Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden amber; richly malty - rye bread, toffee; complex malt palate - chocolate chip cookies, slight tropical fruit esters, depth of toast notes & bread crust.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color. Sweet malty, light hop nose. Fruity hop bite, quite sweet. Good alcohol content, nice long palate.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tiger orange with some haze. after a minute the head is down to just a skin of die hard little bubbles. the nose is balanced caramel malt and cedary hop, and quite engaging. whiskey and apple flavor, medium bodied, good bitterness. i put mine away without any grief at all. you’d think it was castor oil and battery acid by some of the ratings on this page, but i think it’s complex, medium bodied and pretty good. references to killians, which really IS swill, seem the product of overblown expectations rather than conway’s being a poor offering. so there.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours a medium clear reddish amber. The mostly diminishing off-white head starts out full and creamy, and has good lacing. The complex malty nose is bold and spicy with a caramel toastiness balanced by resinous herbs and soapy dough. The bittersweet flavor is balanced yet moderate with an acidic toasty quality. The body is outstanding, and if I would have been blindfolded, I would have had no idea of the brew’s color. This brew tastes ALOT darker than it looks. The body is medium to full with lively carbonation a creamy texture that finishes very dry. Great Lakes brewing continues to impress me.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAR 20, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
a smooth malty irish red but I expected something with more flavour from great lakes
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper/red. Decent creamy head. Nose of malt,peat, and something that reminded me of rotted vegetables?? Very smoooth body,palate is very ’clean’ with a trace of peaty smokiness and subtle malt, light hops at the end that actually work pretty well. Very drinkable but flexes no muscle, even at 6.5%
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Great Looking, but not great tasting Ale.... Great Lakes runs the gamut of quality in it’s brews, and this one is right in the middle of them. They have many better products to offer.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2004 Amber red body with sweet malt aroma - fresh. Body is mildy carbonated, smoothing out as it warms. Thick caramel paints the center of the tongue and roof of my mouth. Finish is hoppier than some of the style - I liked that, it helped balance out the sweetness.
joet (2137) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 25, 2001
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hints of chocolate and peat, butter and alcohols. Some mineral component not altogether pleasant -- tastes like calcium carbonate.
TAR (2444) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2001
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 Very well balanced with lovely malt overtones.