Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown hue with a frothy tan head. Aromas of hops( pine), chocolate, spices (cinnamon, clove) and some toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Initially thick, and frothy, but goes down smooth. Nice sweetness that isn’t overbearing and flavors of chocolate, caramel, and a little tobbacco. This is a very nice surprise.
TomDecapolis (4470) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to egajdzis. Pours a dark red amber with a medium size tan head that laces nicely. Aroma is darker fruits, caramel and some roastiness. Flavor is some alcohol up front roasted malts and chocolate.
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to egajdzis. Poured a dark reddish-brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of light chocolate, a little smoky, and verly lightly nutty. Tastes of chocolate, and roasted malts. I also had a harder time nailing down exactly what it was that I was smelling and tasting.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown red with a small tan cap that slowly fades.
Smell is sweet, faint malt with a hint of nuts, chocolate, and lime.
Taste is sweet, roasty, rich syrup, chocolate...very hard to place.
Mouthfeel is slightly chewy and roasty with bitterness.
GregClow (2879) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Liars’ Club, San Diego. Dark brown with ruby highlights, and a wispy tan head that left some nice lacing. Very nice roasty/nutty/smoky character in both aroma and flavour. Finish is well hopped, but not to the point of obnoxiousness. Nice stuff, very enjoyable.
egajdzis (5302) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a reddish brown color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, caramel malts, smoke, and citrus. Taste of roast, and light smoke, dried fruits, dry bitter finish, and light alcohol as well.
TheBeerGod (5220) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky dark brown. Very dark red around the edges where minimal light is allowed through. Small tan head. Nose is malty and lightly hopped. Some earthy hops, faded pine, cocoa, dark fruits (raisins, figs, light hints of prunes), and light hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is sweet and hoppy. Lots of sweet malts, ripe fruits (honeydew, light tangerine, cantaloupe, prunes), light pine, cold decaf coffee, and chocolate. The balance on this is rather nice. Body is medium but not as rich or thick as hoped. There is a bit of bitterness lingering on this. Finish and the aftertaste bring forth much more fruit and hops. Lingering coffee, notes and dark chocolate along with light earthiness and sweet malts. Not bad at all, but lacking a bit of umph.
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle sent to me by Foolish_Mortal (many thanks once again) and enjoyed in my Stone RIS snifter:
Displays a deep brown hue with nice ruby highlights when exposed to bright light, fading off-white head and good lacing. The nose detects a interesting combination of piney and grassy hops as well as chocolate and biscuity malts. I found some fruity (apple and prune) components in addition to a bit of nutty and smoky notes floating around. The taste is equally interesting with the hoppy bitterness balanced nicely with a malt sweetness and a good amount of a fruity/acidic nature too. A smoky and earthy finish works well within the framework of the beer. Lingering grapefruit and bitter aftertaste from PNW hops, yes HopHeads should enjoy this as well. The feel is medium-bodied with a doughy and astringent quality. What 8.5% ABV, I could not find any hint of it!
Overall I found myself digging this beer more and more as I drank it. Another nice surprise from this brewery that I think doesn’t get enough credit for making solid and very quaffable brews. Reaper Ale is more than just a fancy label, there is some beer to be found within the bottles. IMO, this is quite like a hoppy porter in style and that is a good thing!
badczech (2) - California, USA - SEP 15, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aside from Sleighor Double IPA, the might be ReaperAle’s best. Pours dark with crimson highlights. Dense, respectable head. An eclentic palate of aromas: oak, rich, roasty malts, hints of molasses, raisins, and even bit on the sweet side.
Alcohol is apparent, but not overly aggressive. An overall, well-made strong beer. Tasty. :)
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brownish black color witha small swashy soapy head. Smoked nuts in the aroma and stale peanuts and roasted chestnuts. Tastes like dark nut soaked water. Very smooth, smoked, very nice.