jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear, copper/amber with quickly diminishing head, decent lace. Grainy aroma with fruit, spice and slight hops. Thin to medium bodied, slick feel with flavors of slight roast, nasty fruit flavors, slight spice, metallic hops, light malt that is not bad but this puppy doesnít do it.
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The head was thin and didnít last long. The feel on my palate wasnít impressive. It has a nice fruity flavor, but it isnít very strong. It isnít my favorite winter brew.
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyable winter brew, but blander than some others. Could use a bit more spice.
jgb9348 (4857) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good strong winter ale!!
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weak. Amber color, thin head with a little lacing. Faint malt aroma with a hint of delicate hops. Flavor is a watered down version of the aroma. Thin mouthfeel, dry finish. Everything about this beer - aroma, falvor, and mouthfeel - was just weak.
PorterPounder (5712) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 Rerate Pick up a bit of a nectarine-like fruitiness in the flavor this time around. Enjoyable - same score. Original 3.4 Slightly malty aroma, thin, quickly dissipating head with a wee bit of lacing. Nice amber color. Nothing really memorable about the flavor - kind of dry with a bit of a bitter aftertaste little bit of a hoppiness to it - itís from the west coast ainít it?. Beats the Bud Light that they will be serving at the New Years Eve party I am going to.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tan creamy head. Nice clear amber color. Hazy hoppy aroma. Light carbonation. Initially delicately hoppy transitioning into a warming, smoky-malty flavor. Nothing really jumped out at me in this beer. Let this one warm up a little.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear deep amber color topped with a medium thick head that disappears relatively fast, however leaves good lace. Sweet fruity malt aroma with a hint of underlying hoppiness. Sweet fruity hoppy flavor with a good malt background and a hoppy fiish. Medium to full bodied and very warming.
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2002
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
clear copper, light but clinging head. tinny aroma. the first sip, i was like "ew, tastes like amber bock mixed with bud", but after it sat out for a while it wasnít as bad as i initially thought. not spicy at all, but a nice malty flavor. fizzy but somewhat watery palate. itíll do in a pinch i suppose.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Crystal clear light copper. Off white edge head. Grainy malt aroma with hints of fruit syrup. Initially a bit rough with an astringent roasted edge covering a dextrin based body. Mild black cherry skin aftertaste. Medium light body. Balanced sweetness. Medium bitterness and a faint pine cone hop flavor. Taste seems artificial at times. Finishes warmer in flavor but not completely impressive. A slightly above average winter sessional.