Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Re-Rate 08/06/02: Pours a nice amber color, did notice some ’Little Fernies’ floating around, the head is creamy beige and adequate as is the lace. Nose is malt, sweet, a bit buttery. Front is a sweet malt, the top is light, the finish is mildly acidic, a tad dry, nicely hopped and a decent drinking beer. Ranks #701 on my current 1000 master beer list.
rich42 (128) - USA - AUG 1, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
very malty - but not too sweat, robust, moderately thick, relatively light hoping for strength. complex flavors - hard to nail down - a bit of a nutty / woody note. hint of molasses
doesn’t taste like 8%.
this is a lot like a good amber on steroids.
an exceptional beer - surprised it’s not
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2002
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not much of a head when poured. Slightly sweet flavor finishing fruity.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bright orange-gold color. Poured with a huge head, thick and chunky, lasting through the brew. Unimpressive nose, most reminscent of a cheap lager, vaguely hoppy and skunky. When brought to the lips and sipped, it explodes into a sudden burst of lemony sweetness, followed by a hefty rush of caramel and hops. Distinctly improves as it sits, warming to a full, buttery flavor with a toffee/butterscotch finish. Palate is rich, yet perhaps a bit undercarbonated, as if all the fizz burned out in the head and not enough was left in the glass.
olympian (107) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good ale. Delightful body (I complain all the time about less body than I’d like to see in many ales),
and a malt/hop balance to be admired. Not a huge flavor, though, and a dab sweet - this repeatedly came through in the 12 (or so) I had over a period of days.
I’d buy again, but there’s others I’d buy first.
iggysam2000 (38) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2002
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Very Interesting flavor it kinda reminded me of smoked porter it was like a vey unstrong smoked porter flavor, but fairly smooth, pretty strong all around an ok beer.
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
low profile aroma overall. really nice golden color. somewhat firm white head. surprising amount of alcohol showing through in the flavor and eventually in the aroma as well. spiced like a belgian tripel. heavy on the back of the tongue.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one on draft and it was quite nice. Good head nice amber color. The malt really stood out. High abv really hidden well.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Color of Mott’s Apple Juice with a yeasty body with some specks floating about. Aromas of nuts and a slight honey sweetness. Somewhat salty palate. Somewhat nutty/malty. I thought it was more in the style of an English Bitter. 8%?
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clean tasting - smooth and hoppy. Nice fluffy white head. I do not notice any alcohol taste. Highly carbonated.