Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 - deeep dark ruby red color. nice head and lacing. Thick body - it even looked like the bubbles had a hard time rising to the top. At first taste, it seemed a bit overly "fruity" - raison/berry flavors. Improved and mellowed as it warmed - some dark chocolate. mostly dry finish. Had a few and the higher alc % started kickin in.....sneaky.
softale (188) - Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice one here. ’99 sample. Some fruit tones in the nose along with some brown sugar. This has pretty good body that is a bit covered up with a high level of carbonation. Not what I’d describe as a ’hoppy’ beer but there is an enjoyable bitterness on the back end of this that tells you to slow down, sit back and savour this. Nicely balanced. I will be adding this to my ’winter brew’ list.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent. Pours out to a dark brown with a tan head. Initial smell is that of plums. Taste is malty and rich with enough alcohol present to let you know its there, but blended in well. A fine winter-style offering that was enjoyed on an August night. A very, very good beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rudy chestnut color with a small thick tan head. Aroma of toffee and caramel. Flavors of dark chocolate, toasty malt, slight coffee and roasted pecans. Alcohol comes out along with the bitterness as it warms and in the finish. A decent winter warmer.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty, strong, with a bit of bittersweet chocolate in there. Hoppy finish, but not too much so. It tasted like several beers mixed together, actually, and doesn’t really even imitate the other English strong ales I’ve tried, which is a good thing for the most part. Quite roasty, toasty malt compliments the rest of the tastes and produces a very good beer. I didn’t realize this was 8.1 percent ABV, so it must have been well-hidden. A nice brew!
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well done! This beer was perfectly balanced...great malt taste full of flavor that isnt overpowering....complimented by hoppy finish....great!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Year produced ’01: Pours with a thin head on a ruby colored body. Slight alcohol aroma, with some malty toffee tones. Smooth mouthfeel and excellent malt flavors. The muted hops add a nice finish. Thanks legion242!
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has a really nice redish color, malty aroma. I was surpised to learn of the high alcohol content - no alcohol aroma or taste. It has a slight caramel taste. I could certainly drink a bunch of this and hibernate!
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The sap is flowing, the snow is melting, the reddish tinge of buds on trees ... A month or two ago this would have been fine fireside, nodding ale - now its lively alcohol presence and malty power announce an end to Hibernation. Love the ominous rumble of the closing hops! This thing will bring you wide awake and into spring in a hurry.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is definitely a warmer. Roasty, alcohol aroma. Roasted malt really comes through in flavor. A decent strong ale