beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark red, almost black, with a tall khaki head. Very rich malts, depth of flavors changes between burnt chocolate, cherry, caramel. Finish is toasty and has a nutty presence. Citrus hops provide spicy balance to the finish wtih a light cocoa aftertaste.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep red in color, nice sticky tan head. Nutty, earthy, light roast and toffee aroma. Earthy and slightly gritty. Seems like it may be spiced. Not too complex flavor. Too bitter.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown, big tan head, sweet plumb nose, raisins, tart refined yeast, sweet woody flavor, citrus finish, chocolate malt, roasts, dry finish
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from bottletrek.com. Pours mahogany, airy head and big lacing. Aroma is mainly sweet roasted malt. Flavor is deep caramel and roasted nutty malts, with notes of pine and spice. Medium to light mouthfeel with a hoppy dry finish. Decent winter brew.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a mahogany body with a nice off-white head. Boozy nose and flavor. Bitter, warms up well. Decent winter brew.
IndianaRed (3743) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at the BP. Clear deep mahogany with a nice big light tan head and thick lacing Mild malty body and flavor Balanced I suppose but not very interesting.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Brewery: Ruby caramel color, light head and lacing. Nose of light nuts and caramel, lots of buttery chestnuts and light roast, dry woody character and a full malty body. Sweet caramel and a light bitter hoppy tail. Dry, sticky and nutty. Lingers.
slugstout (18) - Zig Zag, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. Limited Release bottling. Hoppy nose, with a nicely balanced taste. Malty yet crisp. Dry hop?
Festive and warming without the spice. Dangerously smoooooth.
Don’t Drink and Bike!!!
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap... Poured a hazy, deep ruby with an off-white head. Roasted, dry-malt on the nose. Really chewy palate, you can feel a lot of fizz on the back of your tongue. Chalky hops with a caramel-malt balance. Has a silky element which is really contrasty that I like. Nice sweet, tart-hop finish. Their seasonals have been really good lately.
Dubbercody (213) - Vancouver, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Amber/mahogany brew with a nice small white head from an on tap pour. Malty nose with a creamy flavor that makes me wonder how it would be on Nitro. This year’s edition is a bit hoppier than years past (in my memory banks). I’m always pleased to find this one on tap as people drink it up as fast as it goes on. It is so good it’s worth picking out a growler or even getting them to fill up a keg when you can find it.