Crit (3561) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light fruit malt nose. Toasted malt flavor with medium finish. The alcohol heat rather spoils the beer in this case I feel
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark ruby brown with white head that disipates quickly. SOme caramel, hay, alcohol, mild hop bite, weird sour fruitiness (prunes) that I’ve smelled in some other beers. Not as big in the taste. Less than impressive and a bit watery.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stuff wants me to make a raodie up to WA. For an English Ale, this stuff kicks ass. So malty & floral with a perfect balance of malt. I love these guys.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3054) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Rokko Beer Diner, 7.2%. It pours a dark ruby brown that is almost black in the glass with a thick fizzy beige head plus good lacing. The aroma is malty with fruity fig plus candied plum notes. Medium to light bodied with a soft smooth mouthfeel but a bit chalky. The taste is nutty, light chocolate, leathery, earthy, sweet candied fruits like apricots... Kind of getting mild fruit cake notes & hints of spices in the finish. Pretty nice enough winter warmer.
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a deep mahogany color with a medium, creamy beige head. Nice lacing too. Nose is malty and dark fruits with citrus. Tastes malty and sweet with bits of caramel and a light woodiness. Warms up nicely. Thanks BuckDich!
IndianaRed (2865) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brew pub. Dark brown color with a thin light tan head. Aromas were dark and sweet of wood and caramel. Flavors were rich and woody wth some brown sugar and oak barrels. Not too much hop bitterness and a heavy feel. Not bad.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The color a translucent sanguineous color with the head Herculean in size and creamy in consistency, the color a toothsome light tan with the lace a mile thick atmosphere to save the glass from oxygen deprivation. Nose has a splendid hop floral aroma, under pinned by sweet malt, crisp, clean and fresh, over used I know, well at least as far as I’m concerned. Start is ambrosial, nicely malted and the top fair to middling in its feel, finish benignly acidic, hops out front in their spiciness, dry and lingering aftertaste, a fine example of a hopped up “Winter Warmer”.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber color shines through the fire light at the über tavern in Seattle. Faint white head with a pine and citrus aroma. Lightluly sweet toasted malts are quickly overwhelmed by a strong hop finish
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy, nearly opaque brick red. Sticky off-tan foam of large and small bubbles. Unexciting, airy aroma with a mixture of plummy malt, caramel, and subtle, but zesty, medicinal phenols. Mild scents of bubblegum. Loosely fuzzy and stingily spritzy. Harshly alcoholic and fairly tangy with leathery astringency gripping the back of the throat. Progressively less clean with brash phenolic spice that has just begun to develop, which adds more sharpness to the alcohol, and, along with the carbonic spritz, washes away any subtleties that lurk beneath. Overripe plum flavors spoil the finish and compound the astringency as phenolic-laden alcohol and lead shavings run rampant. Even in small amounts, this is tough to stomach. Fragile/infected or just old? I’m guessing the former.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew pours with a muddy brown body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight caramel note, a touch of alcohol and a little dark fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slight roastiness and a little hops, as well as, a little sourness. Medium bodied, slightly dry and a touch warming.