Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep ruby with thin long lasting khaki head...smelled roasty sweetness and alcohol, definately made me feel "wintery"...tasted thin yet chewy (as the CD says)...caramel, sweet, bittersweet, bitter...alcohol and bitter finish...good winter brew!
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2005 01 bottle-aroma of caramel and alcohol. sweet malt taste. hop taste is hidden, but this is not a one sided beer. finish is a nice combo of alcohol, bitter and caramel.8, 3,8,4,17.
04 bottle-green raisin nose with a lot of malt and possibly columbus hops with a definate coffee aroma. pours a ruddy brown with a yellow half finger filmy head. taste is smokey chocolate coffee with a strong bitterness. nice hop finish that mixes with the sweet flavors well. 7, 4, 7, 3, 15. iíll stick with the original numbers because it is obvious this beer needs to lay down for a bit and the 01 was 3 years old and possibly at its prime. need a vertical of this.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Metallic red in color when held up to the light. Fine full-bosomed long lasting head with lacing like a splatter all over the glass. Enticing ring of head along the side of the glass. Large bubbles stick out like icebergs.
The nose was hit with cranberries, caramel, sugar coated raisins and dark cherries dipped in alcohol. Nice nose!
Very very very flavorful. Rich and extreamly malty. Flavors of blueberries, suddle chocolate, sour cherries, caramel and a definate tart undertone trying to break through.
Very well balanced and very well made.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown color, very little head. The nose is some malt sweetness topped off with hops. Tastes of alcohol and bitterness, - just a hint of sweetness. Not bad.
CapFlu (4242) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours near opaque with an almond head. Layers of malt, figs and a fruity hop to the nose. Smokey coffee on the back of the palate, yet very viscous and malty all around. A very good beer. Many thanks Argo!
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2005 2004: Poured a very deep red with small off white head. Aroma is all malt with a sweet nose. Flavor again was almost all malt. Sweet flavors include chocolate and cherrys. Mmmm. Palate is smooth and thick.
2002: Murky deep amber. Sweet and fruity aroma. Slightly tart. As it warmed smelled like a sweaty foot. Flavor was fruity with light tartness. Nice notes of chocolate. Semi-dry finish.
2005: Clear deep amber color. Aroma was dry and chalky. Had notes that were vegetal or like tea. Chocolate and some remenants of a cleaned out but used ash tray. Flavor of light malt and very dry. Makes my mouth tighten. Hmm odd. Bad Bottle?
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, my brew is very flat. Aroma of molasses and slight pine. Deep mahogany in color and flat pour. Grapefruit flavors interwoven with toasted caramel and brown sugar. Aspirin like finish. Very nice, I wish I had a fresh one.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 12 oz bottle. Bought a few of the 2001 bottling after a tour of Great Divide brewery. Pours reddish-carmel with a thin grey head. Warm molassas, pine, and dark roast smells. Taste of carmel and coffee. A roast backbone, with very little hops in the taste. Dry, a bit astringent in the finish, though that seems to mellow as the glass progresses. Palate big and malty. It is the wrong sort of weather to fully appreciate this beer. I will have to save the rest to drink when there is snow on the ground.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark purple/garnet in color, fluffy, creamy head. Nose is spicy, warm, sweet, buttery, notes of cramel, cinnamon, toast, nutmeg, nuts. An excellent aroma bouquet. Smooth mouthfeel, great texture, full body. One of the most sweet, smooth, and comforting dark ales of any style Iíve ever come across. An excellent beverage, rich in texture, full with malt, little bitterness but a woefully short finish, for all itís flavor. This one goes in my Hall of Fame of winter ales!
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - AUG 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy dark brown/purple with a wildy loose head of dirty brown bubbles. Smells of chocolate, maple syrup and roastiness. Taste is sweet chocolate, the asaid maple syrup, grapes, dark roasted coffee. Aftertaste is alcohol and a nasty hop burn of the pencil shaving/ copper penny/ blood variety. Tasty beer, but unsettling at the end.