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... ;^)
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color with no head. Very nice floral hops on the nose, maybe some malt also. Nice hoppy bite, smooth and easy to drink also. A delicious beer with some bitter to finish. Well done.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent copper colored, little head to speak of. Aroma of fresh cut grass and malt, saaz? Very good beer, maybe the best I've had for the sytle.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong Ale by Vermont standards only since everything here has to be below 8%abv. Otherwise it would have to go through different restrictive legal processes. But besides that it is one of the better brews of the state with a good strong malt backbone and enough hop and depth to make it a good summer brew. Try one I don't think you'll be dissapointed.
DYCSoccer17 (3510) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber/copper color with a 1.5cm increasing fine off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy with a hint of some sweetness in there-maybe some cascade hops? Middle and finish are very very hoppy. Start is somewhat mild and a little sugary. The hops later in this are intense, though. Hides the ethanol quite well. Palate is decent. Not too bad at all.
Ernest (6839) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is clear medium amber. Aroma is moderately malty (nuts, caramel, grain), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), with light notes of honey and toffee. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. Doesn't all come together that well, and the finish is somewhat grainy and metallic, but it definitely shows potential.