Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one really upped the flavor intensity from their regular alt - bigger in the caramel and bready malts and especially in the warm, burning sensation of the hops. Enjoyable and it didn't seem to be 7.2%.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper with a thick pillowy white head. Malty aroma speckled with old hops. Body is lightly syrupy with some caramel malt and a refreshing bitterness. Dry, lightly sticky finish. A creative idea for a double altbier and it hides its alcohol well.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has a darkish amber/orange color with some carbonation and a malt/alcohol smell. Taste is malted with some alcohol flavor and finishes with some fruity/hop/malt flavors. Overall a nice beer, not my favor altbier, but good.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Brown with ruby overtones, clear, average white head that stayed with the glass. Aroma smells like the bottle looks: cow, grass, farm, and yeah malt and hops, but that's a good thing to me, because I like that Vermont air. Tough beer to describe on flavor: malt is to the max, well balanced with hops; after that, vanilla, cherries, other fruityness, back to malt, and hint of red wine. Fantastic. There's alcohol in this? Yeah, plenty, but you can't taste it. Soft, subtle, complex, yet such big maltiness. Easy to drink in the way that's it's just a great beer. Seriously underrated in my opinion. The bottle was gone before I had a chance to tell it just how I felt. Ok, enough drunken sentimentality, just a great beer, and I'm glad that this stuff is back in Mass.
1more4dessert (332) - Upstate, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma a bit like hard cider. The high EtOH content is well disguised behind a decently complex malt presence plus enough hops to balance. These would go down pretty easily come the fall.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful amber color with a nice hoppy aroma. Sweet malt flavor with a touch of bitterness and a touch of alcohol. Smooth malt finish. Very tasty.
CapFlu (4713) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Brown body w almond head. Hoppy aroma and... zowie! 7.2% ABV! Slight burn. Very nice... would love to have again!
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked this beer from vermont.Amber in color with a malty toffee type of aroma.Very smooth in the mouth and going down. Has a little whisky taste in the finish.Nice ale.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 This had been sitting in the fridge for three months when I had it, so my assessment may not be accurate. The malt flavor was nothing special to me, with no hint of hops. The 7.2% was very evident in the finish.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malt aroma, deep amber, with a fine toffee head. Full malt taste, nutty, with a woody aftertaste. Well balanced with just the right amount of bitterness. A very good example!