SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from Santa. Pours a ruby red color with a light red head. Nose is nice and fruity, light hops, grapefruit, lots of malt, and sugar. Taste is somewhat toasty, lots of malt sweetness, light grapefruit, citrusy hops and some ligh tpine notes.
kujo9 (1091) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber, props and thanks to JCW!!!! Lightly hazy deep amber w/a lasting light bege medium sized head. Rich, malty, and caramelly aroma. Some light citrusy hops behind the malty facade! A bit of toasty malt to go along with the caramel. Also a bit bready and has hints of alcohol. Also a bit piney! Itís well balanced with a caramelly and toasty flavor up front, but finishes semi sweet with a bit of lingering bitterness. Some light alcohol in the flavor mid palate; The citrusy hop flavor is not strong as this oneís mostly about the malty sweet flavor, but it keeps the sweetness from getting out of hand. Medium body, smooth at first, but becomes dry in the mouth after swallowing, possibly a bit due to alcohol which is a bit warming. About 2% alc. away from being a barleywine. It has a lot of the flavors of a BW, but not quite the alcohol content. Very good!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big thanks to Foolish_Mortal for this one.
Pours a dark amber ,clear with a head of creamy tan bubbles. Nose is killer of hops,I mean Jeffrey Dahmer killer. There is some underlying maltiness but shit with all those hops,who cares??? Well,the flavor is much less intense hop-wise and more complex with some grains and caramel tones hoppín in the backseat.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown/amber with a big creamy off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, citrus and pine. Flavor is caramel, toffee and loads of spicy, citrusy hops, some hints of dark fruits. Texture is creamy and chewy.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is strongly hoppy, full, a touch of malts. Pours with a giant, awesome, thick as foam head that is difficult to pierce with the lips (well, almost). Flavor is also very hoppy though carries malts well, with a touch of chocolate and yeast. Well balanced though still packs a nice punch.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a total surprise. Figured it would be a, err...I dunno, some type of strong hoppy thing that Iíd not like so well. Instead, I found a variety of malts, a rich toffee-like conglomeration that included tobacco, maple syrup, lots of caramel, biscuit, some small herbal qualities, peatiness, and a finishing hoppiness that manages to be clean and leave the aftertaste of those sweet, luscious, red bean curd cookies that the Japanese love. Drizzled in butterscotch. Like a ball of orange juice wrapped in a pillow in zero-G, the mouthfeel was round, soft, and sugary. Head abundant and color a cloudy yet shimmering Martian red.
mustangjoe (183) - redondo beach, California, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This is an absolutely terrific beer to look at. Beautiful ruby red/amber coloring with a tan head that lasted forever and left lacing all the way down the glass. Both the hops and malts come through in the aroma. Very nice. The flavor is mostly of caramel malts, but the hops once again come through. A very enjoyable brew to drink and to look at.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
GABF 05. Pours a deep brown with a floral and hoppy aroma. Flavor picks up where the aroma leaves off. Good stuff.
HogTownHarry (5912) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (650ml). Poured deep clear ruby brown (if this were a single malt, Iíd marry it) with a massive light brown foamy rocky head that leaves a thick sticky lacing. This oneís very hoppy (yes, typical full-spectrum Bear Republic hop-hit), but thereís more resin/woodiness and sweet roasty malt - and yeast - than Iím used to, also reminds me a bit of Belhavenís "petrol" nose and taste. The taste on this one is wonderfully balanced - this *is* hoppy, but there are many other elements - spruce resin, mild roast malt, a hint of caramel, lots of leaf and moss character that comes out more as it warms. Mouthfeel is quite encompassing, somewhat flat, but complex. One of my favorite BRís to date.
JK (4174) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 There is a pleasant herbal hop aroma that includes brown sugar. Dark red, with a very thick head that lasts. Several flavors. I can see the Scottish ale influence in the sweet malt, and this is combined with lightly bitter hops. Somewhat sweet.