MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light copper color with a thin head. The aroma rather simple, malty. The flavor is all about a sweet fruity begenning where the bitterness first gets you. Notes of banana and cherry at first, then it goes back to a more full bodied malt flavor.
Ernest (6161) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Bland, bland, boring, boring. Sigh.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brownish orange color with a very thin, white head. Aroma of warm hops (sweet), green peas, and toasty biscuits (sounds complex but I had to sniff at it for 5 minutes to get some separation of components). Pretty big malt and hop flavor though nothing distinguisable. Winey palate. Very thin, creamy body and slightly hot from the unbalanced alcohol. Uninspiring and $4.99.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2004 Orange copper hue. Fluffy beige head. Pleannty of lace. Faintly sweet, faintly hop nose. Plain caramel malts, medium bodied, pleasantly satisfying ale. Very drinkable, full of English flavor, and quite a lovely brew. A Holiday session brew, no doubt!
Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured an orangey copper with no head tho decent carbonation. Not much in the nose,mild caramel with some kind of sweetness,probably from the fuggles. I also detect some faint sweetness/honey in the taste. At about $5 a pint this stuff is way over priced. Drop it to $3 and change and I’d buy this pretty regularly this time of year for it’s very easy drinkablility.
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium sized tan head, good retention and a nice lace. Brilliantly clear, amber colored brew. Fruity, spicey nose. Med/light body, lightly creamy mouthfeel. Fruity , notes of honey and some grapefruit, caramel malt and a touch of alcohol showing as it warms. Finish is dry, fruity. A decent enough quaff.
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light copper body with no head at all, even with a vigorous pour. Nose is full of caramel, no aroma of alcohol. The flavor is rather thin and mellow, with a sweet malt presence followed by a mildly bitter finish. Light bodied. Very mild overall for a 7.5 abv winter special; to the point of seeming uninspired and tame. A little more backbone and it’s a winner.