Palidor19 (3040) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice malty beer, tastes of cola and spices. very smooth, a slight tangy after taste.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 22, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
dark brown. aroma is malty. taste malty sweet with toffee and finishes with a faint bitterness and some floral hops. notes of chocolate come into play along with some strange diet cola taste towards the finish. i think i served this one a bit too cold as it seemed to improve as it warmed a bit from fridge temp. overall, another average beer from this brewery.
jefcon (1461) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gradiated browns in the glass, with a clinging off-white head. Aromas are caramel, chocolate, some spice, and the orange citrus of hops. Works well on the nose, but throws a boomerang on the palate. Malts dominate the front end while bitter chocolate bends back the finish to an airy finale. Uneven palate is not as bad as the light mouthfeel. Not very strong for a strong ale, either -- only 6.8 percent -- it is sweet and not so warming.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Pours reddish brown with a mostly receding off-white. Aroma of caramel, plum, light hop aroma (pine), and sticky malt. Taste is sweet toffee, caramel, hop resins, and some slightly medicinal notes. Full bodied, lightly sticky and a bit boozy. A bit unrefined, as expected.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Lots of lace. Smells of caramel and loght citrus hops.
Taste is malty and a bit sour. There’s an unpleasant fruitiness and some buttery flavors. The malt and hops flavors don’t mesh. Some spice detected. Sticky and lightly spicy mouth. This is a struggle to get through. Not well done.
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The body is a dark brown with ruby showing through it. The aroma is sweet nutmeg with tobacco and apples. The taste is burnt caramel and iced tea. There is also a hint of rotten oranges. The mouthfeel is slick and thin.
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted malt aroma with some resin like hops. It is a dark chocolate brown color and has a pretty good sized head. Taste is slightly bitter and is dominated by the sweet caramel malts. The aftertaste lingers with a toasted flavor. Goes well with steak and potatoes.
KUEric (888) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 Bottle: Not a good beer. Had it straight fomr the bottle so I wont comment on appreance (gave it a 3 as benifit of the doubt. The aroma wasn’t great, nothing spectacular. I just didnt like it.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 Pours amber with a nice off white lasting head. Smell is on the malty side with caramel shining through. Taste is on the roasted side with some mild chocolate, raisin and cardamon present. My favorite from this brewer.
Update: After cellaring this one for over a year, some very nice spicey notes moved up to the forefront on the nose as did some nice doughy elements. The taste end up peppery with nice spicey elements and well blended. I’m glad I hung onto a few for a year to see where/how they develop.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at Mugs Ale House.
Transparent brown. Cocoa nose. Roasty notes in flavour, fizzy mouthfeel and notes of chocolate as well. Pretty light bodied in my humble opinion.