Andrew196 (1399) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is weird, I had trouble fingering much of anything in the taste. The color was dark ruby red. The aroma was sweet, fruit...cotton candy? Crisp like a lager, but very dark and somewhat strong for a lager as well...nice finish, subtle hops...not bad. instant update: as I was finishing the beer, I realized that it is strongly reminiscent of a shiner winter ale...a bit more crisp though...flavor is very similar....this is why the division of ales and lagers can be so goddamn fucken fucked up sometimes.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rather unique. Nice smell...lemon, mangoes? The taste is sweet and medium to full bodied, but nothing really registers. Strange, not sure what to think. Handsome dark appearance, nice head.
HighlanderOne (1220) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Judging from the name, label and pour, i was really expecting something different and interesting in the taste, but I was disappointed. Although better than Bud, it was just a less than average lager which might as well have been darkened with food coloring. I felt like I was drinking a dark colored lite beer.
jaymobrown (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For a dark lager it is lacking much. A little too thin and watery, with not enough taste. A sweet/sour taste dominates, but nothing really comes through.
JohnDo2000 (99) - Metairie, Louisiana, USA - MAY 31, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best of the Dixie line, this thicker version offers a carmely and kind of fruity taste. Great beer, and not that it matters, but beautifull artwork on the bottle.
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Unlike anything i have ever had. Tastes like a light stout. In a class of its own.
wheatbeerboy (103) - Addison, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. Tasted a little like a thinned-out Guiness. It was a little too watery for me. Needed more malt or hops or something. But it did have a nice taste.
ucsbdude (68) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - MAY 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A unique lager.Very full-bodied and flavorful.The roasty carmel flavor really comes through.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - MAY 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
good festive head rides on an umber brown beer with clean oriole orange highlights. not quite blackened like a cajun roux, but with a roasty carmelly aroma that trumpets that this is a notch or two above most american dark lagers. dry and interesting enough to swirl around and squint at abit as you sip it down. a little tinny perhaps, finally, but a decent mid-range drink.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Update 5/16/02: Pretty good as far as lagers go, though I’ve had to downgrade this one somewhat from previous ratings. Still gets 5 for its appearance: dark, dark, black color, decent head/retention. Aroma mild but pleasant. Notable taste elements: woody, slightly smoked, distinctive, slightly sharp, somewhat sweeter as it warms. But pretty thin and weak in the mouthfeel and finish. Still pretty drinkable, though it falls a little bit flat compared to how I remember it from before. Above-average and worth coming back to if better brews aren’t as accessible or cheap.
Original 1/18/02 review:
I liked this one and plan on giving it a second try sometime just to see if it holds up as well again. Definitely a distinctive & tasty lager. A bit on the pricey side, though, which is why I don’t have it much. And do take great pains to avoid Dixie’s crimson ale (which is so ’sweet’ it’s awful).