thebeertourist (5170) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 7, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The White Horse, Parson’s Green. Chestnut brown with a very small head, that is nonetheless quite stable. Sweet aroma of raisins and dried fruits. Flavours are cellar-like and surprisingly dry finish; raisins and dark fruit throughout, yet also very good bitterness. Full-bodied and rather soft. An explosion of flavours, yet still harmonious. A masterpiece of a beer.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 44F Pint Glass. Very sweet aroma, roasty and malty, no notice of hops. It is dark in color with a very small beige head that disappeared very quickly. The taste is sweet and very malty pretty much what I expected from the winter ale lable. Not bad but I have I don’t think I could spot if out of a line up, even among other dark colorado ales.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 06-May-06 in trade with Otter, thanks Jeremy!) Freshness code of "070A06", which I believe means this beer "expired" on 11-Mar-06. Oh well, three months late. Honestly, for a darker beer, the nose is unexpectedly grainy, husky and uninteresting, though there is a modest earthiness and a hint of sweet caramel to add at least a little excitement. But based on the nose, I can’t say I’m excited to drink this beer. And tasting the beer, my suspicions have been confirmed. This is a dry, toasty, moderately roasty, lightly earthy beer with a fairly grainy maltiness, and to a lesser extent, a husky underbelly. Hops contributes little to the overall flavor. Body is nice though, medium-full on my palate, and carbonation is about average. Medium brown with a general ruddy hueand good clarity. The small, beige head quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing and not even a ring around the top edge of the beer. I guess a pretty typical Flying Dog beer here, not bad, but not great either, just something decent to drink when you aren’t in the mood to pay much attention.
Ibrew2or3 (8010) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber color with thin white head. Smells like a porter with the requisite amount of black patent roasted malts. Taste like a porter but with the addition of caramel notes. Very nice. There is also some smooth hop flavor in there too. Pretty good brew. Being a winter beer I might expect a bit more gravity.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Distinctly malt nose,with a touch of molasses and anise,very light however,slighly sweet spicey almost cinnamon like holiday taste,nice enough but not distinguishable enough to be much different then all the others
Dorqui (2174) - Brescia, ITALY - MAY 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red/orange dark color rather hazy and lightly loads with light fizz. Creamy and escaping head, medium duration. Decided alcoholic and round scent; fruit flavored with pleasant notes of wood and resin. Light prickly taste with a begins decided alcoholic impact. Full bodied but balanced with fruity and vinous rumors on the end.
SSSteve (4006) - - MAY 27, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
roasted malt, some fruity esters, maybe some coffee/chocolate in aroma. root beer colored with a medium sized off-white head. some smoke and chocolate in flavor as well as some hoppy fruitiness. a very complex beer (dry smoke, sweet fruity malts and hops) but i find its not robust enough and needs more carbonation. still very drinkable.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep red-brown with off-white head. The aroma is dominated by caramel, with a few lesser notes of dark fruits and a zesty freshness. The flavor has a lot of caramel and maple, a slight peppery twang, various woody notes, and a grainy, somewhat alcoholic finish. Ok, but nothing to rave about.
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2006
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at the Rover, Göteborg. Ruby colour with a big tan head. Fruity, light smoked fish aroma and taste. Medium body with a light dry finish.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at The Rover, Göteborg. Amber, deep reddish colour with a small white head. Malty and dark fruit sweet aroma. malty, caramel sweet flavor with hints of dried dark fruit.