GregClow (2988) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught sample at O’Brien’s, San Diego. Tea-like amber colour. Aroma is milder than expected, but quite fresh, with leafy hops and caramel malts. Flavour has similar characteristics, and is quite well balanced. Really hides that 7.7% - good thing I only had a small sample, as it went down very quickly.
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2007 Superb beer hides its alcohol behind a smooth and polished flavor. Excellent balance between hop aroma, bitterness, malt and sweetness. Really an excellent session beer, although at 7.7 you better sip slowly ... I wish I could get this on tap.
Well, they dropped the alcohol content on this from 7.7 to 5.9. Nowhere near as tasty a beer now .. rerate for current recipe :-(.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty cooper coloring, nice head. Caramely malt, Strong but smooth enough that you could keeping drinking these all night, althouhg you shouldn’t need more than one.
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange reddish copper color. Slight caramel taste bitter and strong but smooth.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
orange/amber color with medium lacing. very smooth taste with an almost creamy aftertaste. Strong hints of caramel and hops. almost a piney/spicy taste to it.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange Auburn amber with a medium sized white head. Rich caramel malt aroma. Aroma carrys over to the flavor, totally dominated by caramel malt, some bracing bitterness from hops, particularly noticable in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly smooth, with a sticky build up.
Heatwaves (54) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 26, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very flavorful. Upon the first pour, I was surprised what a large head developed on this one. I delicately pour all of my beers, but this one developed about a two inch head! It quickly dissapated to about a 1/4 for the remainder of the drinking experience. This is a nice, rich malty beer with sugary aromas. Wonderful red-copper color. So easy to drink and I was shocked to discover its relatively high alcohol content. It certainly didn’t taste like it. A solid beer, I’ll be drinking this one again.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
imagine taking the spare change out of the bottom of your pocket and sucking on it with a mouthful of killians to boot. though, not in a boot, just to boot. still, despite its metallic namesake, a very tasty brew.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap. Surprised to see it’s 7.7% ABV. Certainly doesn’t taste like it. Poured a light amber with white head. Smell dominated by malt but nice hoppiness. Taste is malty sweet and has a lingering pit-fruitiness. A very good brew, no tastes are in-your-face. Nice session beer. It’s hard to get some love in the hop-dominated world, but this is worth a try.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured dark amber with a thick tan head. Good head retention. Smell was like peach yogurt essentially. Very fruity and malty. The taste was so sweet on tap it kind of hit you in the face. Slightly similar to Arrogant Bastard but did not compare. A bit alcoholic as it went down. Not bad.