DarkElf (3050) - 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. There’s hardly any malt or hops, and no roast at all, just peach Jello. With my expectations now diministed, I’m prepared for mediocrity. Well, it’s not a fruit beer, of course, but it’s 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, ol’ 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 (1142) - 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, can’t quite place it. not a bad brew by any means just a bit different.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich amber with creamy head. slight spiciness with malt aroma. Good malt flavor with a light pinch of bitterness. Smoother in the finish.
Bockyhorsey (2626) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just look at the commerical description for this one, it is right on. Great laceing in the glass also. One of the best I’ve had lately.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
spicey and doughy in the nose, some caramel and fruit; mild, sweet, burnt caramel flavor, a hint of nutmeg; smooth and creamy palate, nicely balancing bitter finish.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. I poured this beer very aggressively into my glass and the most perfect dense white head formed on top of the dark ruby/amber body. A few minutes later when returning to the beer, from washing out the bottle the most perfect head was gone but a thin layer of lace. Oh Well. The beer would turn out to be just as exciting. This beer was well above my expectations. There was a tangy tea quality that made this beer exceptionally drinkable. Malty, dried fruity, and earthy overtones rounded out this beer to make it excellent choice for a cold night.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured dark amber with a heavy foamy head and stringy lacing.
Aroma is a bit weak of hopps and very light malts.
Flavor is tangy and just a bit bitter, a slight roasty flavor is also hidden in there.
Very good easy drinking beer.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a beautiful dark ruby red with a perfect full creamy head. Aroma is somewhat weak. Sour malt and a slight bitterness. Mashed together flavors, some malt flavors, a bit earthy. Some sharpness but mostly mild in flavor and feel.