Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful honey color with a thick off white head. Smells like sweet maple syrup and grains. The taste is sweet and bitter at the same time, a good balance. This beer has a decent hoppy kick, and fairly active carbonation. Seasonal, so grab when possile.
verge (32) - USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this seasonal brew. Very nice hoppy flavor with plenty of citrus and pine notes. One of my top holiday brews.
mybrainhurts (390) - North Dakota, USA - FEB 19, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy water brown pour with a foamy yet soft white head. Aroma of fruity, floral hops and pine. Not much depth in the aroma. Flavors of citrus and grapefruit, perhaps a touch of toffee. Watery mouthfeel and bitter finish. I was hoping for more complexity with this offering but It seem rather one dimensional. As it warms a kiss of caramel emerges but it’s too late to really add anything. Overall, just ok.
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2007 12oz. bottle, best by 02/01/06. Dark amber, hazy with a smalll fizzy tan head. Aroma of spicy piney hops, with a little bit of caramel malts. Not really picking up much maltiness in the taste, just moderate hops and finishes fairly clean, except for a slight lingering bitterness. Also a bit of earthiness and warming alcohol as well. Not bad, will get again next year. 6-3-7-3-14--3.3 So anyways, I don’t feel like going through another entire rating again, but I’ll update. Best by 02/01/08. Why do I smell some tangerine/tropical citrus hops? Surely this isn’t Chinook? Just checked the site and now I see Magnum and Cascade are now included. This doesn’t smell Cascadey, so it must be the Magnum. The head is also larger and longer lasting. Bitterness peaked at a grassy 2-3 of 10. Creamy medium body with low carbonation. I have no idea how this resembles an English Strong Ale, since by my stats I flippin’ hate them. This, however, is quite nice.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy brown body. American hop, fruity aromas. Sweet, slightly syrupy body would be cloying if not for the high carb. Lots of caramel malts and good hop flavor. Stylishly odd, could be called an American IPA.
haddon90 (1602) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Jeremy for getting me this bottle in Oklahoma City! Pours a dark, hazy brown color with a frothy tan head. Hopsy aroma. As well as some floral notes and a hint of alcohol. Kind of subtle taste. Floral hops, as well as a hint of some citrus as well. Kind of a thic finish. Mild bitterness. An overall good ale.
Dorwart (2491) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great big light brown head. Kind of sloppy bubbles. Reduces slowly. Spruce and malts and a little floral hops. Maybe a little candied fruits and brown sugar. Color is a hazy dark brown. Sweet and fruity with more floral hops. A lot of caramel in there with some spices. Medium to heavy body. Finish is thick and sweet yet a little bitter. A pretty good ale.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz from Beerhandy. Pours a dark brown/amber color with a foamy light tan head. Nose is very sweet, caramel malt, lots of molasses and brown sugar, and some light hops. Taste is very sweet and malty, lots of sugar and candy spices, a bitter finish and a nice fizzy mouthfeel.
zombywoof (460) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Red hazy beer with a frothy head. The nose is spruce and floral. The nutcracker is no ball buster with a sweet caramelly resin flavor. Herbal and licorice hints. A floral complex finish.
kramer (5685) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, via ericmc83. Cloudy light brown pour with a small off-white head. Generous amounts of carbonation retains head well. Deep resiny hop aroma up front, with a sweet toffee malt base. Very sweet malt up front with a resiny/earthy hop bitterness in the middle. This just lacks any sort of depth or complexity. My vote for the style of this is Dumbed Down Barley Wine. Pretty thin with a watery finish, fine carbonation but too much of it. Boring mouthfeel. Not so good this one. Very weak in both flavor and complexity. Pretty confused after I saw so many high ratings when I entered this.