StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Semi-hazed and cherry-almond-orange in color with a tannish-grey ice sheaf for the head. Cherry bubblegum and rubbery amaretto give the first aromatic inferences, pursued by mild cocoa runners, raspberry cream cheese danishes and ginger pistachios. Freesia, boysenberries and chocolate raspberry cordials register for flavor in a slight reductionary sense. Light, arid spruce cumbrance teams with a hazelnut and tree bark numbness. Graham cracker pie crust and amaretto sweetening that subtly seeped into the caramel chords. Light, enzyme titters on the palate, and a bit dry. Some bitterness, but not the malt bill you’d fill for an old ale. Dry, chafing finish with touches of sweet bitterness and amaretto toffee lozenges. Thanks for sharing, David!
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Dave. The beer pours to a very deep ruby red body with a thin white head. The aroma is weedy, woodsy, herbal. The flavor is woodsy, herbal, earthy, weedy. The palate is a touch woodsy. At times, a bit confusing and un-meshed beer. Needs more malt if you ask me.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber - Poured a dark reddish amber in color with an off-white head. Aroma is clearly of hops, but has a slight "musty" character. Flavor is very strong of flowery hops without much malt balance. Alcohol is apparent and provides a warm "afterglow". Finish is bitter, hoppy.. almost to the point of being "soapy", which sometimes happens with over hopping. I like the hops, of course, but there is some work to be done...
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAR 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed a pint of this one, on a cold afteroon at the brewery/brewpub in the quaint and funky little town of Brattleboro, VT. This beer is an excellent Old Ale, with lots of good malt character and flavor. Old Ringworm pours to a hazy, caramel color, with a slight white head, and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is very nice, with aromas of sweet malt, toffee, and estery fruit. The palate is soft and full on the tongue, with lots of good sweet, biscuit malt, and toffee flavors. Hints of estery fruit play against the cloying malt chracter and balance the over all sweet nature of this beer. This beer finishes with more good sweet, biscuit, toffee, and fruit up front, then ends slightly cloying, and warming. Really a great pint to sip and savor, and makes a great winter warmer. Mc Neill’s is such a cozy and inviting little place, a must visit if you find yourself in Southern Vermont.
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Hazy amber, somewhat dark, moderate foamy light beige head, halfway decent lacing, no noticeable carbonation. Heavy wheat bread aroma, grainy otherwise. Certainly malty, a bit chewy, but otherwise a husk like background. Not terribly entertaining, fairly one dimensional. Body and mouthfeel are average. Subtle grainy bitterness lingers. Not bad, but certainly uninteresting. Thanks to muzzlehatch and jjpm74 for each sending a freebie!
kramer (4895) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 16, 2006
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
22 oz bottle, purchased 07/05 from Winooski Beverage, consumed 02/14/06. As soon as I removed the cap, suspicion arose about this one. Very minimal hiss escaped when popped the cap, and found a ring of sticky goop around the lip of the bottle. This was filled to within less than a centimeter of the top. Poured a dark mahogany with zero carbonation and a thin ring of beige head and a few scant bubbles. Deep caramel and toffee nose with a good amount of alcohol. Some port-like notes. Flavor is very bland with some toffee peeking thru a ton of oxidation. Kind of like chewing an wet cardboard. Mouthfeel was completely still with zero remaining carbonation. It also felt extremely thin. Unlike some peoples complaints about McNeills bottles, this doesn’t indicate any infection, just ridiculous amounts of oxidation. The ring of sticky goo around the top lip of the bottle indicates to me that there may have been a problem with poor capping/leaky bottle. Damn you McNeills for taking up valuable trunk space with this on my summer vacation.
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hazy orange amber pour with a generous off white head. Sour barnyard aroma. Malty, sour acidic start. This leads to roasted chocolate maltiness to finish. The lingering acidity does nothing for this beer. Is it infected, or intended? The similarity to the oktoberfest makes me wonder.
DYCSoccer17 (3305) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased at Winooski Beverage. Smells almost identical to the octoberfest. Weird fruity sweet notes. Blueberries present with chocolate hints. Again, this starts sweet and sour with blueberry notes to start. Very similar start to the Octoberfest that I just had from McNeill’s. Acidic and astringency to start. This turns burnt and roasted and dry to finish with some chocolate maltiness. This has a touch of infection, but the finish is very good. It’s a shame that this brewer has consistency problems.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle via trade with Firemoose15 - Thanks Mel! - Pours cloudy brown with a short creamy tan head that stays and laces pretty well. Aroma is fruity. Apples, pears, some yeast, and some roasted malts. Flavor is fruity at first sip. Apples and pears give way to sweet caramel and chocolate notes finish is somewhat dry. Palate is medium bodied and even somewhat watery. Very smooth and drinkable. 9% alcohol is hidden really well. This one could sneak up and get you quick! Tasty!
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draft) Clear copper body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, earthy, some yeast. Taste is medium sweet, Ringworm-yeasty sour. Light-medium body.Alcohol well hidden -- I had no idea there was such a high alcohol content.