Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with decent head that fades quick. Malt aroma with a hint of spice. Roasted malt flavor is crisp and clean with slight hop flavor in finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle sampled while typing this in my parents’ family room on their antiquated computer...dark cherry-walnut color, smallish decaying head...malty, sugary nose with just a touch of BBQ smokiness maybe...smooth, fairly sweet and simple malty body starts out quite boring, but some nice finishing acidic, herbal hop tones give it enough kick to make it pleasant, and the full, medium-carbonated body does it justice. Nothing really special, but certainly bespeaks NG’s typical quality and attention.
zathrus13 (1715) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours redish amber. Aromas are sweet malt, brown sugar, and dark fruit.Flavors are malt (not as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe) and hops. Body is on the light side, but it works for this beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good looking pour. Clear, reddish brown with a two finger off white head, it stands out nicely in the glass. Malty sweetness up front with a slightly hoppy finish make this an excellent session beer.
Thx to MrFacto for this one
5000 (6243) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark amber, deep red actually, mediocre off-white fizzly head, spotty lacing, with very light carbonation. Sugary malt aroma, fairly sweet. Slight hint of fruit. Smooth malt taste, semi-sweet, slightly viscous coating the mouth. Good body, medium mouthfeel. Finishes clean, semi-sweet malt profile. A solid Red! Thanks goes out to MrFacto for the trade!
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark amber color. Have to hold it up to the light to see through. Almost no head when I poured it out. A strong bready and malty aroma hit me quickly. Also a smoky roasted character with some nuts. The taste is like a brown ale with roasted malts and a slight oat and vanilla finish. Maybe a hint of pears and nutmeg. The bittering is very reserved. A medium mouthfeel with little carbonation. A very nice session style ale.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a medium sized, bubbly tan head. Aroma of hazelnut and sweet malt. A very deep brown-red color that shines in the light. Taste is first sharp (alcohol) then bitter (hops). First tasting contains an off metallic note that is gone after the first several sips. Late complexity of several malty notes somewhat hidden by the hop bitterness. More of a winter warmer than an amber, but still a super beer. Maybe too heavy-handed with the bittering hop, but cannot detect the hop flavor they should have got with the dry-hopping.
Pailhead (4777) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma is rather malty and fruity with some hops barely sneaking thru and a little chocolate. Pours a dark brown with a little red mixed in with a quick diminishing white head. Real sweet and fruity up front. Hops come in to play in the finish but they never overtake the maltiness of the beer. Caramel also comes thru more towards the finish which plays into the hops only slightly making their presence known. Easy drinking.
djmcfar (64) - Ixonia, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber/red -- slightly sweet malty/hoppy complex aroma --- little head --- burnt caromel rich flavor with a slight thickness to it and extra hops (enough for warming) -- very pleasant aftertaste --- an excellent winter brew
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark red. No head whatsoever. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor is spicy, warming malt/hops and alcohol in the aftertaste. Palate is warmed. A very nice brew.