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.
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 couldn’t spend a night drinking this alone, one or two at the most.
Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with this red ale from Central Waters, I wouldn’t 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. You’ve can’t 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 (3535) - Chagrin Falls, 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.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear medium orange with a light layer of beige head... had some nice lacing as this went down. Nose picked up smooth caramel, earth, toasty grains, bread, and pine... became rather sticky and a little remniscent of pine resin as it wamed up. Lighter-bodied. Smooth through the mouth with bitterness around the tongue and a rather sticky finish. Flavors of toasted earth, caramel, and some floral hoppage. Nothing extraordinary about this one, but it was smooth, tasty, and very easy-drinking.
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, rather dark ruby red for the style with a thick white head that quickly settles to a thin layer. Good lacing. Aroma is nutty, caramel-y and a bit of medium toasted grain. Grain is a little too toasted for a red ale -- almost makes this more of a nut brown but for the medium-high hop bitterness. Dry nutty & medium toasted grain dominate the flavor. Some malt sweetness is there but not as much as I would like in a red. Hop bitterness is on the high side of the style. Medium body, fun bubbly palate. A clean, competent if not outstaning or rigidly accurate example of the style (as if there’s any such thing); and all the same it’s still yet another showpiece of Central Water’s excellent overall quality. Their beers may not be exciting (except the bourbon barrel stout of course) but they do pedestrian beers rather well.