igneous1 (1498) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 23, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
color is very dark with just a slight amount of light showing through...reddish. thin to non-existent head...leaving only a ring. some roastiness in the flavor, but there is a whole lot of sour going on in this one. roastiness in the nose as well...but the finish is just damned sour.
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown but transluscent. Tastes more like a porter than an Oktoberfest. Full-bodied, roasted/burnt coffee flavors prominent in all parts of the taste. Perhaps a little too thin on the mouthfeel. Warming, nice!
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good, I feel the beer I had tasted nothing like what the other raters had: decent head. Roasted nut / coffee aroma....taste followed suit, sweet, slightly syruppy finish. Well done.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fruity aromatic brew. Traces of apricot. Light and sweet.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
They should call this Spring Ale because drinking it makes me think of Easter Egg solution. Too vinegary & sour.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
amber. Thinner body, medium carbonation. Sour/sweet chalky metallic tastes. bad bottle, or do i just not like the sour notes? i dunno, but i’m not planning on trying it again, thank you very much.
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Pretty color but not much going on in the flavor. I found it neither malty nor hoppy. It was not as good as their Christmas seasonal.
jsquire (3479) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper in color with a fizzy, tan head and lots of bubbles. Very malty sweetness with faint flavors of something toasted. There is a sour in the finish that impaired my enjoyment of this okay beer.
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2007 Dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of roast and ??? Very malty flavor, almost as malty as a malted milkshake.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Weird burnt aroma and that appears again in the flavor. Unusual, but that’s not a bad thing. Tasting and smelling like burned leaves after raking the yard, I’d have to say the 6.7% abv is extremely well-hidden here. Nice effort. I don’t share everyone’s disappointment with this beer - I think it’s a sourish, quality effort from an otherwise pathetically lame brewery.