BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle: Bottle conditioned. Somewhat cloudy medium amber with orange-red highlights when held to light and a medium yellow-eggshell colored head. Aroma is spicy/grassy hops, light spice, hints of toasted malt, caramel, light pepper, wet towel, with a touch of dough towards the end. Taste is spicy, almost peppery, hops, a hint of grapefruit, light caramel, beer-soaked bread, toasted malt, clove-orange, a hint of fruity yeast, and then more spicy hops finish things off. Medium bodied and creamy at times, while at other times I feel like it’s slightly watery and dead, moderate-medium carbonation, I’d like it to be just a bit more dry in the finish (which is watery, with spicy/floral hops notes lasting).
DYCSoccer17 (3158) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly piny aroma to start, turning extremely sweet in the nose. The sweetness is amazing with hints of cocoa powder as well. An interesting and pleasant aroma. Mildly hazy copper color with an off-white head. I’d like this to be darker. This is a weird ale. There are some mild piney hops throughout with some roasted malts and lots of sweetness, but not overly cloying. Almost milky and cream-like. A bit spicy and just very different. Enjoyable, though.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another one of their attempts at a blended beer. This one’s dark and coppery with a very thin ring of white bubbles. Smells appley with some hints of orange juice. Taste is very caramelly with some strange nutty elements on the finish.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cuivrée en couleur, très faible mousse beige pale. Malt, houblon citronné et floral d’influence anglaise, un peu boisé, traces de cuivre et haut indice de sucre en arôme. Noisettes, vieilles feuilles de menthe et léger caramel en bouche. Corps plutôt mince, carbonatation effacée. Échantillon en fût au American Beer Fest, Boston, 18 Juin 2005.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 22 oz bomber. From my best friend, Scott, Poured a dark amber, clear, with a small fizzy white head. Aroma was sweet+caramel+hops. also apples and fruit. Nice. Taste was caramel, burnt a bit, with some fruit in there as well. Tasted some cinnamon, smooth, good beer.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear light orange with a fluffy off white head that left some nice lacing. Nose: Citrus hops, some piney hops, caramel malt, green apples and peaches.
Taste: bread, peaches, toffee and some undifferentiated spices. Medium bodied. Finishes with a nice hop bite.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The last of the goodies sent to me by OldGrowth, Many Thanks Tom. This beer reminded me of Stone’s Lee’s Mild, possibly because its been so long since I had the latter(and my memory doesn’t serve me as correctly as it once did). Light amber colored, translucent looks like a cup of tea. Flavors are very earthy, with a cinnamon, maple flavor that is balanced with a mild dose of Noble hops. Thin bodied. Finish is most spice with a lingering flavor of old leaves.
CamdenD (1028) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2005 Nicely surprising beer. Bartender told me it would be "maltier" than most beers, but this beer had great balance, was very drinkable, with a good kick. Nice, nice winter ale.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
this was surprisingly tastey... nice caramel and malt notes... heats ya up right quick... had the pleasure of meeting Old Growth at Bauer... good times!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 bottle. Pours a light orangish-yellow, with some bright hints of burnished gold in there. Light beige head, clear appearance. Aroma is wonderfully fruity, lightly spicy (hot cinnamon). Very estery with a dose of mild bready malt on the end. Flavor begins well enough, with a light hops flavor (papery, lightly floral and bitter). Some dry caramel malting along the way, with more of a strange zesty spice. However, this beer went horribly flat and watery quickly, which did not help the papery, dry, astringent nature of it. Hops dry the beer out excessively and though it does not get overly bitter, it just tastes stale and like chewing on paper. A dose of fruity esters, a touch of alcohol on the finish.