RSRIZZO (1846) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this beer on 4/2/2003. Aroma is a sweet malt scent like you would expect from a Scottish Ale. Color is a rich clear amber with very good carbonation and a nice head. Taste is malty and bitter. Starting with a full body that goes down with a mellow sharpness. Finish is a sweet rich malt flavor backed by quick bitterness. In the end it leaves you with a warm alcohol feel.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear dark red, nice fine light brown head, sweet citrus aroma, creamy body, big sweet carmel malt flavor with lots of hop character, low bitterness, good in a me-too imperial ipa kind of way,
Score: 3.8 to 3.0
thining out with muted hops but the fruity malt is not kicking in yet, a muddy middle age mess
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
drewbeerme (3836) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
rating from memory, had this around 11/06, 22oz bomber, purchased at Chuck’s wine and spirits outside of cleveland. pours dark amber, nose sorta old ale like, sweet caramel and fruits. taste was pretty enjoyable, sweet malts, fruits, chocolate, and subtle vegetable notes. pretty tasty and aged fine.
DarkElf (3013) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11-Sep-06 (22 oz bottle: Obtained 30-Jul-04 in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) Lots of age under this one, so the characteristics aren’t surprising; it tastes and smells malty, earthy (the aroma is almost pungently so), chocolaty and moderately sweet. Brown sugar and dark fruits, but it’s moderately sweet, staying far away from anything remotely cloying. Bitterness, either from roastiness or hops is very mild if it ever existed in the first place. Whatever spice might have been in this winter-warmer-gone-wild is tough to pick out at this stage over the earthiness and dark fruits. Really coming across as an aged old ale to me. As mentioned, the aroma is earthy, but unmistakable sweet fruits come out even more. Body is medium-full and medium carbonation has held up perfectly after two-plus years in the bottle. Light brown in color, the beer is cloudy out of the bottle, but it pretty much clears up completely over time. Small, light-tan head shows more life on the second (and thus warmer) pour, but either way, it settles to a filmy layer after not too long. Only a few wisps of lace stick to the glass. Very enjoyable to drink, but this has almost certainly transformed into quite a different beer from when it was fresh. And with the aging, it has followed a pretty standard transition toward earth and dark fruits, but the chocolate overtones give it a nice note of distinction.
beastiefan2k (2257) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale pulls out another killer... penguin that is. And an old one 2002 bottle. Poured dark amber with some lacing. Aroma is strong - a very mellowy old ale - definite presence with the plum/raison alcohol but with a strong fruit presence underneath that. Taste is amazingly mellow - no alcohol presence at all. Really strong heavy fruit flavor - heavy cherry. Grainy and malty as well. Finishes with absolutely no bitterness.
amboston (5) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This great beerpours a dark amber color., Lots of lacing and the aroma was sweet.
Taste was pretty much the same only sweeter. Strong malt presence but followed by a bit of hoppiness. The finish has almost a sugary flavor.The alcohol is hidden well. A pleasant and balanced beer.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampling at Radek’s courtesy of Eyedrinkale - cheers! Nice reddish-coppery-amber colour with great wafting maltiness. Caramel sweet and fruity aromas lead to a nice crisp hoppy flavour. Lingered nicely with just a touch of alcohol evident - very nice.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange amber in colour. Aroma was a nice balance of caramel malts, fruit and spices. The flavour was of citrus hops, some caramel, slightly sweet with some dark fruits. Medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes with some pepper heat.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear red, bubbly off white head. great aroma of dried fruit, soy, heard candy and malt. flavour is pleasantly tart with raisin and cherry. some molasses and sugasr flavours and roasted malt. finish dies early. nice.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep malty aroma eminating from a dense white head. Red/brown, slight haze. Big toasted malt taste, slightly minty. Very clean finish. Only hints of sweetness which was nice.