Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber body, beige head, almost yellowish. Aroma is well structured, very malty (maple, nutty) accompanied by subtle grassy hops and a mysterious woodiness that I couldn't describe better than cedar powder. Very crisp mouthfeel, highly carbonated medium body. Honeyish malt, grassy/earthy finish with a nice mild bitter touch. Solid
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light copper body, small fizzy white head. Sweet malt aroma. Strong toffee and caramel scent. Real good balance with a bit of hop bitter on the finish. Toasted malt and caramel flavors with a bit of a buttery diacetal note. You can slightly feel and taste the alcohol on the finish. Nice after taste.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not much of a head on this beer, but that's typical of the style. More complex than the typical super-sweet double bocks, a nice change.
Duke (117) - New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 Amber color, thin white head. Sweet malt aroma, something a little funky and some nuts. Something just a little off in the finish I think. I was expecting more.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium amber body w/ a lasting light beige head. Malty and light sherry aromas as well as a light minerally character that seems to become metallic as it warms. Odd because as far as I know, it's never been laid on it's side, at least not in my possession. Caramel and toasty malts w/ some faint floral hop and fruitiness as is warms. Malty and very well balanced w/ a little hop flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Finish is more bitter and dry than I'd expected; toasted malt and lightly nutty in between w/ slight fruitiness. Lightly astringent w/a lighter side of medium body, light warming alcohol. I'm not quite sure what to make of this beer. It lacks depth and complexity, but it's drinkable just the same.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma reminds me of an ESB. Rich caramel malt and aromas with some hop. I also detect some alcohol in the aroma. Poured with a cream colored head that lasted for a while. The flavor reminds me of a very strong ESB. Good medium body with a malty flavor that is balanced nicely with some hop bitterness. The alcohol is also evident in the taste. This is a very well made beer. I was expecting more of a typical amber ale but was surprised by a very enjoyable and tasty beer. It does not taste like other Alt beers that I have had but it is very good.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A definate altbier with attitude. Tases more like an American Ale on alcohol steroids. Yeasty hopped up mouth with all alcohol finish. Not enough roasetd malt for my taste.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
lively carbination danced to the top where it created a thin lathering cover to the brilliant amber clearness that lay beneath. Sweet fresh sticky warm caramel aroma with notes of chocolate bars, mixed nuts, and buttery toffee..caramel & toffee flavors, medium bitterness near the end...not as sweet as the aroma let on...alcohol makes a slight appearance...hops cover up what could have been amazing malt action..balanced..but less complex as it should be.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium dark amber appearance, small head and moderate lacing. Big malty/alcohol aroma. Lots of flavor, starts moderatly malty and sweet, turns nuttier and finishes rather hoppy with a nice piney bitterness. Noticeable alcohol presence.
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with a small frothy light tan head that lasted a while; good lacing. Clear med-dark amber color. Complex aroma of spicy hops, caramelly malt, and fruits (pear, fig, and a hint of coconut). Some alcohol aroma evident especially as the glass warmed. Flavor started moderately sweet with a light acidity and moderate hop bitterness. Caramel malt and hop flavors along with layers of fruit emerged mid-palate and progressed to a yeasty-bready character toward the finish. Lingering aftertaste continued to develop long after. Palate was med-bodied and moderately carbonated with a dry texture at cooler temps that softened as the glass warmed.
A nice beer that didn't drink like a 7.2% abv brew; quite smooth and easy drinking but the effect was surely felt.
Thanks to John B. in MA! (not an RBer but a good homebrew forum buddy... ;^)