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.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 2, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
sweet, a bit of honeyness in the aroma. amber color with no head. sweet syrupy cloying malt and light hops
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 (1606) - 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 (4902) - 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.