rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Eyedrinkale. Rich gold with a thin tan head. Nose is buttery, vinous, light brown sugar. A bit hot with butter/butterscotch and rich malt.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - MAR 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Eyedrinkale. Red-amber colored. Nice white head leaves decent lacing. Perhaps a touch oxidized in aroma, strange spices also. Fairly smooth, alcohol is very much in the background. Some ginger flavors. Nice.
flemdawg (559) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish orange color with an off white head. Sweet carmel, sugar candy aroma with some florals. Some veggies in the taste along with some sweetness and some bitterness. This one may have been past its prime but still enjoyable.
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: #600. Lots of caramel in the aroma with some light hops for balance. Pours a dark amber with a nice off-white head with good retention. Flavor is caramel and wood with a light hop finish. Thanks to Eyedrinkale.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew pours with a clear amber body topped by a medium thick head with great lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with nice caramel notes and great hoppy notes, as well as, alcohol esters. The flavor is bitter and hoppy with a slight sweetness, a touch of caramel and a little alcohol. Full bodied and smooth.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden orange hue with a halo of a head. Aromas of spice, honey, roasted malt with flavors of the same. This bottle was about 3 years old, so they say, and the alcohol was barley noticable.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours brownish amber, large foamy sand colored head, sticky lacing, with lively carbonation. Sweet Gingersnap like aroma, somewhat malty, gives off either an American Strong Ale or Barleywine like aroma as well. Fairly strong ginger taste up front, subtle hops, sweet malts, slight caramel, feels somewhat heavy. Strong body, medium mouthfeel. Finishes with a bit more of a hop bitterness than the start, and maybe some pine. Interesting that it smelled and somewhat tasted like Gingersnaps. Unique, and quite tasty. Thanks goes out to Eyedrinkale for the trade!
rajendra82 (1041) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received a while back in a trade from eyedrinkale, I am finally getting around to sampling this beer. From the brown 22 oz. bomber, to the glass, the beer looked reddish orange, and clear, with a smallish head, and a steady stream of carbonation underneath.
The aroma was malty, with strong notes of coriander, orange peel, and roasted grain. The alcohol was also pretty evident on the nose. The taste was similar to a Belgian Tripel, with spicy tart alcohol, candi sugar, rum, and orange peel. There was a lot more hop bite here than a Tripel, however.
Although full to medium bodied, and with a very bready character, the beer still managed to come across as light and airy. The alcohol did not detract from drinkability at all.
Well balanced and satisfying in almost every department. Seek this one out.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 14, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2004 A red and brown color resting in my glass with a thick layered head on top that is a true beauty. The lacing left behind looks like a spider web was made. Has a hoppy pine smell and the flavor has a hop presence that lively ups the citrus and spices. Thanx to Eyedrinkale!
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cinnamony earthy spicy stuff - what else? Nutmeg? Has what I like to call "flat" malting - back of the toungue breadiness. Cascade? Yes, some pine, but mixed in with a lot going on. Very nice.