heemer77 (5129) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 The body is a dark red with more brown without being held to the light. The head iss lightly yellowish and frothy. The aroma has oranges with some light caramel. The taste is light grapefruit along with some roasted peanuts and popcorn. There is also a little note of toffee. Not bad.
EithCubes (5104) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2006
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Sweet and spiced aroma, floral hops with pine, spruce, and sweet corn, and a little herby funk. Amber-copper pour with a short but sticky beige head. Grainy, lightly hoppy, and dry taste, a little gritty from spice. Toasty notes are way down in the mix. A little woody and a little nutty, and pleasantly dry, but a bland disappointment overall. And very light vegetal bitterness. Medium body and slightly acidic. Pretty nasty aftertaste.
BrewDad (5078) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Newport Weekend) This was a good beer. I liked the complexity between the hops and malts. A good easy going winter beer. Nothing where you light yourself on fire beer. The deep colors and aroma where good.
notalush (5078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hearty this is not. This is a very weak english strong ale. The aroma has a faint roastiness, but not really anything else. The flavor is thin. all the roasty, malty and sweet flavors that should be present are there, but in such minute amounts that this tastes almost like they watered-down the beer. This is a beer to be avoided.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle picked up in the singles section of Total Wine in Alexandria. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a moderate copper color with some ruby tint to it. Slight off white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is sweetness with some caramel and molasses and light wintry spices. The taste brings down a bit more spice, and doesn’t terribly overdo it. Light caramel and malt sweetness. Medium body with good carbonation. For what it is, not too shabby.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-24-2010
thedm (4974) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a strong bubbly carbonation transparent copper brown colored body. The aroma was hoppy and brown malt. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of sharp hops nutty malts and brown malt. A quaffable decent one that I would consider drinking again.
mar (4967) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
deep amber pour with a thin cream head. nice chocolate aroma with some caramel. easy on the palate with a bittersweet chocolate taste mixed with coffee.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz. Bottle: Sweet, herbal aroma. Smells of herbs, caramel, toasting, dough, and a little spice. Poured amber in color with a small tan head that diminished. Good lacing. Clear. Not sparkling. Flavor is sweet. Tastes of dough, caramel, malts, toasting, and nuts. Light to medium body. Thin, watery texture. Soft carbonation. Malty, salty finish. Overall, pretty bad.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Rerate. Looks about the same, perhaps a bit darker and some rudy hues. Flavors seem to match, but I do not have near the appreciation of this one I did in ’03. Nov 1, 2003, 7,4,8,2,15 - 3.6 Dark copper color with a stable tan head. Fresh hops and mild toasted malt aromas. Lightly roasted malt with a vanilla/nutty backdrop. Better then past years. A bitbitter and acidic in the finish. A touch "unclean" in the finish. Better than SNCA this year.
jgb9348 (4893) - 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!!