smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft: beautiful looking beer. Deep garnet with an off-white head. Unfortunately to me the impression just about ended there. Mildly malty. Kinda spicy, but it just didn't finish for me.
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice spicey aroma without being overpowering. The color is a nice deep copper. The flavor was mildly hoppy with some orange in it. There was only light carbonation in this beer, but it was clearly there.
hopscotch (10663) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Crystal clear, deep mahogany ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent lacing.
Lots of chocolate and caramel in the aroma.
Nice, nutty flavor with decent balance and notes of caramel.
Medium-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Short, clean finish.
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep dark brown ale with no head except around the rim. There is lacing. Smells nice and malty, nutty. Taste's a little bit like snow (except with a much better flavor). Bites your tongue a little bit I quess I'm trying to say. Nice nutty flavor. Nice and smooth with a slight warming feeling, but more important a flavor that grows after you've swallowed the beer ending in a nice bitterness.
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear garnet body with minimal off-white head. Aroma is light sweet, not much else. Taste is smoke, mild fruity sweet, some spice. Minimal finish. Light body.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2003
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Boring. Watery feel. Smokey, coffee taste. Needs more hops, less smoke flavoring. I'm not too impressed, sadly. I bought this one because my local beer store closed before I could get my Anchor Liberty Ale, so I was stuck with what the gas station offered. It is nice that they have Goose Island products though.
It just tastes uninspired... A clone of some other Goose Island beers with some slight changes.
craven5000 (120) - Westville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I had to make a small attempt for the tan head, which dissipated quickly. Despite the body being a nice dark ruby red, it felt very light and a bit watery. It was surprising in both how smooth it was and how light it tasted. This is the most pleasing ale I have had.
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2012 Deep ruby red appearance. Smells of strawberries and woody raspberry. Very smooth throughout, sweet wood and chocolate with a light fruit touch leading to a wet, sweet finish. A very good Xmas beer, one of my favorites.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent looking ale, deep garnet-brown with a dense tan head and good retention. Nice malt aroma, roasted barley with a hint of smoke. Has some hop aroma there as well. Flavor is less impressive, smoky malt and slightly bitter. Finishes dry. Good mouthfeel, medium bodied. Nothing exceptional, but a decent brew.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium sized, thin brown head sits on a pretty dark red/brown color. Aroma is malty and chocolatey, slightly sweet. Flavor is malty at first, with a smokey middle, and a smooth finish, with just a bit of an off metalic note creeping in. Palate is a little thin, but not bad. Overall it's a decent brew.