radiomgb (2363) - 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.
drewbeerme (3879) - 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.
Aubrey (3451) - 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.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber color with a beige head. Aroma of caramel malt and spices. Flavor of malt and spices. Has a little alcohol warmth.
PhillyBeer2112 (2540) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very attractive, an orange-tinted ruby, with an even firm layer of foam which dissipates gradually leaving a pitted creamy head that clings just right. Nicely clear and almost glowing. Aroma is a bit of a letdown, with a strong earthiness joined with winter spices of nutmeg and ginseng. Highly reminiscent of Anchor's OSA but without the malt layers to support it. Surprisingly, the flavor makes me take that back: a nicely pillowed backbone of toasted biscuity malt, a complement of earthiness. The spices are subdued, mainly present in the aftertaste, and not well defined. Hop flavors are difficult to identify but are well balanced in the semi-dry finish. Not too bad for a spiced ale, although I think they could do better after a few more wintry attempts at it.
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.
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.
Pailhead (5061) - Brownstown, 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.
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.
JCW (1275) - 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.