jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
03 bottle. Small white head with beautiful dark red brown color. Only complaint would be the strong taste of alcohol. I like it more hidden.
hotstuff (3567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle marked produced in 03. Small ivory head that mostly diminished, fair lacing, fine-small sized bubbles, very little carbonation, and an orange brown hue. Malty, caramel, chocolate, sweet, and mild alcohol aroma. Very, very aromatic. Flavor was malty, sweet, caramel, chocolate and vinuous but not overly so. Delicious. Smooth palate. Medium body. Extremely quaffable and highly recommended. Hope to have this one again sometime.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red, with a brown hue. Small tan head. Aroma of "kitchen cleaner", and cherries, pine. Flavor is malty. Caramel, semi- sweet choclate. Alcohol/acidic aftertaste. Very nice. Thanks to JPDipso for this one!
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Brown with ruby highlights, fizzy tan head. Aroma is pine, bark, caramel, bitter hops. Taste is bitter hops, caramel, chocolate, sweet malts. Light to medium bodied.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a big beer. Aromas were really dense. Lots of carmel and piney hops in the nose. The body and flavors are just a bit too heavy for me. Sweet, almost syrupy. Finishes like a mouthfull of pine needles. Decent beer, but just a little over teh top for me.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hop aroma. Dark brown with almost no head. Flavors of hop bitterness and sweet malty goodness, and a low key wood flavor. Heavy palate. Lacks complexity, but does hide the alcohol.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Without any details I could put away a half dozen of these on any given day and be quite jolly. I mean, this is delicious! Calling winter warmer lovers: I dare you to find another better... Call it a strong ale, whatever, itís released for winter consumption.
Regarding specifics: Polished cherry wood, splippery on the glass, excellent on the palate, and quick on the wit. Short on aroma, but long on the finish. Mucho maltiness, great divide on the palate with appropriate hoppiness. I love what Great Divide does for me in the winter time. Check out their old Ruffian, too. After one sip this beer sits in the glass like a fine lady standing up and inviting you into the bedroom. You gonna enjoy that just once? Come again, I want it 6 times repeated at least. Get yourself a sixer too.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark mahogany with fluffy off-white head. Aroma is rosted malt and spices. Initial malt taste finishes all spice. Good lacing. Smooth beer but the flavor disappeared at times.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured this brew from a twelve ounce bottle into a twenty-two ounce glass, and the creamy, light tan head still almost overflowed. This clear but dark, reddish-brown ale has a rich, roast malt aroma coupled with a spiciness and an herbal hop bitterness. The flavor is loaded with malts, spices, and nuts. Itís got a dry, bitter, and mildly alcoholic finish that makes me want to pour another. Good stuff.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 (Rating update of 2005 batch is forthcoming - hang tight.)
Huge off-white head - when I finished pouring, it was about an inch thick. Then it took on a life of its own and expanded to about two inches tall, with the top of the head pocked with craters. The head seemed to trap the flavor and preserve the taste and carbonation so that each sip was as fresh as the first. Very lively beer. Smelled malty and sweet, with traces of dry hops and spices, which I couldnít discern individually. I could also smell the alcohol. Deep taste; nutty, roasted almonds and bold, reminding me of wood bark or an open air bonfire. You can taste the alcohol but it isnít overpowering. Finish is marked by a dry/bitter aftertaste with a chocolatey/caramel feel to it. Very good beer. Very hearty, very thick. Me likes.