ryan (3186) - 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 (3259) - 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) - Pennsylvania, 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 (6375) - 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 (5741) - St. Louis Park, 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.
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big red pour. Sweet, floral, caramel aroma. Great hop flavor backed by some sweet malt and bitterness. Fairly straightforward but satisfying. Donít know if Iíd call it a "Scottish Red Ale."
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown color with a small off-white head that diminished slowly and good lacing. Complex sweet hop aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Full complex flavor with a moderate bitter finish. Very good strong ale.
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Damn fine beer. Iím a big fan of Bear republic and figured I would try something different than my staby of Hop Rod Rye. This was a pleasant change! Yummy as could be. Beautiful color, wonderful lacing as usual. Good stuff!