TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good, but not up to the other very strong contenders in this extremely competative category. Beer is tilted towards the malt and suffers from a lack of hops, in my opinion. Otherwise, pretty good beer.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent ale. Strong malty aroma with just a hint of hopps. Poors a nice amber color with a beige head mostly diminishing with some lacing. Good mouthfeel and has an adequate body. Flavor is malty sweat with a dry finish. Noticable balance betweer both hopps and malt. Not bad
haddon90 (1603) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber pour with a decent white head. Aroma of hops springs from the glass. Does have a taste of a barley wine. You can ever taste the alcohol in this one. Overall not bad.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice malty citrusy aroma. You can taste the caramel and the hops gives it a dry bitter taste. Almost has notes of a barley wine. A taste for me not quite to perfection.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light citrus hop aroma. Pours cloudy, orange-tinged. Flavour dominated by alcohol, also fruitiness - apricots. Above average, the alcohol could be better hidden.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Darker gold. Light head. Light flavours but a nice balance. Alcohol is subdued. Smooth with a malt edge.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - AUG 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden, looks like a blond beer but a bit darker. Tastes full and yeasty. I like this refreshing brew. Smooth. Can't even taste the 8%.
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange body with a quickly dissipating white head. No lacing.
Nice hop/malt balance in the aroma. Spicey and malty.
Balance follows through nicely in the taste. Sweet malt followed by a peppery hop bite. Alcohol becomes apparent.
Smooth body with a crisp finish.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For a strong ale this stuff was very good. It had an iteresting color. The malts were very nice and chewy. The hops do wonders for the aroma as well.
Suttree (5856) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt Orange, and a thin, almost nonexistant head. Caramel and smoke on the aroma, as well as first taste. Big Malt flavors dominate, followed by an earthy, peppary finish. No citrus of resiny flavors at all, and it is assertive and dry to the finish. I had drank this beer before, but I did not remember it being this complex. A very interesting ale.