TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shiny copper. Dense and creamy off-white foam. Round, slick, flowery hop aromas coupled with anise, spruce, citrus, and toffee whispers. Firm, slick body. Creamy carbonation. Fresh flowery hops gain support from spicy anise and chewy passion fruit. Soft, syrupy undertones flirt with a light leathery malt twang. Hops go from being citrusy to herbal at the core of the brew. Somewhat peppery finish as the hop pungency persists alongside a layer of muted malt sweetness. Passion fruit flavors remain with a relentless spicy hop leaf and tangerine rind note. Gotta love the unique hop bill. Interesting but delicious winter seasonal.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber/red color,small white head that faded quickly but left a tiny lace behind.The aroma was Malt and citrus with a slightly sweet side.The taste was malty and sweet at first with a decent mild citrus,then a change to a mild bitter hops and malt with a decent hop after taste.Very nice brew in fact i didn't expect mush better then less then mediocre but it turned out much better.Well worth trying if you can find it.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the aroma, I get rich malt at first, followed by piney, citrusy hops. Color is copper-red, off-white head leaves some lacing. A nice blend of hop flavors dominates the taste, with caramel malt coming out next, and it finishes with a good kick of hop bitterness. Medium-full body. I can't make out any spices in this one. Prett good winter warmer.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and clear amber-copper color, nice foamy off white head that leaves some lace in the glass, malty caramel aroma, sweet malty nutty flavors, medium bodied with a soft and light mouthfeel. It does finish with a nice and clean dryness , not bad at all.
Beaver (1201) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The Never Summer poured a ruby red, with a thin head that dissipated quickly to a collar. It had a pleasing sweet malt smell with a hints of spices. It has a sweet malt start with a spicy, hoppy finish. The tastes are well balanced. The palate was a little on the thin side. Overall, a nice winter brew...great tasting, and very drinkable.
haddon90 (1374) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby pour with a nice tan head. Mild aroma. Caramel, spice, and a tad bit of hops. Hoppy taste. Some spice in the taste as well. Overall pretty good. Not what I expected and I was impressed!!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well-carbonated red-amber body and soft beige head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, and Cascade hops plus a hint of cheese. Flavor suggests a decent amber actually. Hop quality is subdued but fresh and interesting. Spice and tangy notes as well. Medium, malty body. A fair beer but the least of the three "Looking Glass" beers.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A spicy nose. Taste is largely hops with some of those spices coming through. Not a typical North American winter ale (i.e. dark and heavy on the nutmeg or cinnamon-type spices), but spices nonetheless. Odd finish, with a bit of a 'tang' on it.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2004 Hoppy, reminds me of the Hazed and Infused but not QUITE so hoppy. Has a Hog Heaven thing going on there too, although that's a different brewery.
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red-copper body, keeping a white head. Flora/perfume hop aroma. The flavor was weaker, with a long bitter and slightly metallic finish. Biggish carbonation with lots of life in the body.