npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber-red, slighlty cloud, with an off-white head. Nose is sweet and malty with some grapefruity hops. Flavor is bitter and citric, backed up by caramel tasting malts: wonderful balance.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper brown with a frothy off-white head. Aroma boasts a strong bittering hop presence and caramel malt backbone. Starts very syrupy and sweet with the hop bitterness and a touch of pepper becoming stronger toward a semi-dry, grainy finish. Malt seems drier and more earthy than most strong ales. Finishes sticky and dry with some warming alcohol. This could use some more balance and fine tuning, but itís still a decent brew. Thanks JPDIPSO!
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle on Halloween - Poured rich and blood red with a nice froth & slosh.. Heavy nose of barley and bread, sweet honey and mead. Taste is all over the map delicious with complexity like eating all your Halloween candy at once. Dark chocolate and licorice, with a little sweet tart and joo-joo fruit...then alcohol..lots of alcohol Makes you wanna howl at the moon and knaw on a neck of a nubile nypmph. I Like! Peppered cantalope???
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve gotten so bored with the Satan-themed beers, that itís a warm welcome to find a good, old-fashioned vampire-inspired ale! Hereís to more in the future...Bela Lugosiís Red, anyone? But, on with the brew...
A hue as hot as Hades, full and fierce crimson, shadily hazy, with numerous floatillas, under a respectable raft of creamy beige-toned foam.
Yeast starts the nose, malt is next, and we feel like weíre basking in new-baked cookies, at first, then...then a soft, citrus scent comes in, light spice, banana cream pie whispers in, zesty, alert, and lively...just-so delicious!
Jet-fueled entry on the palate, a blazingly friendly touchdown on the tongue, hoppy, and happy, bursting with an urgent appeal of flavor, bold, bright, and potent. Dark fruits are first in the taste, bread, biscuits, light citric zest, and a blast of spice on the side...this is all perceived in the flavor, but I donít mean to imply it is contained in the recipe. Yum, I keep on thinking, as the mouthfeel gets thicker, the finish near impenetrable, and my admiration grows. This is an upstanding nightcap here, a cool, mellow, but undeniably big olí beast in the mouth...the kind of ale that clubs as it caresses...a cool thing to do. Iíd be happy with a case of this, to tide the winter-time away!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured deep amber with medium off white head...smell is very fruity...melons and earth fruits...also alcohol...taste was malt then alcohol then hops...not a whole lot to say...not impressed at all...
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BBB63 for this one. Pours deep copper with big white head. Aroma of malt, big fruit, cognac, some hops. Tastes malty, with fruit, hops, slight spirits, and a dense, semi dry finish. Solid, and very good. Earn your red wings, then get yourself some Nosferatu to wash it all down.
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unfiltered orange copper. Fat, creamy head settles to a puttylike fluff which sticks all over the glass. Soft, flowery hop scents with hints of orange zest, peach, soap, and apricot. Restrained mineral, caramel, and bready malt notes. Creamy, lightly fuzzy carbonation. Moderate sweetness commences with rich apricot hoppines meshing into a rounded malt body and progressively rich citrus flavor. Touch of acidity cushions the resinous sweetness, giving way to perfume and a slightly astringent, Munich-like twang. Cakey body with substantial glazed malt girth exuding more as it warms, lending an adequate backdrop to the resinous hops and grapefruit pungency. Pine accentuates the sweetness. Fairly under-attenuated finish, mostly dominated by persistent honeyed citrus rind and developing rich malt sweetness splashed with peppered cantaloupe and pine. Spice-tinged hop residue coats the palate and lingers well beyond the swallow, continuing to numb the palate. Nicely done, but it does little to separate itself from the plethora of other hoppy beers in its class with its boring, redundant, hop character.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored. Nose malty and nutty, a bit soapy. Taste quite hoppy, very citric, lots of grapefruit. Nicely balanced by nutty caramel
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Clear amber/golden color with red highlights and an off white head. Aroma: hops, grapefruit, citrus, lemon, earth, spices. Flavor: hops, grapefruit, caramel, grains, herbs. Medium body.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I crying shame this is not brewed year round... The best of the Great lakes IMO. looking forward to the next release. BETTER MAKE IT QUICK!!!