MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep red-brown. Nose candy, Christmas toffee, smoky, deep plummy. Very malty, sweet, molasses and raisins, bit sugary. Good.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAR 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild spice, caramel, fruit and sweetness make this a nice treat. Very mild with a smooth finish.
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange hue. Cascades hops aroma with honey and citrus. Lemon pie comes to mind at one point. Beautiful hops and citrus in mouth with rich smooth body.
CapFlu (4236) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a frothy, beige head with a deep red body. Nose of tart cascade hops. Flavour is far maltier then the nose. I detected some raisin flavours in there. Good.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hops and spices in the aroma. Clear, extremely dark amber color with a medium size head. I tasted some grapefruit and a touch of smokiness. It had a little bit of carbonation and an alcohol feel, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. A solid beer.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is a rusty orangish brown, moderately deep and clearish with a muted glow, medium smooth tannish head that sits breifly fading to a thick cream colored skim and lots of intricately woven sheets of lace. Aroma has a good caramel top with some underladen tones of dried fruits and hops. Taste is slightly sweet, mild overall with a super fine blend of calming dried hop variants, both dulled and mild fruityness and woodsy sense in the hops. Malts lend the sweetness throughout which come through as well rounded and help keep balance. Finish has a lingering mix of dried hops first then the sweetness returns for a stint eventually breaking away into some light earthy tones, kinda nice in that department. But overall the flavors are short lived and not all that complex, seems a bit one dimensional, if it weren't for the finish this would have been average for me I think. Its very well balanced, but I was looking for more of a boost in the flavor dept. Slight chocolate tones show up as it warms which is a nice surprise.Feel is close to medium body with an overall light sweet twinge and mild dryness thats always mixing and giving way to one another. Pretty decent, good balance, but lacking some boldness and depth of lasting flavors, that said, it still makes for a good sessionable Old Ale, quite drinkable; the 6.7% may be a bit much for many of these though.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark body with a tan head. very soft with a good fruit texture, some sweet carmel malts and a good hop balance. Very nice.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2007 2006 vintage. In the bottle from Wilbur’s. Dark brown with a super creamy head that pours much more like concrete than beer foam. Aroma has a great scent of aromatic hops yielding a pine forest/citrus-like aroma. Smooth for a 6.7% abv ale. Biggest thing to note is the monstrous fruity flavor. This is like drinking a can of fruit cocktail. The finish hangs a long roasty bitterness on the tongue long after you are done with the beer. Really liked this much better than the first time that I had it when I rated it a 3.4!
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in color with orange edges. Nice frothy head. Aroma was like a bowl of nuts and hops....fruity notes. Aroma was nice, but this beer blew its wad and faded once the flavor came around....too thin, just caramel and some spice.
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great English Strong ale. Hoppy, malty, and pine flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and crisp.