alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transparent deep amber, tall head. Malt and hops both very present. Caramel, orange blossom, and earth. A tad thin. Very drinkable.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is reddish amber with a big bubbled off white head...smell is malty with hints of citrus...taste is a little sweet with an ever so slight yeasty bitterness...light burnt notes of oak too...
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - NOV 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Poured a darkish amber color with no head. Fairly thin body, not much flavor except a little malt, burnt caramel, and yeast. Tasted almost like Newcastle, minus some of the nutty flavor. I was hoping that it would have a more pronounced oak flavor, but I was disappointed.
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light aroma of lemon and a soft yeasty character. Clear, dark amber with a thin, off-white head. Light caramel flavors, some hint of oak in the finish. Very light flavor that has some grass in the finish. The palate was the worst, thin and watery without much body at all. Uninteresting, seems like a boring red lager to me.
thelandstander (46) - Davis, California, USA - NOV 3, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The Firestone Walker Brewery is about 30 miles from where I used to live so when I saw this in a set of "10 of the finest craft brews" I was excited. Unfortunately it didn’t taste quite as good as I remember. I can see how people can like this beer, but it just doesn’t bring anything to the table for me.
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good brewski. Sipped on dis on right near the beach. Santa Brah Brah. A rich brew but kinda plain like Jane. Dont see the oak involved in dis one. Smooth and pretty good, reminds me somewhat of sierra nevada but smoother w/ less hops. Drank str8 from da bottle. Enjoyable and medium. Very medium.
Ratman197 (9444) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear dark amber with a small amber head. Aromas of oak, bread and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and dry. Flavors of oak, bread and a bit of nuttieness with a dry finish.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours amber, with a cream coloured head. Aroma is sweet malty and fruity. Taste is sweet malty
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body was surprisingly light; I guess I was expecting a "big" barrel beer. It did have big caramel malts, though. Light and flowery bitterness seemed to complement nicely. No real complaints; nice flavors; OK aromas.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pint poured at the Big Skye Cafe in San Luis Obispo (California), an amber/brown with a full head. A pleasant floral aroma. A fruity taste with a hint of berries. Great mouthfeel with a good bitterness in the aftertaste.