Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2001
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was stinky. It wasnít skunked, but it was stinkyeasted. Cascade hopped, tinny first taste -- I suggest letting it sit and warm to get the ale flavor. The palate is actually on the higher side of 3, but not a 4. Some butterbread aftertaste. I was disappointed. Tastes like a bad Sierra Nevada brew.
emacgee (3796) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep sharp amber color. The head is initially strong, thick, tan, and ceamy with lacing (poured into a lager glass which may account for head). The aroma was very hoppy, piney (shrubber85), with some malt charactr. The taste is dominated by hop too, with a seconday malt character. Tastes like an amber/brown ale mixed with an ale of moderate hop bitterness (pale ale, esb). There is also some belgian sour/earthy smell and taste too it, maybe iím misreading that. Palate is interesting on account of the carbonation.
cheap (3743) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Red Hook Winter Hook in a 12 oz brown bottle. Pop the lid for an interesting spicy aroma. Dark brown yellow. Taste is not as spicy as the aroma. Canít get over the spicy herb vegetable smell, though not unpleasant. Feel is a little viscous and strong lagerish. Not in your face with the alky. The only other English strong ales Iíve had are summit and weyebacher. Not as strong in the flavor area as those two but it donít make it any less enjoyable. This attribute may even make it better. Some hopp or malt bite on the back of the tongue and it even lingers for a while but it is not like strong strong ale. It manages itself without too much trouble. It does seem to be a little less oppressive than the other strong ales. Finish is a medium bitter that is tolerable.
ClarkVV (3742) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2004 2003 draft. Big dark red color with some bright oranges. Moderate sized copper colored head that leaves quickly. Clear. Aroma of light red/orange fruits, some mild hops and a good earthiness. I was very impressed with the flavor. Balanced, enjoyable. Lightl tart cherries and a good malt backbone with some spiciness to it. Very good to style. Faint bready and nutty flavors. No astringency. yum. Now if they could only fix their ESB.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer is a deep, deep ruby color, it is very clear and pours with a tan head. At first the aroma is of dark fruit, then the hops kick in a bit. The hops come to dominate the aroma, but they are not super strong either. The first taste is lightly fruity (hints of cherry). The finish is off dry, and is accompanied by a hoppiness that is complimentary to the fruit flavors. No real strong flavors that jump out at me. The hops are the dominant flavor here, but for some reason this beer tastes a tad on the weak side.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated on 11-29-2009 (Bottle) This beer forms a medium sized fizzy beige head that mostly diminishes, transparent red with brown tint body, fast rising carbonation, and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, citrus and pine hops. The Taste is lightly bitter, caramel malt, and citrus hops. This is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this is a session beer as it is very easy to drink, has a nice hop presence as it is not overly hoppy tasting which suits me just fine!
Beerman6686 (3719) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of malts and a little spice. Dark amber in color. Taste of bland maltyness and not much hops. Rather thin
Butters (3656) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2008 seasonal. Clear dark amber pour with fair light tan head. Nose of citrus hop with a hint of pine. Some maltiness in the flavor but not much. Good as a hoppy esb, but not much of a ’winter’ beer...
travita (3651) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber color with an average head. Floral hop aromas balance well with the malts. Some spiced and hops in the taste but not a whole ton of flavor overall. A very moderate beer more like an average amber ale.
SSSteve (3630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear copper colored with a small head. notes of spicey nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon in aroma. spicey at first with a bready malt finish. nice, but needs more spices. light-med bodied.