Aubrey (3444) - 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 (6319) - 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.