krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle brown, tho a little more sienna hued, with a cashew colored swirl of foam that luxuriates in lazy curls down the glass. a well endowed malt aroma, belgian waffles and pecan, very sweet smelling and nutty with enough of an alcohol overtone to attest to it’s being an adult libation. wheat bread nourishing with a pinch of pepper, smooth, modest and perhaps understrenghth hop. no water peaks out from the edges. all you should ask for in a flagship brew.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, the ruby coloring of this beer was supreme and I could stare at it all day. To me, it had a lot of ’dark’ characteristics to it. Smelled mostly malty, but not very strongly. Taste was again mostly malty with a prominent sweetness. The lack of hops, in comparison to many other beers out there made it stand out in my mind as at least being different. There were just enough hops to let you know you were drinking a beer.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Re-Rate 6/15/02. Nice ruby color with a spicy/pepprery nose and generous head. Well balanced with a good dose of malty sweetness. A fine beer from an excellent brewery.
Original: A decent ale with a good malty taste and a fine head.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a whole lot of aroma. I really like the unique flavor of this brew - sort of peppery - but very smooth. I’d say this deserves to be drank from a grail, just maybe not a holy one.
kilgore41599 (98) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good homegrown beer. Captures some of the flavor of ’downtown’ Syracuse.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby brown color, generous beige head and tons of fine lace. Nose is some what flowery, and a bit candy like. Start is sweet, the middle is full, the finish hop bitter and a tad acidic. Carbonation is moderate, and I think a quite drinkable beer. thanks Venom
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First sip is Ringwood yeast. Develops a nice caramel and toffee malt backbone. Nice dark amber body with a thick mouthfeel. Yeast tends to overwhelm flavors cold but warmer the brew let some of its malt qualities show through.
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2000
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20