Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Body! Color! Beautiful earthy malt sweet nose! Bitterness of the pine bark/resin variety. Nice and soft - very well made. Thanks, Superstar!
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A family initially known for making printing presses decides to brew JUST ONE BEER a hundred years later. An odd history for the Cottrell Brewery. But the ale isn't odd, it's just ordinary, with a solid malty backbone, it's a legit amber that's not solely focused on hops. I'd have preferred that they brew something other than an amber/EPA/IPA/blonde. I get so bored with those beers. Zzzzz.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 9, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 2003: This really didn’t do a lot for me, not sure what to make of all of the praise; perhaps it was an off night. Really undistinguished beer that to my taste buds was more an English Pale Ale than anything else, medium sweetness/dryness, low hops, caramel...ehhh. What else to say? 6/3/7/3/13 3.2
2005: sweet, clean honey, grainy, bare hints of smoky bitterness...yeah, pretty much the same only I’m a harder rater now...
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beautiful looking pint of beer, deep orange with a long-lasting tan foamy head. The sunlight shines through and reflects back from the wall an amber glow. First sip is dry and gritty (read UnionMade's comment!) a bit rough aroung the edges. Sweet malt produced flavors of caramel and roasted almonds come through as it warms. Some hop in the end, but not enough to overcome the still underlying dry, grittiness. Good though,
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of my favorite local beers. Kinda rough and quite hoppy. It reminds me of colonial times, with grizzled old sailors and fishermen inhabiting saloons and saying "Aye laddie, fetch ’is olde fisherman a tankard o’ Cottrell, and be off wi’ ye. Yarrr!" I bet that’s what they said
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 10, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An OK beer. Not very complex. Hoppy sweet, with a lot of malt flavor. Nothing really stands out enough to really recommend it. Probably needs food and a decent social setting.
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice sharp grapefruit hops aroma translates superbly into the taste. Not sure why northwest hops should be used in a beer named ’olde yankee,’ but i’m definitely not complaining about the results. the bitterness stays on the palate and follows through in the aftertaste. Beautiful coppery beer with good head.
darkvibe (68) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good dark beer. I Wish I didnt have to travel so far to find it.
legion242 (2229) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2002
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Copper color; Thick head with great retention; clean and crisp aroma. Astringent flavors, medicinal even. Unsatisfying. Thank you VENOM for the bottle.