JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Portland Holiday Ale Festival 2004. Dark brown, some ruby tint, thick lihgt brown head. Sweet bready aroma, dark rye, light spice. Sweet bready malt with honey/molasses flavour before a nice spicy hop finish.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Bottle: reddish amber with a small off-white head. Aroma: grass, leaves, berries, spicy pine, citrus. Taste: spicy yeast, grass, pepper, grains, grapefruit, hops, roasted malts. Dry finish. 3. Re-rate: On tap at Papago brewing 12/2006: Same appearance, though showing some nice fruity scents in the nose: apples, berries, strawberry, as well as expertly proportioned hops (tasting very much of the English variety to me), earthy, grassy hops that blend perfectly with the sweet fruit and some earthy caramel malts. Taste has just the right amount of sweetness in the form of caramel, cola, light chocolate malts, strawberry, blackberry, and apple/fig fruits, counterbalanced by some mild grassy/bitter, earthy & floral hops. This one is much better on tap, or itís improved better years that Iíve tried it. Light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation. This one is so spot on for the style, itís hard to believe itís made by an American brewery, particularly in the hop-abused west. Well done.
egajdzis (5305) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark copper, purplish color with a small off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus and grassy hoppiness, and some light vanilla as well. Taste of sweet and roasted malts, lots of fruits, and a light bitterness from the hops.
cstuartj (963) - Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A step up from your average Bud but not a very good representitive of the style. It comes of very malty and thereís something sweet in the nose that I couldnít put a finger on and didnít enjoy.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - NOV 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a decent beer with OK taste. It was fairly creamy with a decent amount of malt to it. I would recommend this to anyone for the style.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice deep red color...Fluffy tan head that leaves excellent lacing on the sides of my glass...Lovely floral hop aroma...Taste is slightly roasted and spicey but is followed by a crisp hop bitterness...A good seasonal very warming...Cheers Gromit another winner
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark ruby color. Aroma consists of some hoppiness. But aroma is mostly sweet and malty.. Flavor is sort of sweet and piney.
Also has a fruity hop flavor.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruit, alcohol, toffee aroma. Nice brown body. Taste is slightly spicey, with alcohol, nutmeg, toffee.
IndianaRed (2383) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a clear dark redish brown witha small off white head that quickly settles but still manages to maintain nice very resilient lacing. Aroma is a very nice plum cherry fruity combo with an alchol, almost cough syrup hint. Flavors are consistant, pitted fruit, alcohol is up front but not too strong. A bit of cherry throat lozenges and nsome nice dark malts. Easy on the hops. Palate is not particularly rich and the aftertaste is a slightly smokey somewhat bitter wood/grass flavor.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2004 edition: pours a dark red color, thin head but thick creamy lacing. Much like Snowcap but a little more malty and sweet, very smooth and well balanced, not as hoppy and bitter as Snowcap. A very solid Winter Brew.