PorterPounder (5971) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from the bottle at the Ginger Man in Austin, Tx. Dark ruby red pour with a thick, creamy slightly off white head and thick lacing. Aroma is very fragrant with hints of fresh fruit cocktail soaked in brandy. Flavor has the same element with dates, raisins and citrus dominating. Very chewy and warming, an excellent companion for the cold winter night. High ABV is hidden rather well. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. A most excellent winter warmer - highly recommended.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of carob, honey, hops. Dark red and clear with no head. Rich and resinous in flavor with a bitter kick. Caramel and rum and nuts in the flavor. Has a kind of dated micro flavor.
Lubiere (10788) - 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 (4564) - 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.