JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Auburn brown color with minimal head. Nice smooth flavor. Buttery malt flavor with mild bitterness. Another enjoyable offering from the altbier boys at Long Trail. Many thanks to 46er for the sixer!
Aurelius (4106) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting aroma - vinegar, diacetyl, cherries, chocolate. Nice deep cola brown ale appearance. Medium sweetness, good bittering, some butter. An interesting Newcastle knockoff. Chocolate in the finish, and the bittering kicks in on the backend. Pretty fair.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mahogany color, with a medium tan head that laces nicely. Aroma is attractive, mostly malt. Very nice mouth feel, roasted malt some nuttiness and a little hop kick at the end. Nice bitter finish and ever so smooth. A really balanced beer, very enjoyable.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, sampled at just below cellar temp.
Pours a clear auburn amber with a small tan head that sticks around and leaves good lacing. Aroma is all over the place with the maltiness - bready, caramel, and lots of nuttiness. Flavor, again, is dominated with maltiness - nuttiness up front, some caramel and bread, and a bit of chocolate show up in there. Hops flavor and aroma are at a minimum here, but the flavor is still pretty large and diverse. Body is medium-full, and it goes down dangerously easy.
Dorwart (2370) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty damn good beer. Thin head but nice lacing with good carbonation. Nice brown sugar aroma, slightly sweet. Color is a nice reddish mahagony. Flavor is quite robust with brown sugar, roasted malts and is a bit nutty. Finish is smooth and malty. Not much hops aftertaste or presence. Although the more I drink, the more bitter the aftertaste is getting. Maybe there are some hops burried in there behind those ~17 malts. A decent brew that should please many.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting. The malt has complexity, and fullness. Also, there's a hint of sourness (a good thing, because it adds depth and fullness to the body of the malt). Hops are light, at best. And it is best, because they put so many hops in their Double Bag brew, I was starting to worry that they're like Sierra Nevada and they just double-hop everything they brew. Though if you want to taste the hops here, wait for the aftertaste and you'll get a bit of bite from them. A very enjoyable brew for one who wants a Vienna-ish amber.
freekyp (1483) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mediocre compared to other Long Trail entries. Very little aftertaste. Medium hops with little malt character. Pick up a Double Bag or or their AltBier ale over this.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
yellow honeycomb color, clear. the head retreats to the edge of the glass and quickly gives up the ghost, leaving behind a fragile gasket of biege. nice moderate aroma, toasted almond, pumpkin, old shoe box. the "17 combined malts and hops" is shorthand for "what the hell ever is left over"--probably a couple half finished doughnuts and an order of nachos nobody wanted-- all of it goes right in the wort. well, all those ingredients don’t compete too much, and don’t add up to much: kind of a big, bland, underachieving but happy family. effervesence manifests itself just bit on the tongue, a lightly sweet and savory german nut-bread kind of flavor; modest bitterness, rather thin. balanced, but not bold. shoulda added maybe six or eight more malts and what’s left of this morning’s pancakes.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 29, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sept 01: Decent, maybe too sweet with a slightly off balance; bit thin; just not a lot of character, though above average for this brewer. Oct 02: There’s an interesting smokiness in the middle, but on the whole I found this year’s model very thin and watery, so smooth you forget you were drinking beer after you finish the pint. Significantly downgraded.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This deep amber brew pours with a thick creamy head, leaving good lace. Tha aroma is hard to detect, but is slightly hoppy. Well balanced flavor with slightly more malt showing through. the finish is slightly sweet and malty. this beer is surprisingly smotth and light.