DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Christmas 2002 12oz. bottle. Picked up one of two 12packs left that had been sitting in a small local
drugstore's cooler for at least 6 months. I'm not a huge fan of pyramid beers, but I heard
great things about this one. Upon leaving the drugstore I had my reservations. But boy how was I wrong. I think the 10 months of mellowing did this beer
justice. This one pours a deep, rich auburn brown with a tight tan head that lingers nicely. Aromas are very
complex. Some of you would have a heyday describing the nose of this beer. Flavors are that of a fine English strong ale. Very well balanced and smooth with well hidden alcohol. Finishes clean
and somewhat dry. Very good beer.
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red brown color with nice head and good lacing, medium bodied. Roasted malt the primary aroma, but nad hints of blackberries and honey. Good balance between the sweet malting and northeastern hops, nice twang during the aftertaste. Very nice.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium bodied ale with a light head. Slight fruity aroma with light fruit and malt flavors.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 22, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ack. Looks like a glass of Diet Rite. Very bitter and the alcohol is well-hidden. Extremely malty, though I wouldn't call it a barleywine. Lingering bitterness on the tongue that sticks around like a bad cold.
deedub (1) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2003 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What an excellent brew. Great creamy head and full of flavor. Truely the favorite of us Pacific Northwesteners.
God, I love Snow Cap!
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Brewbandit for this bottle. Nice good refreshing winter beer. Nice combination of malt and spices.
Panzuriel (1308) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1997 bottle drank in 2000. Deep brown liquid with good head. Nice malty aroma with some spice hints. Smooth and not too thick texture. Good sweet flavor with a twinge of roast. Nice beer.
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002 Bottle: Nice creamy head with a burgundy coloring. An extremely nice hop/malt balanced finish as compared to the quite sweet overpwering maltiness at first. I am quite impressed with this beer. I bought it about five months ago and even in that time it has mellowed out so much, definitely not like last year's batch. Somewhat of a sugary aroma.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled in 1998, drank 2003. A TWIST OFF CAP! Dark, full bodied. A little on the sweet side. Not overpowered by the hops. I really liked the screw off cap.
Jurgen (7) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2003 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first taste left me for the first time with a beer with tears in my eyes and memories of... what? A wonderful beer. Smooth,spicy, well-balanced, with a perfectly stated bitter aftertaste. One would have to be completely jaded, I think, not to appreciate this one. Next year I'll hunt it down.