JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Malty sweet in both the aroma and the flavor. Balance well with hops. Maybe a little pepper is the only spice I might notice. Slightly bitter on the finish.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good beer but a little too much on the grapefruity side to be among my favorites. 9% not noticeable at all. Spiced, but I didn't notice it very much. However, why the hell don't brewers tell you on the label that you are buying a spiced beer? The elusive 600th rating for me, lets see what the current song is...
TAR (2685) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2004 Inspiring sticky off tan foam, which excels in rockiness and retention. Crystal clear rust. Beautiful aromatic concoction of spruce and earthy hop characteristics. Underneath rests soft notes of beets, bubblegum, and cream. Very bready with a hint of grapefruit rind. Wow! Such velvety carbonation; uncannily similar to a cask ale. Evenly distributed bitter hop and bready malt flavors, before a note of dark honey and fig. Clean, yet lingering finish chock full of sweet bready malt coupled by a dollop of spruce. The only miscue is the trace of acidity, which I found in the finish. Reminds me of a Double Bastard, only with more modesty. An amazingly easy drinker considering its high complexity ,abv, and body. Note: I was looking forward to more spices. Thanks, ecrvich.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big head at first; dies down quick; leaves behind some rather intricate lace patterns. Deep, dark amber in color with a reddish hue. Spicy, somewhat vinous nose. Toasty caramel notes. Rather spicy, with allspice, cinnamon, and "hot" and peppery ginger flavors. Hints of citrus... and maybe even a bite of lemon. Bitterness shows in the finish and aftertaste; kind of hides behind the spices though. A little spicier than I like, but still pretty good.
Ernest (7346) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted light bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (grapefruit, flowers), with notes of allspice, clove, cinnamon, ginger, hint of alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, heavily bitter, lightly acidic. Medium to full body, watery (almost creamy) texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. IMHO, this is what Igloo *should* be, and the brewer hinted that it was closer to this about ten years ago. Rich, warming without burning, big spiced aroma, but watch out for the crushing bitterness in the end (helped by the spices, I’m sure, which makes Lakefront’s Holiday Spice almost as bitter), only barely held together with the residual malt sweetness. Very good winter warmer if you like the spicy ones.