HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer pours well and has excellent clarity, also a good head and lace. The nose is spicy with other nondescript aromas that I cannot seem to make out. Maybe what I sense is a Belgian yeast strain. Upon my first sip, the palate comes off as being disjointed. The malt, hops, yeast, and spice are all of the place. This beer reminds me of a Brabant style that is higher gravity than conventional and spiced. Unfortunately, all of the parts do not come together to make a complete beer.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 I lost my notes for this one. I liked the balance of hops, malt, and spice.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seems bock or dopplebock-ish. Very sweet nose with some mild cinnamon, bread dough and caramel malts. Nice toffee flavors up front and towards the middle building to a sweet, mollassas finish. Mild hops in the nose and bitterness in the finish do not stand up to the sweetness of the brew, but that is alright. Nice ruby to deep brown color with an average head. Pleasant, but not great.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smokey notes, very smooth. Good malt body present. Low bitterness, sweet aftertaste. Enjoyable.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper colored, oily brew with an interesting array of flavors. Strong cascade hop aroma which when tasted seems as though it were dry-hopped. Lots of caramel malt in the body but it goes down smooth. Not the same variety of spices you would expect to find in most winter ales.
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I found a dusty bottle of this for $0.50 in a bargin bin in Madison. Resembles an IPA in color, with a fair amount of sediment. Very sweet, malty aroma, in a syrupy way like certain dopplebocks. A decent whiff of EtOH, and little hop aroma to speak of. Suprisingly earthy, tea-like, with a dry, lightly astringent, finish. Not sure what the brewer was aiming for here, but this seems like a confused effort. Loses points for having such disparate characteristics in the aroma and flavor departments.
Panzuriel (1316) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A nice Winter beer that I found in the spring in the bargain bin. Nicely spiced with flavors that I can’t quite place. Would be a wonderful brew for a fireside chat.
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 14, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
70’s here in Aug reminded me of a cold winters day in phoenix. I certainly wasnt expecting this in a ’winter’ brew. I havent sampled many Herb/vegetable beers, but this was decent although probably past its prime. Pretty mellow
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark red amber color. Pours quite thinnly witha fluffy head. Caramel malt sweetness this a hint of mace/nutmeg. A typical winter offering.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is a nice dark ruby red, the head thin and light beige, the lace is adequate, Nose is citrus, malts, sweet, nutmeg maybe. Start is slightly sweet, the top is light, the finish is dry, acidic, nice hop bite, with moderate carbonation. A decent beer, drinkable, and a pleasant enough distraction from the ’Strong Belgian Ales’, that I love.