winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a clear copper with a thin, off-white head, low carbonation from the 12 oz bottle. Gentle aromas of caramel and dark fruits. Flavors mimic the aromas with the addition of a nice balanced hop presence. Thin in body for an ale like this, though the alcohol is well hiden.
thebeertourist (5175) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Hollinghead’s, Orange, CA. Copper-coloured with medium creamy head. Spicy caramel aroma. Well-balanced caramel and hop aroma. Medium body and good carbonation. A beer full of balance and harmony.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep amber with frothy off-white head. Nose is bold and malty sweet with hints of caramel and spicey hops. Flavor is crisp and sweet with fruity notes and just enough hops to clean you out for the next swallow.
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. The perfect, expected copper color with very little head. Malty aromas were great. Lots of caramel, and dark fruit. Malty flavors too. But the hops came through and added a touch of bitter. Pretty good stuff
muzzlehatch (4466) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from Julios in Westboro, MA (February 2005), cellar temperature in a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass. Hazy amber-bronze, just beautiful and metallic in the glass, with a lasting dollop of off-white fine-bubbled head....pungent nose, woody and lightly farmy, wet green hops and dried mushrooms, nice but not distinct or potent enough....the tongue is not excited by the lightly bitter, fairly dry woody-twiggy character throughout, touches of citrus and dessicated caramel notwithstanding....some saving graces provided by a sweet, thick nutty note towards the finish....carbonation low to moderate, mouthfeel rather flat....ummm, all right but I probably won’t try it again.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice copper body with a slight off kilter head. Nice hops in the aroma. Decent fruity nose and taste with a nice bitter finish.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handpump. Hoppy aromas, copper color and a nice head. Flavors of fruit and hops. The body is not as bold as I would have liked, it is somewhat on the watery side.
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy orange brown color with very minimal amounts of wispy white head. Aroma is very citrus oriented, with some earthy woody undertones and a strong sugared grapefruit essence. Flavor not what i expected, extremely sweet and malty, slight sweet fruit flavor with a light watery mouthfeel. Overall, enjoyable but not stupendous.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Amber pour with a light head, only complaint is that it needs some carbonation. Creamy, lightly sweet, malt aroma. Hints of sharpness as it warms. Flavors of light flat root beer, sweet malt, wood, minimal hops in the body (balance only really) but a lightly bitter finish. Medium body and mouth feel. Better cold. I’ve got to say that I liked this in a general way, but I was disappointed to see that it was an American Strong Ale. I rather thought it was a good amber ale. Oh well..
CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY. Pours a creamy tan head with a clouded reddish-amber body. Nose of cask whiskey, machine oil and hops. Flavour of very orange and lemon strong ale. Very bitter and nice alcohol warming. Very enjoyable!