sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beautiful dark garnet; very small head; lots of tiny floaties. First whiff makes me think, "IPA"; alas, aroma mostly hops with substantial citrus notes and perhaps some caramel. Flavor is big: significant malt but overshadowed by the huge hop presence; again, some caramel. Full-bodied, yet clean. Too hoppy for my tastes, but very good nonetheless.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I found this beer in a bottle in Indianapolis. The smell if of nice citrus hops. The beer has a nice thick consistency to it when poured. The taste is very full and has nice hop bite. I think this is more a double IPA than a strong ale, but anyway -- itís great!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh floral hop-caramel nose with some grapefruit. Taste starts malty then the hops kick in. Tasty and very drinkable, not as aggressive as Arrogant Bastard but along the same lines.
OldGrowth (3102) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from trade with JCW.Good aroma, Caramel,honey,orange/grapefruit, bread crust. Nice head that faded slowly. Orange amber color, very slight haze. Bittersweet flavors. Grapefruit/orange, aluminum, carmel. Has bite. Medium to full bodied,creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter citrusy dry finish. Slight warming. Nice beer. Didnít get the big nose that some seem to get, Oh well. Thanks JCW.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 24, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocked. Poured an orange/amber with a medium beige head. Big aroma of malt and caramel with a little bit of hops. Big malty flavor followed up with hops. Little bit of citrus. Finishes a bit dry. Very nice beer.
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 (7133) - 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...