Ernest (7282) - 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 (1635) - 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 (5328) - 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.
aracauna (3495) - Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a large, airy head that’s a bit on the yellow side. The aroma is malty, toffee, caramel and a bit of wood. The flavor is moderately sweet, more of that toffee and wood malt and a lingering bitterness in the finish.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours into the glass a deep amber color with very little head. Aroma is a bit weak. Flavor is a little sweet with malt and herbal overtones.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
In the bottle. Reddish brown in color with a tan head. Toasted aroma. The first taste wave is sweetness. Then something odd happens: you get this amazingly weird grass taste. Beer finishes with an odd ketone off-flavor. This is a strange one indeed.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours out copper red with a nice whittish head. Sweet malty toffee aromas. Malty flavor with a thinish body carmel and sweet noted with a hint of bitterness at the end. Not bad at all but needs some more body.
pivo (2660) - GERMANY - APR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Caramelly doughy nose, deep amber color, low frothy head on sides of glass. Sweet medium toaste malt with a hint caramel flavor. Metallic-ish end with only a little hop character. Big body, good balance. Rather reserved but quality brewing and well done overall.
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice amber color, small cushion of a head, no visible carbonation. Medium hops and also malt-caramel nose. Honey and caramel taste with a herbal - sage - finish. Thin bodied. Thanks a lot arnoud for putting that into our suitcase!