kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Source: Brewfest, Real Ale Festival
very dark amber with ruby highlights, rich malt aroma with floral hops, heavy malt flavor, dry, slight bitterness in the finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2007
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber body with nice head. Aroma is buttery, creamy, malt. Flavor is creamy butter, cranberries, spices, lightly bitter, caramel.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The ringwood yeast is prominent here and it accompanies the aggressively hoppy clover-like flavor I’m starting to associate with the MA beers. The body seems a bit too light for a winter warmer. Balance doesn’t seem to be here and its hard to gauge this one.
MattShizzle (573) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - from sampler pack. Copper color, slightly cloudy. Strong full flavor, definitely notice hops. A bit sweet.
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really my thing. It seems overly bitter and not-too-complex, somewhat like the beers Saranac churns out. Despite my love for Middle Ages, this one definitely falls short.
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours very red yellow. . tastes like a scotch ale with its strong malty character... some citrus in there as well, i wish it was a bit more spicy, other than that it tis an alright brew.
doublebock (535) - California, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber color , very flat , lack of any noticiable aroma or head, very milld spiciness bit of orange at the finish
thornecb (5020) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into an English pint. Tan head with excellent retention. Malt aromas. Upfront malt with a lasting, bitter finish.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Pours an amber-orange with nonexistent head. Slight haze although not entirely opaque. Toffee and other sweet malts in the nose, slight citrus, slightly bread dough - the aroma doesn’t jump out at me but it is nice for what it is. On the tongue I find lingering toffee tinged with a slight splash of alcohol and a nutty, very slightly bitter finish. Smooth, buttery on the tongue (diacetyl?), well-balanced and prototypically English: doesn’t bat you over the head with hops, the ingredients are held in a nice balance with one another. Straightforward and pleasing, although indistinct and muddled in some ways.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. This was a tough one for me, I really tried to like it. Aroma was odd, seemed grassy then sweet almost a honey nut thing going on. Poured a nice copper-bronze. Flavor was just odd almost like it couldn’t decide it’s character,sweet or bitter. Palate was okay but it had butter quality to it I didn’t like. Try it at your own risk.