PhillyBeer2112 (2544) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Perhaps my least favorite so far of the "Looking Glass" line of beers. Starts with a nice complexity, with aroma that hints of orange-chocolate, caramel, earthy and spicy hops. But the flavors never meld: unbalanced orangey sweetness up front, unbalanced earthy bitterness in the finish. A cinnamon or nutmeg muted spiciness is in there somewhere but doesn't add much.
igneous1 (1505) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
she's a copper/amberish color..slight head at best. aroma is filled with lots of piney hops and lots of spices too and even a little caramel in there as well.. the same in the flavor...except the hops in the flavor taste as human perspiration smells, but as always, in a good way. quite tasty indeed
legion242 (2268) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper; very little head. Hoppy dryness. Bold malty characters develop towards the middle. A hint of coconut rises also.
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep, reddish-brown in color with a big, lasting head and draping lace patterns. Charismatic nose is spicy, with cinnamon and allspice being most evident. Mouthfeel is lightish and easy to quaff, but smooth with a noticeable texture. Malts are roasty, nutty and sweet. Hops are spicy and only slightly bitter, though the bitterness seems to build in the finish. Peppery and dryish. Funny that ecrvich calls it "the little brother of Killer Penguin," as I was thinking the same thing while drinking it. Good stuff; a pleasure to drink.
Ernest (6345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 2007 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is clear dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, malt syrup), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), lightly yeasty (dough), with notes of clove and orange peel. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation. A bit raw and ordinary, but not bad.