AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slightly hoppy aroma mixed in the malt. Brown, clear, minimal head. Lighter palate than I was expecting at 8.8%, and this was very drinkable, and liable to sneak up on you. Very tasty.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting offering. Expecting an old ale/barleywine style, this was much lighter in the palate than I might have expected. Still, very nice malt characteristics, strongly hopped, and very enjoyable.
fly (1392) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - DEC 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Another good offering. I keep looking to see what will be coming next.
eeesh, can’t believe I entered only the above so long ago. Muy malty and plenty hoppy, but not in the Bigfoot or other Cali ways. More leaning to malt and Lagunitas "house character. I enjot it a lot, but being the guy I am these days will add that I wish they would add a tad more hopes. mighty good never yhe less.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
choclate malt aroma, transparent red/brown, deceivingly bitter, I only found out it was 9% right now, masked incredibly well
GermanBrews76 (676) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cocoa all over the place & some milk chocolate too. A little thin on the finish. Chocolate notes are followed immidiately by a bitter well hopped finish. Impressive for an 8.8ABV.
knickerbocker (13) - USA - DEC 4, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man for a New Yorker brought up on the old east coast beers and ales
to have been able to experience a deep, satisfying, rich, hearty, bitter - sweet,
excellent brew from Petaluma. This is what it’s all about.
Have I died and gone to Ale heaven?
sarie99 (49) - San Francisco, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
120 Schilling. Malty sweet, medium bitterness, smooth. Well balanced.
stephen (308) - California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty weak aroma. Almost tasted like a strong scotch 120 Schilling. Very smooth and easy to drink. Deceptively strong. Dark color with little head. Better as it warms up. Malty with mild bitterness and hopping. One of my favorties. Served at Toronado.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just a faint aroma...really too weak. The aroma had hints of spice and malty sweetness. As it warmed, the alcohol came out. The flavor was much stonger than the aroma. Nice fruity tones...plum...malty sweetness rounded out things. Nice warming effect in this beer.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 26, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Man this is good. Like a creamy brown amped for the holidays. Who said our West Coast brewers don’t make balanced brews? A touch of cocoa, smoke and fruit, easy on the candy, this is a real beer. Excellent feel - creamy but not heavy and not sticky at all. Very light on the spice. This one’s dim, dark flavors extend as the beer warms. Feel free to go over 60F with this one. Beautiful.