bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of oak, caramel, florals, earth, and citrus. Flavor of oak, herbs, grass, and caramel malt with a dry, moderately bitter finish.
argo0 (11079) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft) Hazy dark red-brown body with creamy tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet,caramel, raisin, faint oak. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, chocolate, some raisin, light oak. Creamy medium body with a light alcohol burn.
Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ falling Rock poured a clear dark browen with red highlights and small diminishing amber head. Aromas of oak, carmel, cocoa and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of BIG oak, carmel and light vanilla with a lingering oaky finish.
BeerandBlues2 (8456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Great Divide. Pours hazy brown with an average, fizzy light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, roasted grain), light hop (herbs), average yeast (broth, leaves, earth) with notes of prune, date, wood, and brown sugar. Medium bodied, gritty texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft... Mid-GABF ’06, Great Divide Open House, Denver... Dark, ruby ale with a tight, tan head. Excellent retention. The aroma is a medley of caramel, chocolate, black cherries and woodsy vanilla. Cocoa, vanilla, oak and caramel flavor with mild bitterness. Full-bodied and creamy with tender carbonation. Sweet, chocolatey, earthy finish.
3fourths (7524) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2005
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dang, am I the only one that thought this smelled like peanuts? Had a weird, funky BO or moldy peanut scent mixed within a light oak flavor and behind a little but of some starchy berries. Small bite at the back of the tongue. I thought it would be better, but I was pretty dissappointed. Sorry about spitting it all over you Facto.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Great Divide. Immensely enduring beige head keeps the goal over the hazy caramel colored ale. Beefy, chewy cereal, caramel and biscuity malts are gently offered compliments by polite earthy and floral hops. The peachy and plum whispers fit into the vanilla laden like old mates. Medium bodied, silky smooth, no acidity, engaging light carbonation. Exceptional barrel-aging work that never appears aggressive, they might be one of the greatest at this.
BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery to start Day 2 of the GABF party:
Hazy amber hue with a small head and a bit of lace. The aroma has notes of carmel, toffee, spicy and grassy hops, earthy esters and some oaky notes. The taste starts quite balance with the woody character working well with the light bitter and spice notes. Nice malty and light sweet fruit background as well. The feel is velvery smooth and slightly sticky. A very good beer and well wood aged. The mjames spit take beer!
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the brewery: I have on my notes that the brewer said this was more of an old ale, but whatever. Pours a dark brown with a nice head- some lace. Aroma is lightly roasty with some chocolate and nutty hints. Low on the hops all the way through. Lots of oak and wood with some vanilla, but almost ocmes out a bit dry and harsh. Still pretty nice though.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft samples at Great Divide. Dark brown with a ruby hue around the edges. Small tan head. Aroma is caramel, thinned chocolate, dark fruit notes, wood, and vanilla. Taste is more wood, vanilla, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and light roasty malts. Body is medium-full with moderate carbonation. Ends with more chocolate caramel, dark fruits, wood and vanilla. Thank god the friendly folks at Great Divide kept ’em coming!