swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
This was tried due to my being a fan of Gearyís Winter Ale unfortunately it did not offer the same enjoyment. A beer I can easily pass on.
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber, little head died totally. Literally no aroma. Flavor was weakly of roasted malts, with the characteristic tinge of sourness. Literally nothing else happening here. Sad.
fly (1459) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep mahogany (right?) Sweet/tart.Spicy. Or spicy in a way Iím just not crazy about Not elements in a beer that tend to bring endearment.
gsteph (322) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reddish brown pour with a quickly receding head. Fainy sweet, malty aroma and a little bready. Predominant hoppy flavor, very bland, watery backbone. Some dry nuttiness. Thin, but crisp, with a slightly bitter finish. Definitely not a favorite.
jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color out of the bottle with a rocky beige head and a dark fruit sweetness in the nose. Caramel sweetness with an almost raspberry fruitiness to it, with plum and raisen. Hearty malty beer.
notalush (5671) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2006 [re-rate - itís been a while since Iíve had this, and I must say that either my tastes have changed, or this beer has improved - subtle dark fruits and light caramel fill what I once thought was a void - nice yeasty, bready qualities abound - not fantastic, but certainly under-rated] Looks smells and tastes like an oktoberfest as an ale - itís interesting, but that doesnít make it good - slight sweet nuttiness and a touch of toasted bread float atop a base flavor that I can only describe as "liquid nothingness" - thereís just nothing there holding this ale together - I like gearyís, but this is a miss with me.
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 11, 2004
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly hazy amber color with a very quickly dissipating off white head. Faint aroma with hints of sticky brown sugar malts, but not much else. Very carbonated. Very roasty, almost astringent..a little skunky in the finish. This is either infected, or just a really poor beer that hasnt much style.
Jayb0 (1153) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Color of autumn leaves, deep red, brown, orange with a small tan head. Malty and hopped well. A bit toasty/nutty. Body is a bit weak but overall enjoyable.
TheBeerGod (5921) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark magenta and amber blend. Small tan head. Nose is hoppy and bitter with light malts and fruit notes. Faint spice. Taste is hoppy with some malty notes and nutty notes. A bit of a floral taste as well. Bitter fruit taste hiding in there as well. Palate is a bit oily and is bitter. Finish is, you guessed it, bitter. Not much more to this than dry, bitter hops. Itís okay and drinkable, just nothing overwhelming. Been there, and already done it.
ClarkVV (5392) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004 bottle. Pours a light mahogany to cherry red with some light tan/browns. Light beige/cream colored head. Aroma is highly fruity and hoppy. Lots of cherry notes from the fruity yeast and hints of light hops. Slightly nutty notes in there as well. Flavor is moderately bitter, quite dry and has more of an earthy dry hops appeal. Not finding much malt, donít find any touch of chocolate or sweet caramel. Lightly toasted malt of some sort. A bit of thinning, medium bodied. A bit of a sour finish along with the bitterness. Seems like an everyday amber ale to me.