howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Robust"? Maybe. Not too bad, classic english ale flavor, but nothing like the better examples.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very sour kind of bitter, unpleasant actually. I drank this while watching UW upset No.3 WSU, and being from Pullman maybe this was Seattle’s way of saying "don’t drink our goddamn beer if you our rooting for the other team." Well, just like the Huskies, beer too can have a bad season.
Crit (3809) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Contrary to popular belief this is not the same every year. This wasn’t one of the better ones, lacking in flavor
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 23, 2002
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Kinda tastes like puke
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 23, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had a few of these in a bottle after watching Ohio State spank Michigan and clinch a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. GO BUCKS!! Anyway, I digress. Subtle nose of caramel, flowers, and a hint of citrus. Pours a clear ruddy brown/orange. The ultra creamy and exceptionally tight off-white head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The flavor starts sweet with a warm and spicy middle that is slightly acidic. The finish is on the sweet side. The medium creamy lively palate finishes clean and slightly dry. Not bad.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2002
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
2002 - medium thick, sweet fruity malts too close to cloying.
2001 - thick, syrupy. some fruity flavors towards the end of the bottle. I don’t like winter warmers that add fruit. I prefer a traditional winter warmer like Young’s or Sam Smith.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dull brown and transluscent. Dry hoppy aroma. Sweet malty taste - some hints of raspberries, caramel, woodiness, strawberry? Agreeable but mild finish. This might be a good campfire keg beer.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark amber with a foamy fast fading head. Light on the nose, not much there. Flavor is sweet and slightly spicy. Light dry malt aftertaste. Quaffable, but nothing special.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 clear watery red with a firm head that dissapates quicly...sour fruity aroma with hints of sourball cherry...watery metallicness subsiding to malty fruitiness all swiming in a subtly carbinated lake of dryness..very subtle tart sourness in the background..I dont get too much spice..just lots of sour fruits..but the body is a tad light..and if tis a cold winter night..I'd think you might want something with a little more HHmmPh!
Ernest (7285) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Bottle (2011 bottling).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium amber to light brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, slightly metallic.
A perfectly acceptable hoppy amber ale (certainly not an English Strong IMHO). Simple, but aromatic and flavorful. A little metallic. Overall better than expected.