swanmann (558) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 This was probably my first declared "favorite" beer. Darker amber. Maybe a bit over carbonated. They have a cask conditioned on tap sometimes. The lower carbonation really opens up the flavors. Wood and smoke, sap even (?) I really like it. Pork or pizza.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
had this in breckinridge, amber junk with forced flat head. malty sweet humor and a schpeckle of nutmeg.. these same characters ring through to the mouth with a week bodied feel. yep.
mrchug645 (71) - alb, New Mexico, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
in the winter time cant go wrong just sit back open up a few and enjoy a good amber style winter brew that is very mellow
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pour is dark amber with a very thin head. Roasted malts and sweeter notes on the palate. Coffee and chocolate, thick and intense.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2004: Pour is amber with a thin off white head...smell is earth fruits, dates, and leather and tobacco...taste is sweet, but very thin and weak...
2002: Pour is amber with a thin off white head...smell is much the same as the 04 but much mustier and spicier...flavor is sweeter than the 04 but seems oxidized...
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2002 vintage. Taste-wood, sawdust, lots of malt. Very woody. Not bad, but there is alot of must/dust flavors that overwhelm. Honey.
GarrettB (895) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2005
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 A beer of this type and heartiness would be my choice for a mug full of stomach warming juice during a biting winter storm somewhere in the North parts of the English isles. Which means that while it’s a beer that nicely demonstrates a the virtue of mellow malts and a slight hint of hops, it’s nothing I would care to drink unless I really was isolated and forced to take a chug of this to warm up. What I like about this beer is its recalcitrance to hit me too hard with any one ingredient. The color is a pretty standard foxtail red with very little foam save for a ring around the edge, and the smell is just as boring with very little to engage me except an aroma of salted nuts and a whiff of malts as a harbinger of the drink to come. One of my favorite parts of a beer’s taste is the collection of fruits. Isolation Ale burdens itself with a fruit free recipe, which leaves all the rough n’ tumble grainy plants to take the spotlight. This beer simply makes me shrug with apathy, which is something a beer should never aim to do.
jefcon (1303) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nutmeg and caramel/crystal malts on the nose. Also some pepper and soap. The same wild variety of flavors shows up in the beer: soapy hops, caramel, and a chocolate finish. True to its description, the beer is void of fruit. Palate is heavy, and maybe a little cloying. A unique warmer, and one worth trying.
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 2007 @ the brewery. Caramelly and nutty aromas. Pours amber. Caramel malts, very rich malt flavors, good and warming.
2004/2005 edition. Sweet aroma, malty. Pours reddish brown. This has a definite malt flavor, not much hops in here. Caramel, sweetness. Great but i miss me some hops! originally rated 3.3.
jgentgesdo (663) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours beautiful ruby with small tan head that quickly diminishes. Mild apple and pear notes in the nose mixed with a sharp almost pine note. Flavor is well balanced, leaning toward sweet, smoky malts. Alcohol speeds the mild, peaty finish. Decent.