ChainGangGuy (4420) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Appearance: Pours a cear, deep ruby-hued body with a generously tall off-white head. Plenty of gooey lacing.
Smell: Candyish, sweet-smelling caramel aroma with lemon juice, a dash of bittering herbs, and a dusting of cocoa powder.
Taste: Delightful, sweet caramel flavor at the start. The sweetness diminishes as it warms. Just a hint of lemon zest along with a soft herbal bitterness. Hint of roast emerges in the drying, smooth finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Not bad! A solid, sweetness-minded winter warmer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours nice dark amber with a reasonable cream-colored head. The aroma is mostly fruity malts with some spices thrown in to boot. The flavor is rather toasty, with some caramel and spice notes. Toffee in the finish, with some earth and grass. Ok, not great.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of roasted malt, earth, and spices. Dark cola colors with a minimial head. Dry bitter flavors, roasted malt, burnt toast. Some spiciness but not much. Light palate with dryish finish.
Suttree (5259) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Union Jacks - Pours clear red, with a nice spongy head. Very faint aroma, but interesting - a little spicy, a little herbal. Flavor is, uh, odd. It was a little spicy, with a touch of nutmeg or something, but as it warmed, ah herbal flavor emerged that verged on medicinal. It ended up being kinda hard to finish.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a transparent copper orange with a well-lacing light tan head. Aroma of earthy, dark caramel malts with some English hops. Starts semi-sweet with an earthy grainy maltiness and some citrusy flavor hops toward a more bitter, thinner and drier finish. Seems like a pretty standard ESB.
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007
Beautiful brown color; creamy head. Very nice aroma, British (despite the usage of Centennial and Cascade with the East Kent Golding) and a quite high bitterness also deriving from it; the final is therefore a bit dry.
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - DEC 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark amber colour with ruby hints. Medium off-white head. Malty aroma with a note of dried plums. Quite hoppy taste, long finish.
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from SL, pour was deep amber to red, some brown hues too, decent initial head, diminishing, though, leaving only light lacing. The aroma was roasted malts, caramel, almost a touch of coffee. The flavor was roasted malts, touch of coffee, toffee to slight brown sugar, faint chocolate, no significant spicing, dry hoppy finish. Not my cup of tea or beer.
Gorbalev (2953) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Dark ruby red, small bubbly off white head. Mild spice, malt, sweet aroma. Good taste - woody, tangy, spice, malt, some sweetness, fruit. A bit thin. Simple yet good.
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - DEC 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly orange colour with light head. Both aroma and taste is a bit artifical, but I also sent some coffee. I expect much more body from a winter ale.