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 (3482) - 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 (2051) - 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.
vw86ggti (14) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very drinkable winter ale. Not to overpowering. Pours a fluffy brownish head. Complex flavor with traces of winter spices. A thick bodied beer. Reccommended for a very easy drinking winter ale.
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A brown clear ale with an off white head. A caramel aroma and a touch sweet. The flavor is bitter up front with caramel and some nuttiness to follow. The bitter does linger a bit.
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish brown with a tiny white head. Looks very carbonated. Smells of caramel, hops and malt. Taste hops, caramel and malt and has that wet dog flavor.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
hoppy with a strong oaky yeastyness. sweet malt fills in the rest. A bit weak for a winter ale