GirlyBeer (190) - Old Orchard Beach, Maine, USA - FEB 10, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a tasty beer. Very nice color, very little head. Nice lacing. Itís not just for Halloween.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown/amber with tan head. Malty, some sour European style malt and hop aromas are present. A nice sharp bitterness seems to cover the malt that I was expecting. Itís a decent hop bill, but Iím a bit dissapointed in the laco of malt. There is only a little sweet malt, and the finish is quite heavily bitter.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Best by date of April 2005, Sampled December 2004
Pours a pretty red color that is brilliantly clear. It is topped by a fluffy light tan head. The aroma smells of thin grain, a hint of butterscotch, and caramel. The aroma is lightly sweet, yet light and crisp. There seems to be some subtle spicing going on here. Most notably I get some astringency towards the end and in the finish. Perhaps I get some notes of nutmeg. This beer is quite light on the palate. I am not quite sure what to think about this beer. It is quite light and does not have as much flavor as I was expecting. I think that the spices have died down quite a bit, and all that is left is a bit of spicy astringency in the finish.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2005
2004 bottle. Well it pours a dark copper, burgundy brownish color with a rapidly fleeting beige head. Notes of light hops and dry nutty notes. Some yeast as well. Flavor definitely sticks with you; itís bitter and has a light malt sweetness, but itís faint and only appears on the finish. Mostly some yeast and lots of hoppiness and spiciness. Medium body, not too much carbonation, but still too filtered. A bit tinny on the end. Could use some more fruitiness from more of an Enlgish yeast apparency, as well as more malt.
October 28th 2005 draught at Grittys in Portland. Moderate amount of beige head atop a filtered deep brownish-ruby body. Smells of sweet malts, toffee, caramel, chocolate. No yeast, barely any hops. Simple texture, with draught carbonation adding most of the mouthfeel, just a light touch of sticky sugars otherwise. Didnt get any alcohol apparency out of this one, but I could see that happening on nitro. Boring and nowhere near close to any malt depth, but not offensive. 6/3/5/3/10
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
ESB? Works for me. Well made ans easy to drink ale with plenty of pleasant bitterness and a good finish. Easily found on tap through many pubs I poked my head in and enjoyed each time.
littlebibs (11) - Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one is a winner, great mix of sweet and bitter and so many little tastes in
between add up to one of the spookiest
treats to come out for a fall seasonal.
Like Magic Hatís JINX this one is unusal
tasting but kicks in when it warms. Great ESB and what a bottle cover! Get
it whiles it here.
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Label slightly different, the beer is called "Grittyís Halloween Ale." This was a very tasty beer with more complexity than your standard esb. Caramelly and fruity.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2005 This is the best october beer iíve ever had. Since i really dislike the pumpkin ales this coppery is a great addition to the seasonís offerings. I had it on tap and simply loved every minute of it. Nice spicey flavors DYCSoccer17 below me hit the nail on the head as far as the review goes, except my tap beer smelled wonderful and I thought it bit well off the bat.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very faint slightly malty slight caramel aroma. Slight peppery spices and maybe hints of Ivory soap in the nose. Needs a more robust nose. Nice transparent orage/copper/amber color with a nice frothy off-white head. Cool label. Start is slightly bland and a tad thin. The middle gets a little peppery and spicy. Finish has small bitter hops dancing around in circles with nice roasty malts to bring up the rear. This beer is hit or miss. The aroma is kinda crap, the start is kinda crap, but the finish and the appearance are gorgeous. Not sure where to rate this guy.
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Verrry good! Nice dark color, decent aroma, and great taste. Seemed similar to an Oktoberfest. I'm going to look for this again.