Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Out of a bottle. Aroma biscuity and wet basement. Poured a nice amber with a white head. Flavor was ok sweet malts and hops, pretty even. It was ok nothing spectacular.
Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light Amber color. Smooth hoppy and slightly bitter start, then rolls into a smooth slightly sweet finish. Excellent on tap
alkaloid (17) - USA - AUG 19, 2005
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Color is very nice, aroma betrays the taste however. Taste is sour and bitter with a raw finish. Definitely will not purchase again.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
great amber coloring with a white head. Floral aroma with a good mix of maltiness and hopiness. The bike theme makes this a mainstay at my team parties.
JMerritt (1871) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark copper with a large white head that is mostly diminishing. Smells of hay, silage, straw and grass. Rather sweet flavor, brown sugar, over-ripe apples, caramel, and dates. Nice mouthfeel, moderately carbonated and full. Better than average. Thanks to Crash for bringing this back for me from Tejas.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks Degarth. Best before may, 29, 2005. Poured amber with a tight creamy off white head. I smell taosted spices, warmth, if you can smell that? The taste is creamy and bread like? with some malt to it as well. This may have peaked, as it is nothing exciting.
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle: Short lived just off white head on a clear light amber body. The initial aroma was lightly roasty, but as it warms it smells like lightly toasty oatmeal cookies (minus the raisins), with freshly cracked pale malt and a bit of nuttiness. Pretty clean of fruitiness. Well balanced with just a hint of bitterness at the finish and aftertaste. A bit of herbal hop bitterness, but the malt flavor lacks a little compared to the aroma. Lightly toasty, but thats about it. The aftertaste is lightly malty and lingers just a bit. Lighter body but not watery, medium carbonation, and smooth. Not quite as good as I remember it about 5 years or so ago. Great nose, but the flavor lacks a little. Solid beer, but nothing special.
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this one was just hyp’d too much. It was a good beer but, not worth everything I had heard about it. Good dark color with good lacing and head. It had a bit of oil taste to it that I wasn’t really happy with.
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my all-time favorite beers, when it’s "on." Wide variance in flavor quality, even between bottles of the same 6-pack. I’ve found the most even and "truest" flavor in the 22-oz. bomber bottles. At it’s best, a bready, malty flavor and aroma that makes it one of the best amber ales around. At it’s worst, a non-descript beery flavor or an overhopped mouth-puckering bitterness. Patiently waiting to have NBB expand distribution into the northern Midwest.
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap: Amber brown color with an off-white head and sticky lacing. Thick malts are the word on this one with a dirt flavor. Aroma and taste combined present the taster with a "dirty socks in hiking boots" sensation. FT is a great all around brew.