apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown ale with a cranberry nose. Cranberry also abounds in the flavor. Mildly malty, somewhat nutty and even roasty. A very nice balance of complexities. Somewhat wintry and refreshing.
notalush (5671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnt orange/rust in color, with respectable lacing - quite malty aroma, with some smoke, bread, yeast - smokiness in the flavor hides timidly behind the sweet caramel, biscuit and subtle fruit flavors, but still makes its presence known - medium-bodied but quite creamy, with a wonderfully silky mouthfeel - impressive brew.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dense amber brown: picture if you will part muskrat umber, part boot leather russet, capped with a splendidly complementary gauze of tan foam. here's a real malt lovers brew, it's lightly smoky and sweet, rich with dark tobacco and more of that boot leather, a touch of melon and cocoa-tinged graininess. aroma tells no lies, these niceties are all there in the flavor. while it's hard to spot the hops in the aroma, there is a gentle bitterness in the finish. vastly better than the "regular" belhaven, it has puissance and texture, creamy and satisfying. i only wish it was stronger still-- and easier to find.
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red body with a small white head. Some lacing as well. Malts mainly in the aroma. The flavor started out with some smoky taste, but mellowed to malts and carmels as it wamred. Tingly finish.
pivo (2657) - GERMANY - DEC 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet toasted malt nose, mohagany color, rocky head. Cherry fruitiness comes immediately to mind - like fruit punch at times. Very little hop character or bitter. Very full mouth with round soft edges. Pretty smooth.
YogiBeera (2567) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kind of a band aid nose. Smokey taste, but also sweet / in a good balance though. Smooth what is suprisingly / medium aftertaste with bitter tones.
Evster64 (107) - Kempner, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lightly sweet, caramel aroma, beautiful dark amber in color with even head ... bittersweet start with a light hoppy spike in the middle, settles in to a nice smokey/malty finish. A unique blend of flavors, indeed ... would drink again without hesitation.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Malty sweetness dominates the aroma with hints of caramel and dark smokey fruit. Flavor is sweet smoked malt with a little buttery caramel. This ale is a little thiner than what I was expecting. I do like the much heavier mouth feel of McEwans, but that does not make this bad, just makes it easy to drink a few more.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with ruby color. Large thick, beige frothy head with very good lacing. Aroma is smoky, roasted toffee and hops. WOW!! Very smooth and tasty with a creamy mouth feel. Flavor is not as sweet as aroma suggests (which I like). Some alcohol flavor on the finish but otherwise, surprisingly delicious overall. Definitely an interesting ale.
sloth (2780) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium size rocky tan/white head. Clear, beautiful amber/red brew.Malty, fruity, baked bread nose. Med/full body, creamy mouthfeel. Not overly sweet. Grainy malt flavor, clean, faint roastiness with some smoke also. Finish is medium sweet. Well balanced brew.