lane1222 (10) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle (2008). Dark brown pour, thin cream-colored head. Subtle aroma, no overpowering scents. Flavor is well-balanced leaning towards the malt. Some hop, not a lot, but enough. A very nice drink.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Belmont Station--Poured a deep crisp brown-black body with a small wispy white head. Big nutty nose with some malty sweetness. Bold carbonation in mouth feel. Chewy and bitter finish. Very good.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - 2008 Brewmasters Reserve. Pours dark brown almost black. Tan head dissipates nicely. Roast aroma with coffee and nut overtones. Nice roast flavor that fades with a slight bitterness at the end. Nice beer.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
looks jet black, the brown only shows on the edges in the light. stark white head slowly fell in the center and remained on the rim of the glass. some coffee, mostly roasted nutty aromas. I love the balance between a soft mouthfeel, rising bitterness, and medium roast with each gulp. glides down with some viscosity and finishes of sweet almond.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Brewmaster Reserve
Dark brown color with decent tan head; some good lacing.
Smells very roasty and slightly smoky. Roasted nuts, pecan, hazelnut, caramel and maple syrup all detectable.
Roasted nuts and acidic coffee dominate the flavor. Light cocoa and pecan fade. Good hop balance in this malt show.
Nice medium-bodied mouthfeel and moderate carbonation keep this full-flavored brew very drinkable.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hmmm. This says that its retired but I bought a bottle at Bev Mo for teh 2008 reserve. A very well crafted brew that goes down smooth. Has lots of bitters to start but a very nice after taste. Worth a try as I think it is back.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
dark brown, scant head, sweet malt aroma with nutty hints, full malt flavor with a touch of toasted malt, dry finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Crit (3775) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This beer was much better before they had all their malting troubles in 97.
On cask it was their best
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JUN 18, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, bready maltiness and smooth body. Good beer.