CapFlu (4662) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a medium, frothy, almond head and a near opaque, read body. Nose is a beautiful, full-malt aroma much like that of a barleywine. Flavour is very malty, cavity sweet with a coal, caramel and bubblegum finish. Good but somewhat unbalances. Thanks Crit!
boto (1908) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2003 12 oz. bottle: This one poured a cloudy brown color. There wasn't too much head at all. A bit of fruit and spices to the nose, with a hint of roastiness in the background. The taste is malty, yet a touch sour. Possibly some cherries in there? Slightly dry and a hint of bitterness to the aftertaste. Good!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep garnet color. Slight fluffy head. Fruity/spicy aroma with a hint of soap. Flavor starts with a fruity malt and has a bit of bitterness at the finish. Dark cherries predominate. It's a nice winter drinker. Full bodied and smooth.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown color with off white head. Aroma is rich with toasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, slightly spicey. Flavor is slightly sweet, pretty malty, caramel evident, a touch of alcohol warmth at the finish. Overall a very nice brew and one of my favorite winters. Looking forward to trying it again.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught: Pours a dark copper with a thick cream-colored head. Sweet caramel malty aroma with some northwestern hops. Good sweetness throughout the body with a hint of cinnamon spice and good hoppy balance. Finishes crisp and dry. A pleasant winter seasonal.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish brown, dark, rich brown head. Nice. Aroma of spiced, chocolate truffles and booze. Thick, though not syrupy body is pleasant enough to have another. A decent winter beer that warms the spirits, but there are better winter choices. Would have appreciated more bitterness, but malt seems nicely balanced.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jazz88, Thanks for sending me this brew, You are a King!
Pours a really deep mahogany body more on the brown side, with a tan velvety head. The aroma is very fruity, yeasty, malty, nutty, spicy, - eeeeeee lots of eeeeeeeee’s.
As for the flavor, it’s quite toasty, wheat bread, black pepper, leather, plums toffee, lots of crazy stuff, surprisingly complex. I think there’s some clove or bay leaf in here? The palate is creamy very silky, as the brew begins sweet and finishes tart and dry. Rather enjoyable and unique – I could mistake this for a Belgian Strong / Brun!
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Malt, fruit, spicy hops, and a hint of alcohol in the aroma. Brown-amber in color, pillowy off-white head. Great balance in the flavor of dark malts, spicy/piney hops, and fruity esters. Slightly bitter finish. Full-bodied, slightly warming. An outstanding balanced beer.
alanC (36) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color with low to medium carbonation and head dying fast. Little aroma. Pretty rich caramel malt flavor and well balanced with hops. OK Beer.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pleasing clear dark amber appearance, spicy candy aroma. A burnt caramel sweetness finishes with a large dose of bitter hops. A very decent and appropriate seasonal.