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
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong initial aroma of alcohol. Flavors are toffee, caramel, and alcohol. There is also a very distinct ’old ale’ flavor to this. It is a little thinner in body than bell’s third coast old ale, but is pleasant nonetheless.
rshutes99 (1) - wallis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2001 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice full flavored ale. Hints of caramel and coffee.
Aubrey (3411) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2001
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has a roasty, coffee-like smell that’s very inviting. Frothy tan head with a beautifully clear, deep-red mahogany color. Trappist Ales Rule’s ’chewy hops’ description hit the nail on the head. Assertive mouthfeel. Very roasty & toasty, and sort of nutty. Loved the rich coffee hints. Quite the throat warmer also. I really enjoyed this beer... thanks to T.A.R.