AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap..came a dark brown with a thin white head that diminished quickly. A very mild malt aroma was followed by a pleasant malt flavor, with a very understated hop finish. I didnt really pick up on the fruity flavors in the commercial description. Good, but not my favorite winter brew.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Re-Rate 11/08/02: The pour a deep garnet to ruby brown color, the head majestic, spumous, light tan in color, with thick lace to coat the glass. Malt dominates the nose, light hits of caramel, clean and fresh. Start is mostly malt, lightly sweet, with a top that is middling in mouth feel. Big old hop spicy bite, the carbonation is tolerable, the aftertaste dry as a bone. Over all a decent drinking beer and as I like Pyramid, all the better.
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. A brown ruby color. Malty and a little cherry and dark fruit flavors. Vineous.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, light aroma---malty sweet and estery, pleasantly medicinal...Color is a rich ruby-brown with a thin but busy head---trace fingers of lace...Flavor is a most interesting blend of sweet malts with burnt undertones, subtle bitter hoppy top-end and light spicy-dry finish that gently coats the tongue...Carbonation suitably light as well...Body is medium-full and nicely rounded...The sweet and bitter elements here contradict one another effectively, and its fullness and lively mouthfeel make this a very enjoyable offering indeed.
Turbotommy (32) - Westlake Village, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer was fairly good -- A little heavy with a slight spicy flavor. I feel like it has the pefect amount of hoppy bitterness.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great dark burnt sienna color. Solid lacey head. Spicy flavor but could be heartier. Strong aroma when opening the bottle but fades quickly. Sort of weak aftertaste.
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Low head, reddish-amber in color. Malty, peaty aroma like a scotch/strong ale. Smooth malt flavor with a spicy hop profile. Light carbonation that tingles down the sides of the tongue. The flavor rounds out well with the aroma making an interesting and well buil beer.
hopscotch (9520) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s been over a year since I tried this beer. I really enjoyed it, but the commercial description will have to do. If you like other winter warmers / American strong ales that i have rated highly, this one won’t dissapoint you.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Rerate - 2005 vintage. This Ale pours a deep brown color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malts and some earthy hoppiness. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. Malts are caramel and sweet with a touch of fruitiness. Seems to some seasonal spices like nutmeg and cinnamon as well. Hops are piney and earthy. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Hides the 7% alcohol well. Nice beer, very typical of the winter seasonals. It is fruity and sweet with just enough hops to balance each other out. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20