Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a diminishing beige head. Light aroma of fruit, caramel. Taste is toffee, caramel and toasted malts. Might be some diacetyl here. Slight oxidation. Light on the hops, only slightly bitter. Fruity finish.
rmussman (1587) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A very nice beer. The aroma is excellent with a very thick hoppy scent. Appearance is dark brown with a frothy head. Mouthfeel is a little rough on the pallet. Flavor is packed and includes lots of good spices.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=3 target=blank>IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Liked the malt profile but could use a little more oomph...Pours hazy darkish amber with about one finger of biege head. Light nose of vanilla and egg cream. Mouthfeel a bit thinnish, fairly smooth, light prickliness. Broken sheets and rings of lacing. Flavor is on the malty side - vanilla and egg cream but kind of weak. Lightly bitter finish.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear burnt copper color with a nice mountainous head. The nose was mostly malty with ripe fruit and light caramel tones. The taste started with malt sweetness that was offset by a light, clean hop bitterness. There was also a slight astringent grainy bitterness. Still, the caramel malt sweetness dominates in a somewhat one dimensional manner. The end had an earthy hop flavor, with a trace of spruce. Finished relatively clean with a bready sweetness. The feel was medium to light. A bit too heavy on the grain and not enough, hop balance made this a quaffable but unexiting ale. Its main strength lies in its drinkability.
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep reddish-brown with foamy tan head. The aroma is sweet with notes of caramel, hops, and cookie dough. The flavor is nicely balanced, but the malt presence is dominant. Like the aroma, there are notes of caramel in the flavor. One of my favorite ambers.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4292) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2007
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer came to me in my beer club. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a ruby chestnut color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was grapefruit and fairly strong nutty malts. The flavor was a complete disappointment given the nice aroma - bitter, thin and a bit vinegary with only a moderate floral hop element to give it any distinction.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a deep amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, and very light chocolate. Tastes of caramel, a little bready, and citrus. Body a tad on the thin side.
Ratman197 (8491) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured a clear dark amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, carmel and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, bread, light earthiness and a hint of molasses with a lingering bittersweet finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from the beer of the month club. Thanks to pman. Pours copper amber with a dark beige head. Good size, thick and fluffy. Nice retention. Aroma is of chocolate and oranges. Sweet hop bitterness. A better than average flavor of toasted caramel. Nice pronounced chocolate flavor. The residual hops are pleasant. This could be a session beer.
agl108 (690) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle from beer of the month club. Pours a beautiful, hazy copper with thin off-white head with some slight lacing. Nose is slightly malty. Finishes smooth with floral hops. I’m sure this beer is much better after a nice hike in the Tetons than on my couch in Philadelphia.