Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just finished up the 2003 Anchor and moved on to this. Actually I'm going to lower my rating of the Anchor a bit, because at the end, it was too dry, young, bitter and harsh. This one is kind of the same style as Anchor, but more toned down and more balanced. Aroma is more of a sweet malt rather than all spice. Palate might be a little more watery, but is maltier at the same time. Finish is a little spicy, but a little boring. It's easier to drink than the Anchor.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very malty. A good winter ale. A good english strong with some nice hops for balance. The finish is almost sour compared to being bitter. Worth trying.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours deep amber, almost garnet color with a small off white head and some lace. The aroma is quite malty, but with a hop presence. The flavor has got some ESA characteristics, being almost fruity, but also has the ASA hop bite. The palate is OK for the flavor. There is somewhat of a lingering spice thing going on too. Overall, this one is OK for the season.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark ruby brown with a thin off white head. A slightly weak malty, nutty, aroma with a hint of fruit. Medium palate with little carbonation. Nice malty, cherry flavor with a bit of pine. Very drinkable, but not very memorable.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty rufous-bronze color, light carbonation, and thin, fading off-white head. Interesting fruity aroma. Smells like cherry cider and cloves. Deep earthy flavor with juniper notes. Alcohol apparent on the palate. Strong and distinct. The bottom line is that I really enjoy sipping on this stuff.
Reid (2095) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours a nice dark garnet almost brown witha lovelly thick inch high creamy off white head..that stayed quite some time
Nice aroma..chocolaty and spicy tones..though well done.
I dunno but this seems to taste better than when I had the rest of the six pack..its flavourful yet smoother and less aggresivesweet malts followed by a creamy chocolaty taste followed by a nice "zap" of hops at the end ..very nice.
Nice and smooth and creamy on the palate.
Pretty drinkable even for a hot sweaty night
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark pour with lighter brown edges. Big head and nice lace. Mostly sweet malts in the aroma, not too big of a nose, slight hops. Roast malts in the flavor, some fruit and finished off with a bit of bittering hops. Not too bad of a ESA.
steview (1036) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2003 nice big head that leaves too quickly. dark brown, tint of orange. listerine/licorice thing, faint alcohol, pine. touch of nut? good. long aftertaste, the flavor keeps dancing. good brew. definitely something for a happy holiday. wasn't tooo fond of the aftertaste, afterawhile... too much of a little bit of sour. hmm. thanks eric!
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice warm brown color with a whispy tan head. Strong bitter smell. Spicy assault that opens up into a bitter body. Very nice.
Terminus (3381) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle-2003-Ruby red appearance. Big roasty malt aroma-light smoke detected. Licorice, smoke, chocolate and alcohol in the flavor. lots of pine needles on the toungue. long finish-very long. Medium carbonation. Earthy/piney finish of hops. Quite an excellent brew-nice and complex-good work Full Sail!! thanks Buck_Dich for this one!!