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 (2255) - 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 (1844) - 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 (1037) - 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 (3544) - 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!!
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent brew that had too much of a sour aftertaste. But it is a good balance of hops and malts.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Nice and spicy, big-time hops. After a rerate, this is better than I remembered it.