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.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one’s alright. I can’t stand their labeling, but the beer itself was decent. A little sub-par on all sides, but easily drinkable. It’s a little better than their other beers, but not to my liking.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gorgeous auburn amber hue. Minimal head. Like VENOM says, this beers character comes out when it warms up. Very dry and bland when cold. Grain, toffee, fruit come out when it warms up. I definately enjoy this brew, very smooth.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 23, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 Re-rate 8/23/02: Stale malty aroma (this is a new bottle), weak malty taste, ends watery and with little fanfare. -0.7 from last time. 9/15/01 Very light tasting. I wish there was more bite to it.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pleasant caramel and roasted malt…Elegant flowers and spices…A bit too quiet though…
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2001
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber ale with a caramelly accent. I have to say, after Double Bag, I really don’t want these guys to shoot for ’smooth’.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Minimal head, some lace and a nice dark color, clear with a clean nose that hints of the malt, the top light and fresh. There is after setting/resting for a few minutes, a decent hop bite that starts a bit sweet.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First off ’Do Not Drink Cold’. Cold this brew is crisp and dry with minimal flavors but hops. Warm this brew is a divine meld of nutty flavors with some toffee as well. Was a little creamier and sugary once warmer. A very nice seasonal.