elpresidente19 (30) - Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I am usually not a big fan of reds, but this one was delicious. Poured darker than expected witha beige head. Fairly full bodied. Nice hoppiness with good citrus noted along with...apple maybe??? glad to see a strong red that is still very drinkable.
waolsen (1329) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
tap. marroon with healthy off white head. grapefruit skin aroma, hoppy, mild malt and spice. bitter mouth. very hopped up. citrus and roasted malts challenge each other with grapefruit winning. alcohol well hidden. delicious
Boutip (4307) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 5, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Beernadblues2: Poured a deep red/brown color ale with a quite large foamy head with adequate retention. Aroma of medium citrus hops with some weak caramel malt. Taste consists of semi-sweet caramel malt with some medium citrus and bitter hops. Body is about average with some medium carbonation and no sign of alcohol. Overall, I thought this was a light version of an American strong ale and definitely lacking on character to make it truly worthwhile.
Ughsmash (6926) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks go to crosling for the hook-up! Poured a misty reddish-orange with a short cap of beige head. Nose was sticky-sweet with caramel and a whole bunch of citrus and other hops. Flavor was of darker toasted caramel sugars, bitter pine and citrus hoppage, and some sweet berries... alcohol accents. Almost syrupy on the palate with a lingering bitterness.. kinda gave me a headache pretty fast.
dwyerpg (4267) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Havenít had this style in a while. Nice caramel aroma and looks great. The head is okay, but the taste is a little too much alcohol. Not very malty. Decent but not great.
FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 Bottle Date, Sampled December 2006
Pours with a brilliantly clear, deep, dark ruby-red color. It is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that easily starts out at three-fingers thick when roused a bit. The aroma is quite sweet and fruity smelling; it is a mix of berry notes, raisins, caramel, a touch of toffee and something that reminds me of sticky brown sugar glazed pastries. There is also quite a bit of malt depth here; lots of complex dark malt notes that remind me of complex maillard browning aromatics. There is even something here that reminds me of tart plums or even something like tamarind. I get some rum like aromatics as well, or at least something almost like this. There are some notes here that I canít quite pinpoint and it makes me wonder what exactly was used in the recipe of this beer.
Fairly thick and meaty, though without being really sweet. Clearly there is lots of malt character here, again it is rich and chewy with lots of complex sugars present, but without being sticky or sweet. This tastes of caramelized raisins and figs, or perhaps those two fruits that have been glazed in a reduced brown sugar sauce. Hints of toffee mix with subtle molasses and round out the malt depth here. If this wasnít so thick and chewy, more toasted malt notes and biscuit flavors would be much more prominent; as it is though, they play a supporting role here.
This is one of those beers that is truly a meal. I can certainly envision a pyramid worker taking this as a liquid lunch, though the 8% alcohol might do him in. An interesting back story, but this really tastes like an English old ale or barley wine.
Ernest (5929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lighlty to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to fully body, velvety/creamy/oily texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Not very special, but ok. Thereís a strange oily slickness in the finish that is slightly unpleasant.
Ratman197 (8532) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of citrus, carmel and a light hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, orange peel, bread and light pine with a lingering moderatly bitter finish.
Kevin (2008) - Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
maroon body with an off white head. floral hop nose with a light spice. sweetness is well balanced by a strong hop presence. apple and pear notes with citrus and floral hop. a bit of lingering plum and sugar sweetness. full rich flavors of everything and a few i canít name, sticky like honey at times too. herbal flavor really dominates late. an enjoyable beer.
BeerandBlues2 (8575) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours ruby with spare fizzy light brown head, mostly diminishing, clear body. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel, toffee), heavy hops (flowers, herbs, grass), light yeast (sweat) with notes of bubble gum, plum, apple, cassis and honey. Average duration, light malt, moderate acidity, heavy bitterness. Medium bodied, oily texture, fizzy and bitter. Pleasant beer with a wonderful aroma.