rauchbier (3808) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle conditioned. Amber gold, poor head despite good condition. Sweetly malty with a distant hoppiness. Malty in the mouth with some alcohol apparent and a tingle of hops on the tongue. Sweet, yeasty and hop bitter in the finish.
auto (163) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
cheap peachy aeroma. medium sized head with a darker golden colour. taste is a bit zingy, not too much. i think i'm being a little generous right now because i'm a bit tipsy.
Braudog (6377) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Malty aroma from an orange-yellow beer. This is a syrupy goo with characteristics of the high alcohol content. Not my bag.
RichardGretton (4652) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Standard ale look with a gingerish aroma and a very strong malted flavour. Overall OK for a very strong ale.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark golden color, medium bodied. Mildly sweet taste with a malty quick finish. Alcohol well hidden.
PBOYNY (316) - Westchester, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
very strong dark ale with hints of burnt hops,excellent aftertaste and a great beer for the fall!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 16, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this on draft at Hollingshead in Orange, CA on 13 September 2003.
Appearance: This pours a slightly hazy orange-ish/ amber-ish color with a small white head.
Aroma. The nose is malty with a hint of hops.
Overall: The word that comes to mind is 'lackluster'. I really had some high expectations because this is a 'special edition' type of beer. It was no better, in my opinion, than most amber ales.
jgb9348 (5717) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2003 Bottle #2:
Very slightly cloudy amber colour with a thin white head that fades fast! Strong smells of yeast, alcool and a bit of malt. Medium-bodied; Light flavour of malt, even lighter hops. But all with a more potent metallic, alcoholic and yeasty taste. Aftertaste very mild for a beer this strong...showing a bit of the malt character, but not much. Overall, not a good beer. This was a bit worse than my first bottle. I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia and sampled it on 14-September-2003. Rating for this sample: 6,3,5,2,10.
Very slightly hazy orange/amber colour with a fairly dense tan head. Sweet smell that has strong hop and malt presence with a fruity characteristic. Strong aroma, and very nice. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong flavour of alcohol up front with a bit of malt then showing some hops near the end. No sweetness really, just bittering characteristics. Overall, worth trying as people have mentioned (its $1.50 for a 12 ounce), but its not a GREAT beer. Overall, not balanced enough and not enough of the 'good' characteristics come out. The alcohol is hidden well though, this seems pretty mild! I got this twelve ounce bottle in a trade with Dave (Rodolito) from California...Thanks again Dave! Rating for this sample: 8,4,6,2,12.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - SEP 9, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brownish-orange-amber with a small, dissapearing head. Sweet orange citrus malt presence with back-end bitterness that almost stings. This conconction has the ingredients of a blockbuster, hides the alcohol well and really should be better than it's end result; it just doesn't balance out.
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma. Decent body. Flavor has big malt up front and alcohol stands out through the middle. Saaz
and Cluster hops finish it off. Rich and potent beer. Much like a slightly more hopped Irish ale. Not great but worth trying.