heykevin (1280) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Caramel sweet aroma, touch of NW hops. Nice caramel malt flavor with a good touch of astringency and a dryish hoppy finish.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
High flying, resinous hop darts giving a ride to a few chile peppers...A peaceful, cask-like feel smothered in caramel oranges smoothens the hops' initial belligerence...A light, quaffable hop juice to warm the heart and tongue...
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a golden amber, slightly transparent with a clean, thin, lingering head. Malting floor aroma with some sweet candy malt as well as a thin whisp of hops. Flavours include some piney malt, white grapes and toasted wheat. Grainy palate that has texture but doesn't last. Some interesting things here, but I am not sure if they are working together to make a great beer.
MaBeer1972 (1389) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 21, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured very nice out of the bottle with a lovely frothy head. The first few sips were fine, but then things settled down a bit and it began to look like a stagnant Amber lagoon. Loads of yeast in suspension. This one has a very bitter finish, and is not very sweet at all. Not what I was expecting.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Deep amber/copper, slightly hazy with thin head and lace. Nose of caramel, citrusy/resiny hops, brown sugar and others. Huge caramel malt base with loads of resiny hops, the sweetness balances perfectly making this a damn drinkable brew. Will have to try again for I did not take notes.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Terrific ale! Lovely cloudy amber appearance with an average head. Well hopped with a nice bitter finish. Highly recommended!
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy, clouded amber hue. Frothy beige head. Malty, floral nose. Sweet first, light-footed, acidic, caramel, finishes with a neatly hopped, herbal, neutral bitter. Very nice balance in another tremendous offering from Southern VT.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2002
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
really wasn’t impressed with this beer. too sweet, too citrusy, not enough hops. overall, pretty lame.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 29, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I ordered this on tap and im not 100% convinced they didnt mess up and give me a magic hat #9. Tasted quite similar. Decently hopped with fairly strong fruit undertones, not bad, but I wasnt too impressed.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
homemade copying-machine label pasted on crooked only adds to the small town charm of this robust beverage. rufous orange brown-- like a fox squirrel or wood thrush; nearly clear. head was the buffy off-white of an older newspaper. speaking of newspaper, the head was about as thick as the arts and entertainment section of the the folsum prison gazette. pretty thin i mean. what’s lacking in head is more than compensated by a big woody, brown sugar, date, and whiskey malt aroma. moderately sweet with amiable but firm carbonation on first contact, nice bitterness radiating out from there. pecan pie carmelizing note adding to the whiskey and apple flavor. very tasty and it vividly leaves fore-tongue sweet, back tongue bitter. neat.