BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 is out and ready to drink. This is a great beer. Dark reddish brown color with a huge head and a great overall aroma. The hint of smokyness with a light hopps flavor and a huge malt presence make this a great winter warmer. I will be getting more for the deep winter months.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a dark red amber with a huge thick brownish head.
Rich, sweet malt aroma.
Flavor is malt and hops, light smoke, chocolate with a light bitter malt finish.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty sweet and caramel aromas. Body held to light had a ruby red color to it. Foamy tan head that was decent but disipated. Left good lacing on the glass. Sweet and spicy malts with a good hop balance. Smooth and warm on palate. An enjoyable beer.
Braudog (5488) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at Humpy’s Alaskan Ale House in Anchorage 7/6/05: Dark crimson with a heavy pine sap flavor. Heavy alcohol. It was way too warm in Anchorage for this one, but it is a decent winter beer.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur presque rubis, mousse blanche concassée adhérant bien à la paroi du verre. Arômes plutôt complexe et d’un bel équilibre affichant malt chocolat, foin, feuille de laurier jumelé à quelques notes de raisins bleus et à une touche boisée. Corps plutôt mince, faible carbonatation semblant plutôt effacé du portrait. Un peu plus de corps serait certainement approprié.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, grapey, spicy, marzipan aroma with some earthy, woody and roasty notes. Hazy reddish-brown with decent off-white head that recedes to ring and partial cover with some lace. Chocolate and brown malt flavours with some mild bitterness and some berry-like fruits. Medium body with low carbonation. Bottle (Secret Santa, Dec. 2004) enjoyed with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere. Thanks, Tchrome!
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malts and earthy chocolate combine in a mild but interesting aroma. Cherry fruitiness thrives within, there are some good ingredients in here.
Roasted malt bitterness is immediately felt, accompanied by berries and grapes. An ample body of chocolate and caramel malts leeks onto a bed of ashes or burnt pie crust.
Hearty cooking will always get me.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby to chestnut coloured. Nice foamy cover lasts and sticks to the glass sides. Nutty and distinctive aroma of smoke, peaty and earthy. Excellent balance between the malt and hops ingredients. Spicy winter notes, minty (toothpaste), cinnamon, nutmeg and grapes… Inviting to say the least. Quite warming in mouth despite the relatively low ABV, slightly oily palate, light-medium body, very low carbonation level. Pleasant spiced dark fruits flavours work mysteriously well with the hops where I’d have thought this would bring some undesired astringence. Bready, coniferous and slightly citrusy. No Jubel 2000 deepness, but still one of the best I’ve had from Deschutes, more so than their acclaimed dark beers.
MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2007 From notes taken at the Southwest Beer Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona. The conditions were hard to take notes in but these are the ratings and they stand. Draft. Rich malty and hoppy aroma. Dark and clear brown in color. Flavor is very malty with a slight alcohol warmth. Malty and lightly hopped finish. Good stuff.
Re-rate: Aroma is full of dark malt and lightly sweetened chocolate with a hint the hops to come. Flavor is caramelly rich and malty but balanced by a decent amount of hop bitterness with hints of that grapefruity hoppiness in the finish. Really nice stuff. The original rating stands.
SayNoToCoors (65) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good winter wamer by Deschutes. This brew pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights and presents a pretty nice head. This is a nice warming brew, very good for drinkin’ by the fire during the winter season.