TheBeerGod (5945) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown body. No light coming through this. Smallish tan head. Nose is light roastiness with light cocoa. Light spice notes as well. Seems a bit thin to me, though. Taste is sweet with light spice, some fruity hints, faint hops, light nuttiness and some hints of cocoa. Light roastiness as well. Body is medium with some creamy notes. Finishes with more spice, ripe fruit, light cocoa and nuts.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Liar’s Club. A moderate brown in flavor and viscosity. Pretty thin and drinkable with some roastiness mixed in. Decent, but one was more than enough for me.
rudolf (2353) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some cin., clove in the nose. Rich lagery malt. Some chocolate. Well balanced.
rajendra82 (1035) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Part of the BIF X-Mas package from shippos, this beer poured out reddish brown with a cloud of suspended yeast particles in suspension. The head was about an inch thick, off white in color, and did not hang around for too long. The aroma was roasty malt with notes of coffee and chocolate. The taste was like a thinned out porter, sweet and roasty with toffee, chocolate, and a touch of weak coffee. Hops were quite low in bitterness and mostly lurking in the background. Despite the lack of complexity, the alcohol was quite well hidden, and the beer was much easier to drink than its strength suggested.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - DEC 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut brown pour with a thin, quickly diminshing head. Nutty nose with slight roastedness. Thin body, watery. Flavor has some roasted bitterness but really is one dimensional. Average at best
hopdog (11168) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Poured a dark brownish/red with a small off white head. Lightly sweet. Subtle and light tastes and aromas. Malts and a little nutty. Creamy and smooth body.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004 bottle. Cloudy brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is a bit spicy and malty. Flavor is malty and nutty. An OK brown ale, but that’s about it.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Drought: Smells spicy, hoppy, and a little sweet. Dark brown color. No head, no lacing. A few particles. Tasted of a spice (maybe cinnammon and corriander? Pumpkin?). Flavor was a bit weak. Also had some hop notes. Tingled on the tounge. Overall, ehh, nothing I will try again.
ross (2137) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown color, kind of weak.. not really spicy or full of aroma for a winter beer. these people make good brews, but the only one that is that great that i have had is the ipa - that is some awesome brew. malty, not very hoppy, and kind of just bland - this one is for those that are more fond of weak beers and especially weak brown ales. maybe if 05 is a different style, ill try that. actually this reminds me of their downtown brown, just not as good.
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark brown with a thick, dense head. Upon closer inspection I notice a lot of material held in suspension in the beer, definately not yeast, looks to be cocoa powder. Nice malty aroma with a slight hint of alcohol. Nice warming flavor, rather sweet, notes of toffee and cocoa, sharp noble hop aftertaste. Lingers nicely.