Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2002
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I must have missed something with this one. The bottle said to enjoy it at room temperature. The thought of a warm ale didn’t appeal to me so I drank it out of the fridge, but the tale end of the bottle was warm because it took me a while to finish.
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am a fan of porters/stouts and my trusted seller recommended this dark ale. I found a wonderful dark color, tan head(could have held better), and a good taste
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pumpernickel black body with a thin tannish head. Aromas of liquorice, nuts and chocolate. Has an oily mouthfeel with a rather palate opening bitterness. Not nasty bitter, just seems to really awaken the palate. Flavors of dates, toffee and cashews(?). A sociable beer but not an everyday beer (I guess that’s why they call it Festival).
jonas (6046) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried it cask-conditioned.
Almost completely black, a faint taste and aroma of licorice together with a light body.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 Cask@GBBF07, Aug 07, 3.4: Very sweet dark chocolate malts aroma. Dary ruby color, irregular beige head, fair lace. Sweet, strong dark malty flavor, rye bread, chocolate, light bitter, sticky mouthfeel. Bottle@Home, April 02, 3.8: Caramel roasted aroma. Very dark brown, large alsmost creamy head. Roasted, hopbitter, fruity - lots of hops. Medium full. Long roasted, hoppy finish.
Oakes (13272) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2000
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown. Full of toffee and fruit flavours. One of the best.