mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2003 <HTML>This is my favorite Christmas beer so far this year (well maybe 2nd after Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale). Poured with barely any head, which was its only downfall. Otherwise, it had a delicious malty/caramel aroma and flavor which hid the alcohol well. I think this will be my New Years Eve drink of choice.</HTML>
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For the most part this beer is right down the middle. Nothing to rave about but nothing to complain about either. Amber color with a thin head, aroma of nuts and hop, Flavor has a so-so malt start, nutty body and a decent hop finish. Overall, Good but not great.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crisp deep amber color witha medium thick head and lots of lace. Slightly sour strong malt aroma with spicy licorice accents and a hint of alcohol. Strong hoppy flavor with a slightly spicy malt background. Medium to heavy bodied, and slightly waring going down.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber red colour, thin head.
sweet carsmel malt nose.
great hop/malt balance in taste. this is more of a bitter than pale. hope i can find a cask version.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2003 2002-2003 bottle:
Pours a dark amber, closer to copper in color, medium white head, slowly receeds to leave medium lace. Aroma is strong on the malts, some biscuit, lots of butterscotch, and some caramel. Flavor is strong on the butterscotch, slight hints of alcohol towards the end as it warms, and finishes with a slight hoppiness that balances everything out quite well. Very thick and strong body.
On tap : Nice amber pour, citrusy aroma. Flavor start a little citrus & malty, and finishes with light hops. Goes down smoother and the 7%.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2001-2002. Very malty and rich, with perfect balance and lots of complexity. Reminded me of a barleywine, with mercifully less alcohol. Great stuff.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2000-2001 release. Cloudy amber color. Aroma of citrus and alcohol. Flavor is a little citrus/sour. Bitter finish and you can taste the alcohol. Mine was not heavy or syrupy, just very drinkable.
sloth (2520) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
02 version.Beautiful brown/gold color mix.Yeasty aroma.Malty sweet up front finishes dry.Not much fer hop flavors.Ok mouthfeel kinda thin though.How did gearys brews get so damn expensive!$8.99 a sixer.Not really worth it to me.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2001-2002 edition: At this level of alcohol (7% abv) this is stronger that most EPAs I’m used to. Slight warming as it goes down and noticeable malt presence. Bitter and slightly syrupy, like a barleywine.
TAR (2517) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 00-01 release: Impressive fluffy, rocky foam atop this copper color. sharp Strong Ale-like aroma shows crystal malt, subtle orange rind, and toffee. I can see that aging this has converted the palate into a gem. Many may interpret it as being watery. But this is a blissful texture; and one of the best I have experienced; creamy, fluffy, and perfectly soft. Flavors are impressively subtle and refined. Cherry, tolerable note of acidity, mild plum, and caramel. Finishes with a touch of brown sugar, cotton candy, cream, and coffee. This is absolutely mellow and classy.