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RATINGS: 861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2002
One word comes to mind: WEAK. I agree with JakeFr5150 that it tastes entirely to metallic. When homebrewing I sometimes go crazy at Christmas time and dump the spice cabinet in the beer. Similar thing happens. The malt flavor is unbalanced and watery. I usually like Redhook and I have memories of this beer being a lot better.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jazz88 (2526) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
Bottle of the 2002 vintage. Copper to brown color with a tan head. Malty and a little sweet with little flavor and very thin.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2003
I'm not sure what they were trying for with this one. It smelled a bit like a barleywine and vaguely tasted like one. But I didn't really enjoy it.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
Had at O.C. Brown Coloring. Wouldn’t agree with rich and hearty...A pinch watery... Don’t care to drink again.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4144) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2005
I am on the fence about this one. I really want to like it but it has turpentine like bitterness. Now having said that it has a wonderful caramel malt and toffee taste as well. The aroma is floral hops and some pine. I have had better pine flavored ales and even though it’s not bad it could be better.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2005
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark copper--same as an old penny--with a small off-white head. Smells of some sour citrusy hops, also a little metallicky as well. Thin mouthfeel, not very bitter, with a lingering "blah" finish. After the "blah," I get a little bit of a grassy aftertaste. Not terribly impressed with this one.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
Clear dark amber colour with thin off white head. No distinguishable nose. Mild hop taste with slight dry bitter finish.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUL 18, 2006
Pours dark reddish brown. Aroma is sweet, nutty, hints of citrus, maybe hints of coffee. Aroma is not that strong though. Flavor is very watery, but after that there is some nut, coffee, pine, citrus. Palate is watery and very thin. If it weren’t so watery it seems like it would be a solid brew, but in this form it doesn’t do much for me.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ratman197 (9024) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Bottle poured a clear tarnished copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of bread, a hint of brown sugar, a bit of anise and plastic. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bread, a hint of rye and light spice with a smooth dry lightly astringent finish.


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