biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one was poured a nice brown color with some yeasty floaties throughout...THis beer is very heavily malted with a lot of caramel flavors...Hops semmed to be very understated but present...Good roasted qualities and a nice warming effect...Cheers to Gromit for another good brew
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 24, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2011 Bottle, thanks to Sham. Boozy aroma with hints of grapefruits hops and some caramel maltiness. Sweeter malts in nose as beer breathes. Mostly transparent mahogany color with some floaties and a nice tan head. Finishes quite thin and watery with a heavy dose of roasted malts in the middle. Starts sweet with some caramel malts. Very malty beer, slightly thin in the end which leaves a less than spectacular finish. (7/4/6/2/13) ********RE-RATE**********Itís been 5 years since Iíve last rated this, so I figured it was due for a re-rate. The aroma on this is a little metallic with some underlying diacetyl buttery notes present. Almost a weird mineral astringent presence is also in there. Not so aromatic. Transparent garnet amber body with a creamy, off-tan head that has decent retention and lacing left behind. Starts a little sweet, before this becomes a little vinous. Becomes caramelly and buttered with diacetyl in the middle. Finishes husky, dry, and burnt. Lingering metallic penny-like flavor. Not a fan of this at all. Difficult to consume.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pigskin brown, like a football with a bath of diesel oil, shiny. the head was a smooth field the color of mashed potatoes whipped along with the peels, and pocked like a teenagerís face who will probably elect to stay in. my nose for some reason left me in near olfactory blindness tonight; i was sniffing hard and still couldnít get much scent. i couldíve been downwind from a tire fire and would have missed it. in attempts to sniff extra vigorously, my nasal updraft was like the moonís gravitational pull on the ocean tides-- but still i barely got a scent. a bit of orange marmelade on a spiced cookie, or a fancy brown sugar almond breakfast cereal with orange juice splashed on instead of milk. upon tasting tho, it had some surprisingly substansial texas grapefruit bitterness along with the usual suspects of gooey baked-bean malts and a sweet puree of nuts. medium bodied with a moderate spritz of carbonation, the balanced sweetness and bitterness wag like a happy puppyís tail. nice drink with some alcoholic umph. after santa gave rudolph two of these, the celebrated reindeer was ready to charge into any snowstorm.
TChrome (1400) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours fairly dark brown with a big retained tan colored head. Aroma is hoppy grapefruit but there is some nice malty roastiness there too. Flavor is really nice with some decent complexity, especially an ale of this ABV. Enjoyable maltiness with some assertive hoppy to balance out the package. Quite nice.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep mahogany with small head. Cherry malt and vanilla nose with some roasted notes. Med wieght with ling finish and slight sweetness. Cherry vanilla, light spice, bitter hops, and some roasted flavors. Nice
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep brown with a reddish hue, and clear. head is tan and creamy, lasting. aroma is strong of apples, definitely a subtle maltiness. flavor is malty, lots of fruit, especially apples, typical english hops, also an earthy finish.
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear dark brown, with a tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, hops, and malt. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit and hops. Alcohol is there, but it works well with the other tastes. Thanks to Indiana Red for this one.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown brew ,tannish brown head.Nose is almost like a belgian strong ale.Strong aromas of dark fruits and roasted malts,very nice.This was a little cold at first and I was let down but after it had a chance to warm the flavor took on a major transformation.Dark fruit,ripe dates and cherries.Then the raosted malts came in changing the feel on the tongue.Indiana_Red,u da man.
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark copper with little head. Aroma is chocolate with some hops and alcohol. Sweet with choclate, some caramel, toasted malts, with little hops and alcohol burn. Creamy feel, nice aftertaste. Overall an exceptional winter ale.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 2004 draught pint at Redbones. Wonderful deep red with dark brown tinges, quite transluscent with a small off-white head. Smells of sweet malt, light spicing (cinnamon) and lightly spicy hops that are very fresh. Flavor starts out sweet and spicy with the hops being present but not bitter, just fresh and spicy. Light toffee and toasted malt, sweet caramel and molasses on the finish with more herbal hops-like flavor. Full bodied and delicious with a smooth, creamy consistency and very low carbonation. Beautiful! 8/5/8/4/17
2005 draught pint at Redbones. More crystal malt heavy with that profound hardness and a thick sugariness as well. Cherries, tangerines and bitter oranges crowd the palate and seem at odds with the (rather acidic) roasty/toasty malts. Seemed rather jumbled and in the end it goes from a bit too sweet, to too bitter without much room for in between. Though there certainly is no skimping on ingredients and the overall texture was about the same as last year. Rating is an average. 8/4/7/3/14