oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours copper with a thin white head. It has a hoppy floral aroma and flavors of malts, hops, caramel, and fruits.
Very well balanced with a crisp finish.
An excellent American Strong Ale.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. sort of an orangey-red copper in color with an off-white head which fades to just a bit of lace. starts out sweet and malty and finishes with a huge hop presence. I really enjoyed this one but I think it could have been a little better with more balance on the front end. Big thanks to Lou18 for this big beer!
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a copper color that is playfully close to full-on red. Nose is instantly alive and surprisingly malty sweet with caramel, nuts and overripe fruit. Flavor starts smooth and sweet like the aroma but is rounded out by a sharp, powerful hop bitterness of citrus. The balance is gorgeous and each drink is revelatory and new.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with BBB63 (thanks!). Bottle labeled best before Nov. 20, 04. Poured a medium and clear amber color with a very small sized off white head. The color had a reddish hue to it as well. Aromas of hops (still there after a year past its BB date), oranges, citrus, and a light smokiness in the background. Tastes of orange peel, citrus and caramel. Nicely balanced. Sticky body. I wonder what the hops would be like in a fresh bottle.
geno5 (21) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blood red with a nice head, faint smell of cherries. Taste was hoopy fruits. Refreshing. Thanx Lou18 for the Halloween treat!
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 Thanks to Hopdog. Pours an orange amber with an average tan lacing head. Aroma of sweet tea, maybe some tobacco and slight hops. Flavor I was picking up more of the hops and some of the same things that I picked up in the aroma. Maybe some pine hops as well.
thegreenrooster (3603) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a amber with a white head. Aroma is a nice deep hop smell with lots of fruit showing up. Flavor is hoppy and dark malts. Lots of dark fruit and caramel are in this one. Very tasty and one of the better brews from great lakes.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A delicious surprise. Bottle courtesy of Ohiodad. Rich hop aroma balanced with alcohol and malt. Orange amber. Light foam. Full body. Delicious hop and spice held up by solid malt. A bit of pepper in the finish. More than expected.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bright tan color, very white foamy head. Aromoa is very slight. Taste starts out very hoppy and ends with a bitter finish.
Kevin (2158) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
red tan pour with a friggin huge latticework of an off white head. strong alcohol and peach jam nose. some nutty notes with benzene arise too, the benzene is actually pleasant. a lot of peach here, very inviting. spiced rum flavor with homemade sweet rolls. the malty finish is enjoyable, i get to compare it to my new favorite substance, sorgum molasses. the finish is aluminum baseball bat and sorgum molasses. a bit of orange citrus in there to keep this evened out. i like this brew, it reminds me a lot of a fullers vintage.