desurfer (1278) - 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 (1749) - 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 (2078) - 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.
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 (4462) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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 (1908) - 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,