JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2000 AD:Brown with a fair head. Malty Sweet aroma mixed with alcohol. Flavor of carmel and brown sugar. Slight bitterness on the finish
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2004 dark brown with a thick head. toffee aroma, big and malty. sweet malts, fruity. hopped lightly, moderate pine. a litle too sweet
ReRate: I like it this time. Plums, rasions, alcoholic candy, dark dull burgundy color. Nose is round, juicy sweet. Lots of cherryish malt, a bit of carmel, toffee, mild cookie, so soft. aged very well, way juicy
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep ruddy brown/garnet hue. Rocky light tan head. Sweet nose, light vinegar, apples, cherry. Big and chewy, cherries, caramel, very sweet, medium to full bodied. Finishes peppery with big alcohol flavor.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This ale is ruby red in color, with a thinish dishwater soap head. The nose is full of iron, fruit, and whiskey. The palate is light for an 8.1% beer and the dominant flavor is iron. The finish is quick clean, sweet, and slightly hoppy. I find this beer to one dimensional and rather boring.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Vintage 2000) Lovely red gold color. Energetic head. Fruity aroma. I was expecting something light and happy, but what I got left me dumbfounded. This beer has serious balls. It's hearty, with a broad malty flavor, reminiscent of some of the more expensive barley wines I've had. Overtones of wood and hints of fruit are finished off with an unassuming hoppy touch at the end that warms the soul. This is a damn fine beer.
argo0 (12498) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Muddy brown body with no head. Aroma is sweet plum/raisin, caramel, wood, and sherry. Taste is very sweet and malty, some dark fruitiness, wood, and light sherry/wine. Body is syrupy and minimally carbonated.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 dark ruby color with small head aroma and tasteis malty, yeasty with hints of dark fruits. some spiciness is present as well syrupy and sweet, alcohol also show through. decent but nothing special
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 2003 bottle. Body is dark reddish-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, molasses), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of sherry, toffee, raisin, cask wood, and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Not a bad sipping brew, actually...on the sweet side to be sure, but not overly so. There's just enough sourness and bitterness to keep it drinkable.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2004 Very dark and reddish with a slight haze. Big and fruity aroma (mostly apples, some dark fruits). Smooth and thickish, yet has a milky consistency. Lightly spiced. Very sweet (toffee and molasses) malts. Very fruity, with fig and raisin notes. Hint of bitterness in the finish, but not quite enough to balance out the heavy sweetness. Last year's was much lighter than the one I just had (Jan. 2004).
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear ruby, with a minimal head and non-existant lace. Very small amount of carbonation present. Strong, vinous aroma - fruits like raisin, plum, caramel malts, and alcohol all tickle the nostrils. Flavor is quite sweet, sugary, caramel, and underlying alcohol, along with a mild bitterness in the back that was very subtle. Mouthfeel was buttery and thick. Alcohol is warming towards the end of the small bottle.