muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 22, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Clear dark amber, small lasting head. Aroma of caramel and burning wood, intense and lovely. Flavor profile reminiscent of old dusty boards, creme brulee and Scotch pine, intense, interesting but ultimately not all that drinkable. Very biter at the finish. I would like to try it again.....or would I?
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very yeasty/ smokey aroma. Very yeasty/smokey taste with a touch of fruitness and caramel. Dark amber color with a decent-looking white head. It's a bit sweet for and English Strong Ale, in my opinion.
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This tastes like a slightly maltier, more well balanced version of their IPA. It has a rusty brown color, and a rocky white head. Roasty, earthy, slightly sweet up front with a bitter finish. Not bad at all.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright orange color with a foamy light tan head. Nose is fresh with light chocolate notes and a nice citrusy hop presence with just a spot of alcohol poking throught. Nicely bitter with a nice roastiness coming through. Finishes with an english roasty hop feel sided with a citrusy hop bitterness. Could stand for a touch more malt, but the hops finish nicely. Nice variation on an english strong.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
a nice winter beer, without all the spiciness of most winter brews. malty, creamy and yummy.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice easy sipping ale. Strong taste of spices and dirt. Dry, bitter finish.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color, subtle lacing. Nose of some spice I can’t quite put my finger on (or nose), earthy, spicy aroma. Bitter finish.
Steak (124) - New York, USA - NOV 3, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This wasn’t a brown ale? The malts were there upfront with a creamy taste that was tinged by the alcohol. In fact, alcoholic traits were noted throughout the brew. A little strange, at only 6.3%, but I certainly noticed it. It wasn’t a huge, unbearable alcoholic presence, but I could have done without it. Ditto for the over-carbonation. Other than that, this a gorgeous medium brown colored beer with solid, tasty malts, and a decent treatment of hops in the finish. Just temper the presence of the alcohol and you’ve gotme hooked.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Really not all that strong at 6.3% abv, but the heavy malt presence casts a spell that only a wizard could undo. The cheezy label shows a wizard casting a spell while toiling over a boiling pot (of beer?). Would that he were making this a tastier brew. The dry finish bums me out.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber color with little head. slightly hoppy aroma with malty background. slightly sweet and malty flavor with a hoppy dry finish.