JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very cloudy read beer with almost no head. I had a bottle of this about six months ago, and I recall a much more malty, lightly spiced brew. With age, this one’s mostly lost its hop and even the sweet malts have abated and left behind something like tart dried fruits. I’m giving this decent marks on the strength of the earlier bottle, but this one’s not so hot. Will rerate if I get a chance to retry.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Aroma is like a fresh sweet caramel apple. Deep red body with off white head. Body had just enough mix of malt and bitterness. Sweet candy flavors along with some spicey bitterness. Good on the palate the bitterness lingers abit. Good Brew.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: pours a dark red color with a 1 finger off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, some dried fruit and a little citrus/floral hops. Flavor is quite malty sweet and a fairly thick creamy body. There is light dark fruit flavors and then a strong hop bite with plenty of bitterness to back up the malty sweetness. Huge malt sweetness with big hop bitterness. Kind of like an imperial Amber. Pretty damn good evening drinker.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very malty brew. The body’s a somewhat hazy caramel and the skinny ecru head haloes almost immediately. It has an aroma of caramel, some toffee, apples, and a mild herbal bitterness. That bitterness increases in the flavor, but dusty caramel and a bit of alcohol carry it. Okay.
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Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Degarth. Thanks, bro. Pours a reddish brown/ruby color, with a dirty tan head. Light lacing and medium head retention. Nose is malt, caramel, sweet fruits, herbal notes. Fore is lightly astringent, malt and caramel. The herbal notes come through to the back of the tongue. Finish is sweet, malty, and a bit smoky.
raphael (1136) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pop the cap and smell cherry, folllowed by caramel & sour. not what I remember it being, but hey I like sour beers. slightly cloudy copper with thin tan head. smooth on the tongue at first but the sourness wears away. tastes sour, with the cherry hints, straw & alcohol
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent copper bronze with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Aroma of earthy English hops and sweet pale malt. Body starts with a full earthy caramel malty sweetness with some drier bittering hoppy notes and a touch of light fruity complexity. A nice English strong ale that hides its alcohol well.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a amber color with a thin off-white head. Huge diacetyl aroma over some caramel. The flavor is of bitter caramel with a sharp bitter finish. Slick diacetyl mouthfeel.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2007
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
12 oz bottle via Liquid Solutions. Pours a clear reddish brown with a large beige head. Nose is a funky sweet and sour-caramel & cheeries. Tastes the same, the sounress is like sour apples & cherries. This one has gone sour/infected. Crap, i was looking forward to this.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with kenb, cheers! Pours a hazy, dark copper color, with a medium sized, creamy, tan colored head, nice lacing. Aroma is malt, sweet cherries, citrus, pine. Flavor is tart at first, then sweetens, cherry, caramel, floral hops, citrus, alcohol, there’s a lot going on here. Palate is medium-full, mildly carbonated, sweet, yet tart finish. Awesome, I love this! I musta got a great bottle, but this was really nice.