oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber. Aromas of malts/toffee/spice. Flavors of malts, caramel and some backend hops.
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had a spare diminishing head and a light brown color. It was a nice smooth tasting beer with no aftertaste.
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slight cloudy amber color with an average head and minimal lacing. Nice roaster nut aroma with a bittersweet taste.
twindadplus2 (627) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brownish red with a medium sized, creamy head. Aroma is a lot of roasted, nutty malt and caramel with a hint of fruity sweetness. Flavor is malty sweet with an acidic bitterness that complements the malt well. Finishes with a nice bittersweet alcohol taste. A good beer worth keeping on hand through the winter..
pinkzambia (1682) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Reddish-brown, somewhat cloudy with a tan, small frothy head and semi-sticky lacing. This northwest winter classic is pretty good. Aromas are characterized by sweet spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, lemony hops, wheat and alcohol. The tastes are at first bitter representing the British hop presence and then it works into a sweet alcohol finish. Btw, the alcohol is 6.2% (perhaps, the stats above are for Utah :)). The carbonation is pretty high and delivers a slight burn. I imagine this is due to the alcohol as well.
marcus (7545) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This amber ale poured with a modest off-white head. The initial taste was fairly sweet and malty, with a slightly acidic finish. This was a satisfying, but unremarkable beer.
Ernest (6723) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, roasted nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot), with a light note of wort.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Not a whole lot going on with this one, and there is a bit of a raw/unfermented worty character to it...homebrewers may dig that smell more than me.
Beaver (1456) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a creamy light tan head that goes to a film that laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate, some grassy hops and a little cherry.
The flavor is sweet toffee malts with some slightly tart cherry fruitiness and a musty earthiness - kind of a strange combination. It is medium bodied and has a good level of carbonation.
Overall, it’s nice and is drinkable, but not too exciting. It seemed like more of a fruit beer than a pale ale.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber brown body, short white head. Sweet malty, slightly woody, slightly herbal aromas. Sweet maltiness with a tannic tea-like bitterness in the background. Leans too far to the sweet side and never really satisfies.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 9, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2005 A good beer just needs more malt, hops and time. This was just not a great winter warmer. Some people say to give it time to gain flavor I think this beer is missing it’s winter flavor and will never gain it. I am hoping this is just a bad bottle.