mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a medium ruby color. Not much head to speak of. Aroma is sweet and fruity, with a little bit of maltiness. Flavor is sweet and malty right of the bat. Some dark fruit. Rich thick palate, maybe a hint of raison. Slight alcohol.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a moderate creamy off-white head. Complex nose of Christmas fruit cake dominated by cherries and nuts, caramel, clove, and other spices. Flavor of breadiness, fruit, and caramel with a chewy and alcoholic finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle. Thanks to Bu11zeye for this beer. Big chewy head. Color is a ruby red dark brown. Aroma is malty and medicine-like. Has a distinct flavor of the cherries in fruit cocktail. There’s an up front tartness that I don’t usually detect in most high gravity strong ale/barley wines. This seems to be much closer in style to a Brittish barley wine. Not the thickest malt body, but slightly better than Youngs Old Nick. Sweet and tart is in great balance together. Nice berry flavor with evena hint of cinnamon when the beer is warm. Yummy!
PJS (3) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005 does not count
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep ambe/maple syrup color
subtle aroma, slight scent of hops and a bit of carmel on the second whiff. full, spacious mouth feel. Taste a little bit of peanut shelll and toffee.
BrewDad (4493) - Olympia, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2005 Winter Ale Fest Portland, Oregon) A classic strong ale with a great hoppy flavor. The malt balance was also very good. I loved the flavor of this beer. It was a good style t brew and held up to the other beers at the fesitval. Good Job.
Reid (1719) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite an attractive deep brown coloured ale, slightlyhazy with a beautiful thick, creamy off white head. Nice laceing.
A very malty aroma to this one,mainlly smells of caramel and slight chocolate hints.
In taste this brewis indeed dominated by the amalts, as it says so on the label, but it is not too sweet and has a low intensity, long lasting bitterness near the end. Taste profiles: ddark fruits, dried apricots and dark unrefined sugars.
I found this quite pleasant on the palate on this cold late Fall night.
Good cold weather ale, though I believe two would be sufficient before bed!
CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had the sampler of this. Deep brown with a floral aroma. Started with a complex taste of the malts used with a bitter sweet finish. I sipped on this for a few minutes to let the flavors roll around in my palate. I liked this beer and is worth a try, even if it is just the sampler.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of malts and fruity yeast. Pours dark brown with a small white head. Tastes more like a belgian strong ale rather than an english. Yest and fruit notes are very prnounced in the beers tastes. Aftertaste becomes all yeasty fruit flavor. A nice beer but not my style.
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) Mmm, there’s that rich, earthy, mushroomy nose that I love so much. That can mean only good things with this beer! Confirmed! The strong, mushroomy, earthy maltiness has carried over forcefully into the flavor. Pretty light bitterness overall, this is not a hoppy or roasty beer. A slight tartness comes out as the beer warms up. Medium to full bodied, tangy on the palate. Light ruddy brown color is very cloudy from flaky particles suspended in the beer. There are no carbonation bubbles to be seen, and the tan head is on the small side after the pour, quickly fading to a small halo. Lacing is almost nil. So, it’s not much to look at, but I don’t open beers to look at them. Pretty funky for a winter seasonal, but very enjoyable.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad. Cloudy copper with a smallish beige head. Quite spicy to the nose. Ginger, cloves, cardamon, cinnamon. Festive. Medium bodies with gentle carbonation and a smooth feel. The flavor was like a holiday punch with spiced fruit and alcohol. Interesting.