JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Re-rate 10-8-06. I don’t know what happened. Its almost like they re-worked this beer. Its way too high on the malt side and somewhat syrupy, lacking a hoppy balance to settle things out. I used to love this one as indicated below.
I am extremely biased as I love this beer. It has a coppery caramelly bubble gum finish which makes me want more. The only thing that works against it in my opinion is that it has a bit of a grainy finish which you find on the other CB beers. Maybe I’m a Ringwood or a malt fan. This particular bottle I got from Half Time seemed more on the caramel side than the bottles I’ve purchased directly from the site in the past. I wonder if they have enhanced this brew since it first came out.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich ruby gold, next to no head. Malty nose - some chocolate, dark fruits. Nicely h opped. Rich malt up front and then a huge bitter acaramel w. dark fruits - kind of strange.
Lubiere (10787) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark gold ale with a light white head. Strong diacetyl whiff in aroma. Sweet butterscotch and fruity taste, with sweet apples and pineapple. Overbearing and difficult to drink. Tap. CNY Brewfest Feb. 5 2005.
Sammy (9279) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spicy yeast lager. Carbonated head. Ringwood yeast, bit of fruit and almond and somewhat bitterness. Like an xmas
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy orange/red. Tasted a bit on the florally hoppy side but there were also some definite tastes of figs and raisins. Not a bad beer. I’m definitely keeping the bpttles to display on my bar during the baseball season.
stephen louis (164) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flat out great.
Nice looking with a head that will last a week,the beer won’t too good.
Lots of caramel and that distinctive ringwood taste. Fruit and hops in the middle,the finish is sweet but dry.
A good amount of carbonation adds to the body.
OldGrowth (2854) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, from Halftime. Ok nose, apples,carmel or butterscotch. Reddish orange color, good size head, but I poured it kinda quick, that faded quickly to a lite hazy cover. Bittersweet flavors, a sour bitter thing, figs, apples, dates, little plasticy. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter, non hoppy, finish. Oh that ringwood.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looked great when I poured it out, nice dark amber, great smell, almost like apples, but the taste is just pure malt. Nothing very exciting about it.
jercraigs (8289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber body with a big fluffy off white head that recedes leaving a still respectable head of foam. Aroma is pleasantly malty with a bit of caramel and butterscotch (perhaps a touch of diacetyl, but I am not sure). Pleasantly sweet with a bit of bitterness to balance it. Something odd but not unpleasant floating about in the finish. Thanks for sharing Ken.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good Strong ale. Dark amber/light brown, thin head. Suprising hoppy, alcohol aroma. Very good piney bitter taste. Also some smokey, roasted flavors.