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RATINGS: 522   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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A malty beer with a notable toasty flavor derived from lightly roasted malt. Slight fruit and hop accents add to the overall complexity. Available Mid-January to late March


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 28, 2004
In the bottle at the 2004 Crescent Moon Vintage Beer Tasting. Tart malty amber beer. Sweet and nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bd0gg4 (13) - Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2004
Pours very nicely into a glass and is an off brown color in the glass, good head on it. Goes down very smooth with almost a coffee type flavor to it as well as a slight fruit quality. Overall quite a good beer to sit out and watch the sunset over Lake Superior with.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 15, 2004
Bottled Poured an average sized off-white head that dissipated after a few minutes; fair lacing. Reddish-orange color; slight chill haze that cleared as the glass warmed. Very nice aromas of toasty, almost honey-ish, caramel malt and a honeydew melon-like fruitiness; touch of diacetyl. Sweet toasty caramel malt at the start which carried through to the finish. Mid-palate had a subdued hop flavor and bitterness. Bready character emerged near the finish and lasted briefly into the aftertaste. Aftertaste had a light grainy maltiness along with a gentle bitterness and a melon-like fruitiness. Palate was light to medium bodied with a lively carbonation. A pleasantly easy drinking yet complex ale. I was especially taken by the aroma of this one. Very nice. Thanks Drew!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2004
This beer is a deep rich brown/tan in the glass. Not as red as I was expecting it to be. The head was frothy at it’s peek...But faded quickly. The aroma was some what sweet, Ithis was a hint of fruit. It starts out with a sharp hoppy burst then mellows out into a sweet malty full taste. The is little to no aftereffect, or taste lingering around from this beer. Very good for thsee semi-warm nights.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - APR 9, 2004
UPDATED: APR 20, 2004 Soft and smooth like a whipped butter toffee, this beer was mildy toasty but mostly smooth and gone down my throat. Maybe a bit of a woody note, but mostly caramel and some grape tones. Finishes mildly bitter. Despite the 6+%, this would be an agreeable session beer. THANK YOU DREW for yet another wonderful surprise!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2004
Thanks to CB & TAR for sending me this Irish Ale; I say Great Folks ya’ll!
Pours a rich mahogany body and a wispy but discernable head. The aroma is malty and sweet… it smells like it will have a dry finish…. Kind of musty and fruity but it just seems like the finish will not linger around. The flavor is exceptionally malty.. earthy and delicate, has notes of cedar wood and some peppery likeness, maybe a notch of clove, but certainly sharp. The finish is as I had anticipated… it’s gone without a trace of ever having arrived.
This beer has such a aridness and earthy quality to it… that’s where all the uniqueness is found.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2011 Original Rating, March 29, 2004: Pours a dark amber color with not much of a head. Aroma is very much of grain. The taste... holy malted barley Batman! It kinda tasted like Grape Nuts. A little wheat and some hops to slightly balance the flavor, but pure barley is the overwhelming contributor. I liked it, but I can certainly understand why many wouldn’t.

Re-rating, April 15, 2011: Copper color with a small head. Aroma of caramel malts and a bowl of cereal, like Cheerios. Light caramel flavor. Smooth graininess. Slightly buttery, but not in an infected way. Same score.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Dark amber color,small off white head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was malty sweet with a light honey like quality,some fruit and maybe some toffee hints.The flavor was malty and toffeeish with a decent amount of hops showing towards the end and a light fruit accent.The toffee has an almost burnt character to it towards the end.Not a bad brew at all but i guess i'd have to say i'm not to fond of the burnt like flavor,maybe i just needed more then one for a better review of this brew.Thanks to Jpdipso for sending this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thehoff (585) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Orange, amber. Thin offwhite head. Smells sweet and malty. Very nice flavor. Very light, a little dry, no real bitterness from the hops which surprises me. Nice and subtle.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 21, 2004
This bottled brew from Masterbruewer poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored long lasting bubbles. The body was softly carbonated transparent and red brown colored. The aroma was very mild and almost non-existent with only a slight red malt scent to it. The mouth feel was mildly bitter with a medium malt hop bite. The flavor was a somewhat weak red beer flavor with mild malt and hops.


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