hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. Poured a medium copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, floral, and buttery. Tastes of caramel, nutty, grainy and a light butteriness.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear copper color. Head was tall, tenacious, and off white in color with good retention. Aroma was of malty caramel, vanilla, and butter. Frosting came to mind as I sniffed it. Delicate sweetness up front gives way to mild hop bitterness. Malt spiciness dominates the flavor with caramel and sprucy hops in the background. Better than I had expected and better than it’s overall rating IMO.
Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pick up a bottle from Trigs in Wausau, Wisconsin. Poured a clear light reddish amber with an ivory cream head. It had some nice lacing as this went down. Nose sensed caramel, toast grains, brown sugar, and nut. Grainy through the mouth with bitterness around the tongue. Flavors of caramel, and some toffee hops. An average red ale
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler flight at the brewery. Closer in flavor and color to an Amber than a Red. Thin-ish head, malty and hoppy nose, flavor of thick caramel malts with a hint of alcohol on the finish.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours light copper with thin head. Very watery aroma, little malt maybe... Mild flavor light malts and caramel, not much else... not a fan.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours copper in color with a small head. Aroma is weak, but some malt can be detected. A nice blend of malts in the flavor. Some toffee an caramel in there, but not all that strong. Aftertaste was dry and a little metallic tasting. Worth a try, but all together a pretty average brew.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle from the Woodmans on Gammon Road, Madison WI (October 2006) consumed mid-November from a Chouffe tulip glass. Thick, stable creamy-frothy off-white head tops the ruddy red-bronze body which bubbles away nicely for a while....touch buttery in the nose though some nice rough woody-twiggy hops manage to struggle through; with warmth the nose seems to fade to almost nothingness though a hint of diacetyl remains.....cherry-apple fruitiness in the body ebbs to a serious dryness and burnt-bitter roastiness....on the whole this is very dry and boring with almost no real flavor, with rough carbonation and bland soda-wateriness making this another major disappointment from this once well-regarded (by me anyway) brewery.
nomad777 (2) - wausau, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2006 does not count
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought a six pack on a recommendation and i still dont know if i like it or not. It went down smooth with hints of hops that werent overwhelming to this novice beer drinker. Nice foamy head that has staying power. Not much that was outstanding about this, but definately worth a try
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Translucent honey brown in color with a jiggly, creamy fluffed tan head that’s pocked with craters. Honeyed oat whole grain brown bread leads the nose, followed by caramel coated brazil nuts, mildly strawberry sweetened bread and it’s corresponding cardboard box. Admirable caramel coated flavor greets the tongue with sweet caramelized wheat. Glazed cinnamon rolls sans cinnamon, if such a thing is theoretically possible. Nuttiness does a dance with a dry, bitter, earthy flavor hop edge. Bran comes in and embodies cotton floating freely in the air. Medium-to-fuller bodied with a style leading rendition that sees us to the door with maple twigs sticking out of an earthy caramel well, misplaced but not forgotten in the wilderness. Well done.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours to a nice copper color w/ a thick tan head w/ some sticky thick lacing. Aroma of roasted malts a bit of earthy aromas and some light floral notes. Palate was pretty avg. Flavor was grainy, weak carmels, and a light flroal hop. Not much to write home about.