ClarkVV (3893) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 bottle, a bit of age behind it. Dark mahogany-ruby-brown. Big, yellow-tan head, quite lasting. Sediment in the bottom of the bottle, unpasteurised as well. Looking at my notes, this beer was quite the wild ride. It begins with a floral hops aroma, with some light mocha in the background. Light roast, anise and a strong black malt influence, or deeply kilned chocolate malt, that might be a bit too overdone. Flavor begins with lovely roasted pork, coffee, smoke, floral/minty hops. Mint sauce with lamb, toasted almonds and bitterness to finish. It seems to be going wonderfully, but then the notes take a turn and suggest that it has too bitter, earthy hops, rooty bitterness, celery stalks, ginger-like spiciness. Hops take over as it warms.
skisangelo (60) - Collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured a dark ruby color and thick foamy tan head that vanished quickly. Smells of both sweet malt and strong hops, and this carries through nicely to the taste. It’s moderately hopped, but not dominated by it, there is a nice maltiness as well. Rather drinkable, especially if you’re looking for a nice ale with a sweet taste.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A new beer to the S. Jersey market. Pours a deep red color with not much of a head. The hops mix nicely with the malt to give it an alluring aroma. The strong hop presence gives this beer a strong taste.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very dark ruby color with a medium off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, malt, and chocolate. Flavor of caramel malt that becomes bitter quickly finishing with a dry bitter dark chocolate taste. Smooth light to medium body.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep and clear rosewood color with a small off-white head. Sweet malty aroma with a touch of caramel and vanilla. Great earthy flavor with a little chocolate and toasted malt riding a sweet malty backbone with just a little hoppy bitterness to balance everything out. Finish was very dry and very much in line with classic English Ales. My only real criticism was that the mouthfeel was definately thin, otherwise, I really liked this beer and I could easily drink far too many of them at a time.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2005 Pours a brownish body with a moderate head. Aroma is caramel and a little bit of fruit. When tasting there’s a nice hint of chocolate in there that makes it worthwile.
DocLock (8094) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Drafting Room. Amber/copper colored, woth caramel malt, toffee, and hop aroma. Tastes malty, with hops, caramel, and cognac at the finish. Smooth, with well hidden alcohol. Undeniably quaffable.
dmcguriman (10) - USA - FEB 12, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I simply can’t get enough of this beer since it could be found here in Vermont. It packs a punch but they keep going down. Nice mix of sweet maltiness and fine blend of hops which leads to the ability to drink to many of them.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got this from Chazy, great. Poured dark reddish brown, with a good, creamy head. Taste was a little watery, but very drinkable. Maybe a session brew?
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at The Ruck in Troy. Poured dark brown with reddish hues, with an off-white head. Very sweet malty aroma. Taste is somewhat thin with some type of fruit character. Bitter finish. Average body. Not all that impressed.