kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear dark brown, wispy beige head, drops of lace, dark caramel malt aroma with stare earthy hops, rich caramel and chocolate flavor balanced with spicy hops, light lingering bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one reminds me alot of the Trader Joeís Winter beer. Light in color, body and mouthfeel with not a whole lot going on. Wouldíve liked to have seen alot more body and spice character. With the previous in mind, this still does exhibit some decent malt character with notes of caramel, dates and candied fruit.
jrob21 (2674) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice ruby red color. The second one with a really nice color tonight. Almost no head. This reminds me more of a scotch ale. Malt, yeast, bread, wheat aromas. Smooth with a slightly unpleasant metallic taste on the finish. Canít make out many more distinguishing characteristics in the flavors. Full bodied. Slight cola, caramel flavors towards the end.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Buzz11eye. Dark brown/ amber colr with small lacing type head. Roasted milky aroma. Flavor of brown sugar, maple,malt, and light roasted notes.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, white creamy head. Nose held soft notes of toasted toffee and dark fruits, with lesser notes of spiced roasted marsmallow. Dark fruity malt flavors and hints of coffee and caramel lead the way from start to finish. Jjust a touch of balanced hop bitterness in the end, but the malt still wins out. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, malty finish. Nicely done...
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Cornfield. Thanks Carl!. Nice sweet aroma that portends of good things to come. Hint of high alcohol, in the nose but it is mostly hidden. Mostly opaque, very dark reddish brown with a thin off white ring. Not much lace. There wasnít much of a sound when I popped the cap, so I was leary of flatness. However, if I wasnít thinking that I wouldnít have noticed that it may be a little less carbonated than average. Nice, fairly well balanced flavor. Not much in the way of hops but the roasted malts and higher alcohol work well. A tasty brew. Not spectacular but no glaring flaws.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye: Pours a transparent dark copper with a thin ring of spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly toasted British malt and some mild earthy piny hops. Body starts fairly full and malty sweet with some mild butterscotch and toffee complexity. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear golden chestnut color with a thin off-white head. Light caramel malt with light clovey spice. Mild alcohol notes. Malty flavor with mild fruit, just a hint of spice and light alcohol. Some sweetness. Fair amount of warmth. Some toasty aroma when this warmed. Medium bodied.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium brown pour with chestnut hues. Thin notions of a white head recede quickly, leaving an oily carbonated film behind. Mostly clear with ruby and yellowish highlighting. Aroma is comprised of lightly toasted caramel malt up front. No hint at high alcohol, well masked to say the least. Sugary, interesting. Light spicing, mostly coriander and nutmeg. A little soapy as well. Flavor is sweet and nutty caramel malts, grainy and toasty. Slight tartness, nice bitterness levels throughout. Slightly syrupy palate, too fizzy at points, but an otherwise reasonable carbonation level. Still not a trace of alcohol. An agressive fullness is left behind in a sugar finish. Pretty good balance here, other than in the palate.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for this beer. Poured a dark mahogany with a small fizzy off-white head. Aroma of sweet nuts, fruits, and a bit of alcohol. Flavor is extremely smooth, with notes of sweet fruit, nuts, toffee, a bit of smoke. Alcohol is undetectable in the initial flavor and only shows up to balance out the finish. I could not believe this is 8%. It drinks like a refreshing session beer. Not the most complex beer Iíve had, but so well balanced, flavorful and drinkable that it really sat well with me. Could have downed two or there more of these (which is why itís probably a good thing I only had one at my disposal). A surprise treat from Texas that made my evening.