rmussman (1514) - California, USA - MAR 2, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled as part of a sampler pack. Aroma was mild hops and sweet malts. Appearance was light brown with a thin lacey head. Mouthfeel was a little harsh and flavor lacked any kick of hops you expect from a harvest ale.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1998 vintage, thx to herbjones for this taste. Orange-amber color, smallish head, sweet malty aroma. Malt dominate; honey, toffee roasted just a bit. Real good if you’re in the malty mood.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1998 vintage. Was expecting a hop monster ala Sierra Nevadas Harvest only to get a barleywine light. Deep orange color with a thin head. Sweet malty nose that carries through into the flavor along with some toffee notes.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
thx to herbjones for sharing
Hazy copper color, very syrupy sweet smell, lots of malt everywhere. very little hops. thx to herbjones for sharing, a bit thin, but nice.
jazz88 (2471) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of the 2000 vintage. A dark golden brown with a slight haze and a tan head. A rich complex malt, slightly toasted, caramel, and honey aroma. The flavor is all malt and honey with interesting layers. A solid beer.
beerguy101 (5206) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2001 vintage. Medium brown-orange color, small head. Medium bodied ale. Complex malt flavor, somewhat Belgian is style. Intense hop flavor as well. Nice complex balance. Complex flavor combination, yet well finished/balanced taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is very smooth and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Very interesting beer. Etched beer bottle.
joet (1925) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 21, 2001
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Balanced, soft and small bubbled. Near headless. Scant aroma. Oily. Extended bitter. Blunt instead of punctuated flavors.