Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark reddish ale with a light raisiny malt aroma. Sweet raisins and vanilla , slight acidity, and sharp hops. Nuts in final. Lighter bodied than expected but still good. Thanks to Argo via Capflu. (Sept. 2004)
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours chestnut brown, with reddish highlights showing through. A wonderful billowy head formed and the lacing was pristine. Sappy/piney hops, chalky chocolate malt, and loads of sharp alcohol hit my nose. This beer is to be savored slowly. The first sip showed high amounts of barley malts, caramel, spices (licorice, nutmeg, berry?), followed by huge hop bite (floral/piney/risen). The beer finishes with a truly warming sweet alcohol kick, which made the beer very rich on the palate, but very nice. Drinkabiliy medium/high. "This was my third beer of the night a it kind of leveled me!"
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet malty aroma. Does have big hop character but its the sweet malts that overide. A lot of hops for a english strong ale. Hop bite dominates the palate in the aftertaste. Decent alcohol presense. This is a beer that has trouble defining itself the balance just isnt there. Still an interesting beer in itself.
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
sweet caramel odor. cloudy, amber with decent head that lasts a bit. sweet caramel flavor, initially, with a giant burst of hops. nice full palate. a lil bit o alcohol present in the finish. this is a very nice beer.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red color with a thin head. Nutmeg aroma with a disturbing amount of hops. Not something I was expecting in my winter beer. Very hoppy taste with none of the spices that were in the aroma. It was almost like a strong pale ale.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown Coloring With Off-White Head. Sweet Malt Aroma. Starts off Sweet and Malty, Then Quickly Comes the Dry Hops and Bitter Tang. Malt Detectable To the End...Some Bread Dough Notes. Not as Good As I Was Expecting.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, Chicago’s Maproom (2004 version): toasted brown-garnet. Lasting and incredibly full off-tan cream on top. Grape-nut and plum aromatics with a huge hop presence as well as a large quaff of refined digestif alcohol…Dark fruity hop juices – plums with whole hop flowers, dark red apples all soaked in grapefruit juice and pine sap, WOW. Lasting fruity alcoholic bitterness warms the belly and the soul, great one to try on a blistery Chicago night…
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - DEC 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. aroma is roasted chocolate, fruit and malt. Flavor is sweet with that chocolate really coming out strong. Palate is nice and the alcohol is noticable.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one pours a deep brown with a reddish hue and has a nice thick tan head. The body looks a bit murky with some bits of stuff swimming around in it. It has decent head retention and leaves a nice lace about the glass. The aroma is strong with dark fruits and chocolate and as it warmed the citrus hops and alcohol seemed to stand out more. Very malty taste with a fruity sweetness standing at the front and a bit of hops to tame down the sweetness so it doesn’t overpower the flavor. There are also nice hints of dark fruits and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is a good with a nice full body and a lingering flavor. Great beer that is highly drinkable, pick one up if you haven’t already.
Tejas (824) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells good & looks good but doesn’t taste as good. Slightly hoppy at first giving away to roasty flavors. Sounds like it would be really good but something is off. There are better beers out there that do the same thing. Kind of thin too. Just another Great Divide brew that doesn’t have much to offer. I suspect my rating will be misleading due to the high marks for aroma & appearance.