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.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mike says, "IPA turned Old Ale." I say, "Happy trainwreck!" This stuff rocked. Fantastic malts--caramel, biscuits, sweet figs and plums. Great hop *bite* and flavor but little bitterness. I venture to say that Top Secret Brewmaster’s Spice is cinnamon...and for some reason the word cardamom pops to mind. Awesome. Thanks to Eyedrinkale!
SDalkoholic (2261) - 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!
shadey (1998) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange color with no head. Great aroma. Rich and complex. The flavor is also rich and well balanced. Really nice beer. Heavy mouth with a long finish. Rich and savory. Delicious.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2004 Clear copper color with an aged, spicy aroma. The taste is what it is all about. Caramel, oak, light smoke, malt and dried fruits are all apparent. This is one that will age very nicely as I guess the last batch was a while ago.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of cinnamon, soy, and caramel. Taste is hoppy, big caramel/slight soy maltyness. Long finish. A very good big beer.
rajendra82 (986) - 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.
beastiefan2k (2904) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, 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.
Ernest (6834) - 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.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, 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.