ElGaucho (2291) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GTM. Not much of an aroma. Slight hoppy bitterness. Clear amber, no bubbles. Reasonably lasting, light tan head. Nice color and lace. Rich, sweetness, alcohol. Takes a second to get used to this after Edmund Fitzgerald. A little on the cloying side.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent reddish brown with a thin head that fades. Aroma is of roasted nuts, brown sugar, slight coffee, and a slight caramel with a nice fruit/citrusy hoppiness just underneath. Flavor is of roast nuts, caramel, citrusy and fruity hops. Thin body, watery palate. Very nice beer but its a bit to thin.
tmad (93) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a copper red with a thin head. You can definitely smell the fruity hops. There is a good amount of caramel malt flavor, but the hops still dominate, itís surprising that the alcohol content is so high, it does not have that strong alcohol taste. This is a new favorite of mine, you canít go wrong with Great Lakes.
Zeswaft (1455) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is a huge resemblance of this beer to Sierra Nevada Celebration ale. Lots of fruity hops, good amount of malt, and some spiciness. Just a little more stronger all around. Highly recommended.
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid amber hue with a healthy head. Juicy beer. Sweet, toasty malts. Forest-like hops, with a nice nip of citrus. Nice body; nice balance. Alcohol is hidden fairly well, though it come up with a dryish, nuttiness. Overall, really good beer. Goes down easy with big notice.
drewcifer85710 (158) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh mommy! This oneís a winner. A big bright shining star in Great Lakesí lineup of international superhero beverages. This is like a stronger Burning River, with nearly twice the Krunk Juice! Yowza!
aracauna (3234) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive coppery brown. Good, lasting head. Very toasty maltiness in the aroma. Touch of phenols. A bit hoppy. Nicely malty with strong hop bitterness. Pretty tasty.
DrnkMcDermott (2894) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2006 Draft, at GLBC. I should save this for rating #666, but who knows if I can hold on to the notes that long. Orangey brown color, light lacing still in the sampler glass after Iíve been throught the other samples. Smells of honey and a touch of cinnamon. Still has a big hop bouquet to go along. Despite its ABVís, not much of an alcohol burn. A fine finish to a great sampler tray at Great Lakes.
Extra note, 11/20/06: Five weeks ago I was pouring beer at the <a href="http://ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?e Park Oktoberfest, and I took a growler of this beer home from the tap at the end. As of now Iím still pulling off it, and even from a jug of dubious sanitation, this is still a burly beer, with lots of malt and lots of hop. Strong enough to survive some very beer-unfriendly conditions! And still very yummy!
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very pretty beer. Deep amber in color with a crimson hue, plus a thick, slightly rocky head. Almost breathtaking. Fairly muted aroma, but as it warms the orange citric hops with sweet maltiness show their faces. Lovely and tingly on the tongue. Rich and full figured, this baby packs a malty wallop with a strong dose of grapefruity hops. Slight alcohol at the finish. If you want a buzz, this could be your beer. Thanks to bkelley for the sample.
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a small head. Aroma is hops and malt. Flavor is hops, with some sugar and malt. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Very drinkable.