mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Have had this beer so many times, I finally had it and remembered to review it. This redish brown colored brew has a smell I feel lack a lot, it is sort of a bland smell almost like the normal smell people associate with beer. But what is lacks in smell is "kind of" makes up for in taste. It has a smooth slight hop/slight malt taste that is not to overwhelming, I feel it is a good crossover beer. But it is one of those beer I drink when I am at a place that "lacks" in selection.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ah. Newcastle without the skunkiness! Smooth malty brown ale flavor. Mild and understated. One of my old standbys.
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2006 too much hype around this shabby ale. it’s ok, but I’d rather have a Pete’s Wicked Ale. Re-Rate: same score more to say. Cream Soda getting skunked in a clear bottle. Is that vinegar I taste?
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 9, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
One of the less repulsive in the mainstream English import market. Fermented fruit and cider in the nose, carameland biscut maltiness with more fermented fruit. Finishes bready.
Bronstein (175) - Göttingen, GERMANY - DEC 17, 2002
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark ruby red color, no head. Pleasant sweet and fruity aroma. Starts malty, continues more roasty, finishes dry and even a bit bitter. Aftertaste with bready spices and sweetness. Overall an average dark lager.
Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall good ale, more o winey taste than others of this style. I think it’s better from the bottle than tap. Has gotten way to expensive with popularity.
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beautiful clear brown ale with good head and floral nose; goes down fast from there. Adequately bitter but unbalanced, not enough malt or caramel, too thin in the mouth.
LadyBeerLover (70) - Benton, Arkansas, USA - DEC 19, 2002
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
i really need to try this beer again for a decent rateing
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2012 Not great, but not bad either. I was expecting a little more aroma and flavor. A very good looking brew. Update: I gave it another try because of its reputation and I still found it to be painfully average. I won’t waste my time or money again. Update: Ok, I wasted my time again and it wasn’t a waste much better on tap! Malty enough to savor but light enough to DRINK!
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2002
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pleasant aroma and beautiful appearance. Complex flavour, can taste the hops. But I have to say overall it didn’t live up to the hype. I’ve kept on hearing about great this beer is supposed to be. Wild Rose Brown is a better choice.