Crit (3657) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear red??? Mine was cloudy brown, with small tan head. Good malt nose promises more than the brew delivers. Light sweet malt flavor with very mild hopping
3fourths (8879) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear ruby red, sweet cherry and wood aroma, like a cherry flavored liquor. Biting cherry flavor with an even smooth palate and a crisp finish. Very sweet, and pleasant.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice looking clear reddish color w/ a 1/2 inch yellow/tan head. Not much aroma. Lots of subtle flavors, hoppy, citrus etc. Nothing really grabs you. Good, but not great.
bhindbluis (17) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark, reddish color. Good flavor of hops and malt. great finish, but not so smooth you don't notice it.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very nice dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of malt and caramel. Medium chewy palate with little carbonation. Flavor is mostly malty with some toffee and nutty flavors. A good beer, but too one dimensional.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super nice color which seems dark chestnut brown, ahh but hold it to the light and it becomes a lovely glowing amber agate with a deep reddish tone, gorgeous color. Head is tannish and thin, leaves very minimal lace. Aroma is all malts, sweet, dulled citrusy-like, fresh, touching on some caramel and nutty bagel dough. Taste has a smooth and easy malt profile, very drinkable, lightly sweet, some caramel, lightly chewy, bready light, some notions of dulled citrus melon, nutty dryness and dried hops come in late with some light dryness and calm bitterness. Solid medium body feel with a smooth, lightly creamy start and center, a bit chewy, finish goes to lighter drying of hops and nuts with a touch of bittering bite. A nice drinker this one! Quite subtle with a good amount of easy hefty malts. Its like taking Capital's Autumnal Fire and blending it with their Amber.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber with a brilliant redness. Frothy head with smooth, rolling bumps; thin but abundant lace patterns. Mouthfeel was smooth, soft, silky and oily, with some spikes of sharp carbonation. Roasted malts, nutty, chocolatey and cozy. Hops show up a little in the aroma, but mostly as aromas/flavors near the finish (spicy, grassy, piney and slightly tart/citrusy). Some bitterness creeps into the finish, but not much and it doesn't seem to last long. Pleasant, but it doesn't have a spicy bite or hit you over the head with flavor or alcohol.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with nice head and decent lacing for the style. The aroma is very light with a musty hop presence to it. The flavor was pretty assertive compared to the aroma, large hop presence with a citrus/pine finish. The finish lasted a little too long though, made the mouth feel slightly dirty. This wasn't that great of an EPA and an even worse winter ale.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2003
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours mahogany, with almost no head. Malt aromas, with some nutty hints, just a bit sour or musty. Flavor starts out malty, then slightly sweet, finishing a bit citrusy. All of it seems a bit muted. The palate is a bit cloying though. Nothing outstanding about this one.
Reid (2178) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Comes in a 12 oz brown long neck with a picture of what looks like a sled dog on the label.
Very nice looking dark brown coloured beer, with a 1 inch creamy off white head..dissapates but leaves excellent lacing down the glass.
Very strong aroma of roasted malts and an almost wine like alcohol scent..detect some spiciness.
Nice strong chocolate malt taste, then mid tongue it gets spicy almost peppery shows some slight hops at the end..and a good alcohol warming in the throat.
Very nice on the tongue not dry at all.great long lasting aftertaste.
I was surprised how much I liked this ale even in the early summer..pretty drinkable in my books.