Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Conditioned - Surprising good winter ale. Pours a burnt ruby read. Great head, great lacing. I probably drank it a few degrees too cold. So I started off good, and got better. Taste is somewhat complex. bittersweet chocolate, leather, peach, and maybe a few tiny notes of cherry. a perfect mix of not being overbaring, but not being boring either. Lots of different tastes going on, but none of them overpower your tasebuds. It had more carbonation than I expected, but still maintained a good palet. Good Brew
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled and enjoyed in my Ratebeer tulip:
Poured a rich ruddy brown hue with a mostly fading frothy head and did leave behind some lacing, some small floaties. The aroma has notes of caramel and chocolate malting, boyenberry and pear, floral hops, and aromatic pipe tobacco. The taste was a bit surprising but in a good way with the initial sweet and mocha flavor followed by a hit of acidic fruit and piney bitter. I expected it to be more traditional after the nose. A hint of sweet spice and earthiness appears on the finish. The feel is smooth yet not boring, could still be a bit heavier considering what it suppose to be. All in all, I was digging this beer more than I would have thought. It is not really a holiday offering or an English Strong for that matter, but solid and quaffable.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Darkelf for the sample. Rootbeer brown and clear with a thick head. Medium to light bodied and slightly watery. Aroma of cocoa, lightly roasted malts, dough, and faint hops. Chocolate in the flavor as well aslight hops and roasted malt. Overall not bad at all.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a thin tan head that fades. Aroma is apple and pair, a mild spice. Flavor is interesting , coheasive and of bittersweet chocolate, leather, pear, and a slight biscuit. The palate light to medium but slightly velvety.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red/brown, sizzling tan head. Sweet nose with cherry notes. Lightly flavored with sweet fruity tones, decent bitterness, and slight roastiness.
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet and Fruity is definatly a great way to describe this ale. It smells like peaches, and the taste continues the peachy trend. This is one of my first ales from Bridgeport and I was fairly impressed. Nothing too exciting, but itís definatly a great beer to sit around a fire and relax with! What a pleasure!
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Sweet, fruity (peaches!), floral and lightly perfumy suggests to me that a nice fruit beer is coming my way. Except that this is supposed to be a winter beer! I swear it smells just like peach Jello. Thereís hardly any malt or hops, and no roast at all, just peach Jello. With my expectations now diministed, Iím prepared for mediocrity. Well, itís not a fruit beer, of course, but itís pretty light for a winter. Lightly roasted malts, moderate sweetness, some spiciness and floral hops are the focal points here. The beer shows a nice balance, but the flavor leaves me wanting and the palate is somewhat thin and watery. The color is a ruddy brown, fairly dark, but not quite mahogany. Large tan head shows excellent retention, taking many minutes to settle down to even a quarter inch in height. The intricate lace pattern looks like it was dabbed on with a sponge, if you know what I mean. Other than being a pretty beer, this is just passable for a dark winter seasonal.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice little whitman sampler chocolate cherry soda here, a nice warming tumbler colored like burnt cedar red and beaver-tooth yellow. the head is a tortilla thin plain beige, but a beige way more charming than the conservative tan blah of houses in the american suburbs. nose suggests a cherry coke poured into cup of coffee with a twist of orange, plus fruit cake gelled citrus, hard candies, a bit of cinnamon roll. sweet, with dark ginger and raisin cake malts, a lively spritz of carbonation, given to softening with a little patience. the bitterness insists on not being overlooked, it has citrus oils seemingly giving it uumph. medium and pleasant, olí ebenezer scrouge likely lightened up a bit after a couple pints of this-- i know i did.
Krausen (102) - USA - MAR 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent ale, nose smelled strongly of celery salt. Good balance of malt and bitterness with a nice warming effect.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Saarlander. a little bit malty and a bit hoppy. but just a hint of an off flavor, canít quite place it. not a bad brew by any means just a bit different.