wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nice dark copper hue with a fine, creamy head--light tan in color. The head was made up of fine bubbles and left rings of lace all down the side of the glass.
The nose is mostly malt with a hint of molasses and vague implications of basal malts to provide depth and support the necessary maltiness. Slight vegetal aromas of East Kent Goldings and maybe Eroica hops.
The first tase is really quite nice--maltiness with hop background and a warming character from the alcoholic gravity of the Wee Heavy. Flavors of malt, caramel, molasses and spices like mild pumkin pie spice. I would recommend this one to anybody who values maltiness with nice hop support. It's a beer thats probably 60% malty/40% hop great character.
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very faint aroma; dark reddish-brown color with a tall long-lasting head; smooth rich feel; slightly sweet, complex taste with some smokiness in the finish; a very good beer
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 (5732) - 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 (559) - 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 (2667) - 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 (2570) - 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.