5000 (5655) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours reddish brown, lacks any real head, some lacing, with light carbonation. Sweet biscuity aroma, malty, with a touch of dark pitted fruit. Grains, oats, biscuit, and some malts on the tongue. Sweet, but not at first, with a slight choco-fruity flavor bringing up the rear. Medium body and mouthfeel. Thought it would have been thicker by the smell of things. Finishes slightly astringent, herbish, with a carob like chocolate flavor. Aroma had me, the front of this beer was decent, but the back completely put me off. NEXT!
Syd (920) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a clear deep red color with a small beige head and no lace. The aroma is slightly berry like and floral notes of hops. The flavor is very complex. There is quite a spectrum of malt flavors along with fruity ale characteristics that show through in a symphony. Malt sweetness starts the show, with an ale berry fruitiness, some roasted malt showing an almost chocolate covered cherry flavor, all followed by a lingering hop bitterness that almost gives a sensation of bitter chocolate combined with the roast flavors. The palate is rich, real rich. This is a fine Ale. Many thanks to my cousin for hauling from OR.
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a dark red amberish color, Floral hop aroma with a little bit of fruityness. Taste begins very malty and thick, then changes to a decent full body and a hop finish.I found some nutty tastes in this as well as roastinss and as well some fruitiness to rap up the ness’s. Finishes dry.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark red/copper with a light tan head. Aroma has some light floral hops, not much for malt. Taste starts with a light molasses maltiness, very quick then a big dried hop finish. A bit of toastiness comes out in the start, maybe some dry nutty qualities and a bit of fruit. Very dry finish, smooth but with an alcohol presence in the finish.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 2003 bottle. Pours a medium brown, ruddy with medium peach hues. Strong pour reveals a large, creamy yellow flecked white head. Smells like light, peppery hops, velvety malting and creamy oatmeal. Maybe a hint of the alcohol. Flavor is somehow a mix between dry, papery hops, and sweet cream buttery malt. Lots of vanilla, almonds, cream and a hint of chocolate covered cherries. Flavor is interesting and big, body is medium to medium full, low carbonation.7/4/7/4/15
2004 bottle After seeing the Montreal crew’s reaction to this, I had to open the other bottle (both were purchased from Liquid Solutions about 4 months ago). While it’s definitely full of diacetyl, the body is still fairly creamy and not thin. The buttercream flavor does end up getting cloying and I pour most of the beer down the drain. Strange, the previous year’s was good stuff. 4/4/5/3/10
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cloudy reddish copper color, with a small head. Aroma of apples, sweet cherries and malt alcohol. Stron, sweet malt flavor with a noticeable alcohol component. Nice bitter finish. This is a fine ale, just not my bag.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a murky ruby with very small body particles and a rocky tan head. The lacing is decent. The aroma has tones of toffee, maple, plum, and caramel. The flavor is malty, with some bread, caramel, molasses all followed by a bit of orange peel and light maple. The texture in the mouth is creamy with a lively bit of carbonation dancing on the tongue. The alcohol is well masked. Overall this is a well balanced beer. Perfect for the cold months of winter.
3fourths (7537) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 28, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark murky burgundy color. Strong brown sugar, alcohol and cinnamon aroma with a sweet maple, peanut and scotch flavor. Bitter finish, overall very nice.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reddish amber color. Small head. Aroma is spicy (cinnamon and clove) and fruity. A medium bodied “strong ale”. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney and grapefruity. Lots of winter spices in the beer, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of clove and ginger. Well balanced. Smooth taste. Nice winter warmer. Hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly malty, spicey nose. Coppery appearance. I had no lace on my glass but noticed that agro0 had some on his--must be perks of ratebeer bigwigs... Anyway, the strongest characteristic was the piney hop finish. Slightly malty, mostly a dry palate. Slight alcohol taste in flavor.