muzzlehatch (4424) - 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 thatís pocked with craters. Honeyed oat whole grain brown bread leads the nose, followed by caramel coated brazil nuts, mildly strawberry sweetened bread and itís 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 (2569) - 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.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found this one bottled in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Reddish, copper color, nice thick mouthfeel, balanced with a pleasant nuttiness. Very good!
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a blurb along the left side of label.
Poured a slightly hazy reddish copper with a foamy beige head that settled into a nice thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking.
Aromas of toasted malts, fruity and floral with a light earthiness.
Good carbonation and a crisp, smooth, but with a little roughness on the tongue, lightish medium bodied mouthfeel.
For me, an off balanced taste, toasted grains, a watery caramel, a subtle fruitiness and earthy spicy hoppy finish, bitter and rough on the tongue. The drinkability is o.k., but I couldnít spend a night drinking this alone, one or two at the most.
Overall, I wasnít too impressed with this red ale from Central Waters, I wouldnít be a regular buyer of this.
drunkenbum84 (73) - kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2008 A very smooth red ale. Pours a reddish orange with a thick foamy head. Flavor very earthy and hoppy. Very smooth and easy to drink. Yet another example of a good wisconsin microbrew. Youíve canít find this beer outside of central wisconsin.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark amber with a small lid of beige foam. Light notes of buttered toast, malt, raisins, jicama, lentils, honey. Thin and watery. The flavor is earthy but in a negative sense. Insipid.
Brigadier (3170) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle
Caramel brown with a thin but tangible head. Hoppy pine aroma with a slight hint of gingerbread cookies. The taste is more like a brown ale - nutty and slightly hoppy. A faint remnant of grapefruit appears next but soon fades away leaving no trace. Fairly average, and much better than mass produced swill, but still not one I would prefer to try again.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer has a mildly hoppy aroma. It is a cloudy, sediment filled, orange-brown color with no head. It is moderately thick to on the tongue and produces a mild nutty taste. It finishes slightly sour and the taste fades fast.