gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep amber with a large tan head. Had a real hard time pulling a nose off of this. Got some yeast and some ripe fruits at first. Flavor is prune, fig, booze, caramel, some citrus. Decent hop bitterness, toasty malt and raisin. Nice.
Bif (1624) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle- Pours aruby brown color with a small head and bit of lacing. Nice aroma of caramel, a bit fruity with some spice. Taste of some caramel sweetness, a bit of fruit and some spice. A nice easy bitterness and a clean finish. fairly mdium, smooth and quite dry. No hint of the 7.7 ABV. Well balanced. very enjoyable ale. Another good beer from a regional brewer
guzzler67 (1539) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber appearance with an average size head and a small amount of lacing. Fruity aroma, replicating cranberries, followed by sweet, caramel malts as it warmed. Taste starts sweet, turns fruity in the middle and finishes on the spicy side. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Enough subtlety to keep things interesting. Relatively high abv was well hidden.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/12/08 notes: bottle. Pours a light amber-orange with a small head. Has a Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation that is fairly sticky. Mellow flavors include roasted malts, caramel, cascade and fuggle hops with some fruitiess. All flavors were blended together gently in a charmingly mellow sort of way. 7% Alcohol is hidden nicely, and I think this may be tops from the Cooperstown brewery.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
surprisingly good. looks great and tastes pretty damn good. A very representation of it style. Nice acl. content - has a strong alcohol flavor with a lasting after taste.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear light copper color with some golden glowing around the edges. Small to medium sized ivory cap. Leaves some light topping once its faded and the lacing is splattered with spots.
Aroma is quite nice, seemingly light but delicately enhanced with a certain subtle complexity that fits a strong ale. Warmingly toasted and bready with a pleasing little dollop of white grape and apricot jam.
Oooo...as in moo, a very nice taster. Toasty and warm, lightly fruity and hoppy. Buttered toast, slippery caramel, dried apricot, and a mellowing warm tone is located all throughout as it begins to finish with some yeasty dryness and hop oil warmth adding some lovely little additions of herbal spice, then back again with some caramel returns and more subtle warming. The malt backing is quite adequate and largely placed as to make a subtle balance and play between the warmth, hops, spice, and yeast. A pleasure to sip. Subtlity is the name of the game in this one. Great finish. The hoppy spices are perfectly intertwined into the finish.
Feel is clean, smooth, and warming with a certain medium tilted body that leans to the malted side of things. A good thing here. Very balanced and well rounded. The texture is so easy to take in. A very drinkable ale, sipable in large doses.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: reddish copper with a nice off tan head. Sweet tangerine malt aroma and a flavour to match. Some piney bitterness adds a slight depth to the flavour and texture. The balance in this one is the best thing going for it: not overly flavourful or interesting. But drinkable and tasty in its own way.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Pours a clear red/orange/brown color, beige head, some lace. Aroma is definitely of sweeter malt, some fig. Flavor is malty and sweet, akin to a barleywine, some caramel as well. Medium-full body, alcohol not masked all that well IMO. Quite good though.
can8ianben (1387) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An interesting offering as a unique beer of their brewery. I liked the complexity of the malts, the alcohol is hidden well, but it didn’t make me want to drink more of it (seems like that is the theme over at Cooperstown Brewery)
williamherbert (1358) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2014 Original rating 05/14/10: ... 6/5/7/4/15 = 3.7 ...
Pours a nice frothy head over a rich, cloudy, dark orange/ruby red. Thousands of little bubbles slowly and deliberately rise to the surface. Gorgeous. The head actually stays atop the beer as I drink it, right down to the bottom.
Has a malty aroma with a mild sweetness. However the sweetness is the overwhelming characteristic of the smell. A slight bitter hint of malt at the end. Seems to have all the characteristics of an English Ale. Some butterscotch from the (I’m guessing) Ringwood yeast; sharp and sugary.
Has a very strong pungent flavor. Heavy malt and some sweetness, but overall has a strong, somewhat sour taste. Any hops that might be in this beer are completely overpowered. But the malt is pleasant with the perfect sweet/sour mix. Lots of yeast, a sugary finish: plums, grapes, dates. Minor alcohol burn on the way down.
Density is very thick and chunky. Remains on the palate for a little while, but has a smooth aftertaste. Fizzy; the fact that the carbonation is slight on the tongue is a bonus. As strong as this is, it is surprisingly easy to drink. Has a good combination of malts, thickness, sweetness, fizzyness and drinkability........
==RERATE 07/10/14 ==
Color is super-cloudy, dark carrot orange. Doesn’t quite have sediment,but the fluid is murky as hell. Looks awesome. Interesting that when I opened the bottle, it foamed up and bubbled out like a volcano.
The aroma is unusually metallic. Sugary, almost like a barleywine. Supremely grainy, with an almost lacquer-like scent. An earthy grain bill. When you let it warm up, a sort of Sour Ale component kicks in; I’m not sure if that’s a byproduct of the yeast (I thought they used Ringwood), but it’s unusual, in a good way.
Flavor is more sugary malts, with very little hop presence. More finished wood sealant. As it warms up a bit, the sugars really explode. There is a mild sugary sourness that I really enjoy.
Feels thick and chewy, and sits around after after you’re done with it. This is an intense beer, make sure you decant it properly and let it warm up.