willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
08.11.04 12oz bottle. It took a while to get this all into the glass, what with the head that wouldnít quit. Hazy amber color with aforementioned MASSIVE tan head and thick, sticky lace. Aromas smack of grapefruit, some pine, some sweetness. The body is medium and clean. The beer has a hint of metallic flavor; coupled with the giant head, Iím tempted to think itís not in the best shape it could be. I press on, regardless. A resinous, piney bite cuts into what had been a cleanly malty front balancing with a nicely floral hop character. More resiny bitterness persists as a chaser, not unpleasantly, inviting another sip. Iím having trouble getting past the metallic tinge; otherwise, itís a good find.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper colored when poured with a tanish head that stuck around for awhile.This brew is full of hop flavor with very little bitterness.The fish on it was fair.That too stuck around for awhile
Holdwine (1077) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely done. More English ale than American. Malted overtones are tops. Mellowing hops to finish. Deep dark amber color. This is a great beer.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2004 GIBF 2004: Not as good as last years. Maybe older? GIBF 2003: Deep orange color, sweet malts aroma with a touch of hops, full bodied, ends a little bitter.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden mahogany body, small tan head. Sweet aroma, piney hops present. Sticky hop flavor but enough malt to keep it reasonable. Well balanced and very drinkable. Excellent.
MaBeer1972 (1308) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On-tap at the Willimantic Brewery. Very deep amber with a nice frothy head. Excellent maltiness. The hops impart a slightly bitter finish. Good stuff. (You hop heads may like this one).
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has a nice amber color with some carbonation and a malted smell. Taste was fairly balanced with malt and finishing with a hop bitterness. Overall I am not a big fan of ambers, but this one was not bad.
boto (1850) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught: A nice coppery-amber color. There was a little head on mine, but it didn't last too long. Maybe the bar glasses weren't as clean as they could have been. There was a moderate hop aroma, with a decent mix of malts. Medium body, with a bit of bitterness to it. My wife isn't fond of hoppy beers, but she liked this one.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a beautiful brew! Clear and utterly copper with a fine lasting head. The other thing about this beer that is distinctive is its malt, which is gentle, sweet, a little nutty, but definitely delicate, like a summer morning is delicate, say around six twenty, when the dew is fresh and the heat still hangs with the sun over the hills of the horizon. What happens, though is that the sun does rise and the fresh newness and the interesting gentility of this beer are burned away by a healthy dose of hops that feel, well, foreign. I kept trying to get back to that elusive malt, but was stymied not so much by the strength of the hops as by their character. The robin's my criterion for tune, but were I cuckoo born ... anyway, I enjoyed this experience, sampled by by pond in the evening, recollecting the fine visit I just had from PyschProf and hoppygrrrl
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great copper body topped with a good sized tan head. Very thick, smooth, fruity sweet malts. Warm, well rounded hops. Good balance between the two. Great stuff.