DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with JK, thanks John!) Snowshoe is a nearly full-bodied beer that I really like in many ways, but in other ways, not so much. I like that the nose is caramely and lightly toasty, but I don’t like the perfumy and fruity aroma. The flavor is sweet, caramely, malty and fruity, but the apple and perfumy flavor is really turning me off. Bitterness is moderate and kind of hangs on the palate, but combined with the perfumy nature results in an unpleasant finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is substantial and oily, fully coating all corners of the mouth. Dark amber body is somewhat hazy and topped by a tan head that doesn’t show particularly good retention, fully dissipating within ten minutes. Lacing is out of the question. So in the end, while I this some aspects of this beer are solid, overall, I’m just not that impressed and have no desire to drink this again.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Couleur cuivré foncée aux reflets brunâtre parsemé d’une mousse beige pale mi-abondante et persistante. Arômes dominantes de toffee et de caramel brûlé accompagné d’une touche authentique touche de mousse de tourbe et de terre. Flaveurs bien maltées, grillés et terreuse recréant avec vividité une stimulante promenade en foret. Une faible touche de fumée grise et tourbée se fait discrète mais apparente. Bouteille partagée avec le grand ClarkVV dans le cadre de l’après American Beer Fest, 18 Juin 2005.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2005 bottle from Robertsreality. Shared with Olivier_MTL after the American Beer Fest on 6/18/2005. Beautiful copper-auburn with light tan hints. Plentiful head is beige and well-retained giving light lacing. Beer is seemingly filtered, but the carbonation is not sharp nor is it shockingly clear. Aroma is toffee, sweet butter cream. Light foresty, earthy hops smell. Not bitter, just green and fresh. The hops note lingers on throughout the aroma and flavor, which is creamy, sweet malt, rich and lightly earthy. Mouthfeel is excellent, perfectly coating with low carbonation. Not watery or thin. Sweet, light vanilla bean notes, very well extracted overall. Foresty, flavorful hops, not really sure how else to describe them, they just taste fresh and green, with a light herbal-mint-wintergreen hint.
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
yet another bonus brew from j.c.(thanks man)the snowshoe pours a deep crimson red with an average white head.pretty basic beer aroma.the flavor was a nice mix of malts,hops,and spices.very nice indeed.
badgerben (4395) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown/red color with a thin head. Strong malt aroma with a little spice. More of the same in the taste with a nice mildly hoppy finish and a tinge of bitterness. Wonderful.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey Brown Coloring with Creamy Sandy Head...Quickly Imploding to a Ring. Nice Barley, Roasts and Spices on the Nose. Carbonated. Burnt Roasts...Barley...Lightly Fruity and Spicy. A Bit of a Spice/Hop Bite in the Aftertaste so as You Don’t Forget That You Just Enjoyed a New Glarus Brew. .......not That One Could
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2005 Clear ruby, thin off-white frothy head. Sweet malt, slightly hoppy aroma. Malt gets more of a ever-so-slightly roasted feel in the flavor... and some spicey hops. Lingering fruity and light roasted coffee-like finish. Good beer.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
An amber golden beer with a disappearing light brown head. Sweet malt aroma with some citrus fruit. Mild pilsner malty flavor with fruity and nutty notes. Rather sharp and not very interesting.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red amber in appearance. Smells strongly of caramel malts and sweet maple / honey syrup. Great malt backbone and honey characteristics. Some hints of vanilla and subtle spicing (cinnamon?) contribute to the sweet complexity of this winter ale. Solid stuff. Thanks to JCapriotti for this one!
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
brown amber color w/ a thin quickly dissapating white head. Light aroma a hint malty and a touch sweet to smell. The palate was smooth, creamy and carbonated. The flavor was lightly carmel sweet malt and fruit.. overall pretty dang good, I wish they were keeping it around.