruity flavors, but then hop flavors are right on its heels. Finish is largely hoppy, and I would say this beer has good balance. It’s an interesting alternative to Anchor, and tastier than I was expecting given the contents of the rest of this box.
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thirst-quenching malt flavor that’s very easy to drink. Some bready/nuttiness. Light, yet malty & hoppy, and seemingly well-balanced. Dry, clean finish. Good session beer.
PhillyBeer2112 (2540) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2002
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not labelled as a steam beer but I was certain thats what it was, both from aroma/flavor and hints on the label. (iceless fermentation, 1894 style, Gold Rush style beer, etc.). Anyway: light head, with copper color and med lacing. Aroma is strongly fruity -pear? Flavor is cleaner though, mainly bitter...an interesting contrast to the aroma.
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 7, 2002
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 Dull amber without much head. The aroma is caramel, abundant fields of grain and a light fruitiness. Palate is strange - like pear juice, with some caramel. There’s a weirdness I can’t put my finger on. The body is somewhat watery, and maybe a bit thin, but it’s also doughy. Very strange. The finish is sweet, again with a somewhat innocuous pear juice note. When I first had this sample pack, 9 1/2 years ago, I kind of like this beer. Now, I really don’t. The sweetness is mild and body sufficiently soft that it should be at least pleasant if not pleasing. But it isn’t. Maybe it’s too cloying. Maybe it’s a bit strange, like dirty yeast or ancient brewing equipment strange. That might be it. This beer smacks of old Communist-era brewing equipment. Hmm.