Ratman197 (13398) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2001 vintage poured a clear gaenet with an amber head. Aroma was vinous with dark fruit, brown sugar, and a hint of dark chocolate. Palate was rich, thick and a bit oily leaving nice Brussels lace behind. Flavor was vinous with plum, molasses, and cocoa wiyh a warming bitter finish.
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
ugh, are all North Coast brews this strong??? this one was like Cherry Robitussin on speed... another cough curative, sinus clearing, throat burner but with a strong fruitflavor that made it slightly better than Old Rasputin but not much. ouch.
thegreenrooster (4030) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a very murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of dark malts with a bit of hops in there. Flavor is strong and earthy. Its a very musty, leathery and dark fruits. Alcohol wallops you in the end and maybe a bit to much. Tasty and different and deffinatly a sipping brew.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004. Caramel, malt and alcohol aroma. Amber and headless. Alcohol isnít noticeable taste wise, but it does burn the throat and you taste some hop dryness. Still i donít get a lot of flavor in this. Itís thick and it has a great feel in the mouth, but it doesnít have much flavor to comment on. Decent enough, but I wasnít blown away.
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 2003. Pours a deep brown with a small head that dissipates quickly. Great aroma of classic "ale". It screams "ale". Itís quite good. Mildly bubbly, but thatís probably held back a little by the íthicknessí. Has a great coating mouthfeel, a dry finish, and a great overall flavor. Nice alcohol warmth. A definite íbuy againí.<P>Update, 1/20/06, 2002 Bottle. Chocolate flavors really come through in this batch. Thick and murky. This one is quite a bit more subdued than the 2003 version. Very pleasant, very drinkable. One of my "craving" beers.
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 bottle: pours a cloudy deep auburn mahogany color with very little head. the aroma is of burnt caramel with some oaky red wine qualities. the flavor is also of burnt caramel and chocolate. has a sort of dry sherry like finish. i feel like the 2003 was a little better. but this is overall a nice and balanced beer.
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle. Beautiful auburn in the glass with a bit of tan head. Slight aromas of caramel and whisky, with the addition of Fuggles hops and a deep plummy fruit nose. Vinuous and bracing, with a light enough palate that belies the smack of alcohol. The flavors in this beer are complexly laid down, and the whisky, vanilla oak, and fermented apricot hop profile will only improve with age.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2003 bottle. Pours a murky deep amber almost light brown with a thin head despite a medium carbonation. Aroma is a little dirty- lots of yeast and fruits along with some sweet caramel malts. Aroma also has some cherry cough medicine to it. Flavor is a little smokey especially when cool but then more malt and fruit comes as it warms. Some alcohol burn and a thick scotch-like presence all the way through. A medium to strong hop bitterness in the end. I expected more from this. Still a little harsh for me even after aging a couple years. Needs more aging.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2004, golden color w/ almost no head. monsterous hoppy aroma w/ hint of caramel and toffee. very hoppy and malty, a thick thick beer. tasty.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong hoppy aroma. Also vinous notes and some carmel. Pours a nice copper brown, minimal head. Strong alcohol and sweet flavours typical of the style. Date is unknown as it is not listed on the bottle but Iím assuming its this years vintage. Alcohol warming in your gullet and a nice wallop as the alcohol hits the system. i would be interested in trying some aged versions.