bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle(vintage 2002). A three year old bottle!Make that four years old if I waited 2 more days. Dark red and hazy in color. No seeing through it. Off white head. Strong bready aroma, with a slight bourbon scent also. Hoppy warming flavor, soft sugars, much like nutra-sweet. Very good American Strong Ale. I would recommend this to others, and this means you fool!
stouby (3860) - Holbæk, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, at home.
Dark red with beige head, almost diminishing, good lacings. Aroma moderate malty (bread, caramel, roasted), heavy hoppy (soft flowery). Flavor moderate sweet, heavy bitter, long duration. Medium body, oily, soft carbonated. Vintage 2005.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a minimal amount of white wispy head. Aroma is very earthy: oaks, smoke, floral, caramel and slight burbony scents. Flavor is sweet, yet very spicey, like taco spicey. Really not a fan of the flavor. Overall, didnt live up to what i had hoped for.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottle courtesy of Brock_Landers. Dark brown pour with a decent sized head. Spicy aroma. Nice and smooth now thanks to the age on the bottle, I get a malty almost peanut flavor from it. Really nice. I’ll be buying some to age next time I can find it.
thedm (4984) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 This bottled brew made in 2003 poured a small sized head of foamy fine to medium sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was dark and hazy with finely granulated sediments floating in the body and dark brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of smoky caramel roasted malts chocolate and was very nice. Its mouth feel is tingly mild vinous bubbly with a palate and a smooth aftertaste. Its flavor contained vinous dark beer brown malts dark malts Irish red malty notes and was very tasty.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber. Aroma is dominated by chocolate and sweet malts. Chocolate, spices, and carmalized sugar all come through in the taste. Finishes with a small hop bitterness that lingers pretty well. I must revisit this one before the Winter is over.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz brown bottle purchased from Armanetti’s, Libertyville, IL. 8.1% ABV. Clear dark amber ale having a small diminishing head. Soft carbonation. Earthy, spicy, and caramel aromas. Medium-to-full bodied that starts with spice, conifer (juniper?), wood, smoke, caramel and light sweet malt flavors. Finishes dry with lingering bitterness. Interesting deeply spicy complex flavors which some may find overwhelming. This is a very good warm and spicy drinkable winter brew. Warming this beer to near room temperature is necessary for full flavor development.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 vintage: Deep brown hue. Sweet fruity nose, caramel, grain, hops. Pale tan head, mostly diminishing leaving some lace. Soft palate, toasty grain, caramel, cocoa, cherry, nutty, medium body, with nice hopped up finish. Quite bitter, pungent hops, spicy and in your face. Quite enjoyable I must say.
NachlamSie (2855) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2013 10 oz. pour at the brewery followed by a pint at Illegal Pete’s. I was looking forward to revisiting this one. It’s near black with a tall light head. The aroma is a little different from the norm with hints at seaweed, rice, leather, fresh oak and chocolate. The palate is medium heavy and creamy. There is a sharp crisped rice cereal character with an almost smoky backdrop. Notes of earth, cacao nibs and slight dark fruits are in the flavor. Great winter beer.
jigglyjock (163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich chocolate malts. I healthy medium hop bitterness. Thick surupy mouth feel with a low carbonation. Perfect winter ale. Has that hearty richness you need on a cold day.