TBone (11753) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (BB 04/2006)
Clear ruby red color, small off-white head. Rye-malty aroma with some barnyardish notes. Malty, a bit hoppy too. Good palate for a 4.5% brew. Balanced, solid but a bit boring beer.
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the bottle, pours a clear amber with visible rising carbonation bubbles leading to a foamy off-white head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts. Tastes malty, with some bitters. Tasty, but finishes of bitter grassy hops. Not a pleasant aftertaste.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Amber with rich white head. Soapy caramel aroma. Clean caramel flavour, notes of oranges and grass. Carmel and cedarwood in the short finish.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle shared thanks to weeare138. Bottle notched best before April 06. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, caramel and light cardboard. Tastes of citrus and caramel. Body on the watery/thin side.
TomDecapolis (4387) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to weeare138. Pours a rusty orange amber with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, picking up some lighter hops. Flavors of the same. Nothing too breakthrough but a middle of the road Amber Ale.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Rich white head. Fruity lager aroma, almost like a Czech. Rich in CO2. I think I could taste a bit of rice in this brew, both in aroma and taste. Slightly thin body and a bit oxidized perhaps.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of tupalev. Pours a clear dark amber with an average size diminishing off-white head. Very mild, fairly well balanced aroma of sweet malt and hops. Ridiculously mild flavour follows the aroma and adds a bit of spice and fruit but just isn’t that good. Medium bodied. Just plain average.
MattShizzle (532) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a good beer! Nice and hppy, very full flavored for its strength. Pretty low alcohol for a winter ale, though.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, tupalev & jerc - courtesy of tupalev. (My notes are pretty sketchy on this one - it was pretty late in the tasting...) Amber-brown with a small head. Aroma and flavour are both nice and well-balanced, with a good sweetness and fresh hops, bit it didn’t really say "winter" to me.
Gorbalev (2888) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared Jerc, Hogtown Harry, GregClow, and blankboy. I think I brought it. Medium brown, small white head. Subtle aroma with only a hint of sweet malt. Taste was quite ordinary as well; sweet, with a slight hint of cinnamon and some hops in the middle and end. Very easy to drink and flavourful enough, but also pretty unremarkable.