dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Not a bad beer. Good sweet malt flavor to it.
jgb9348 (4298) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice bronze, copper colour with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, roasted malt, maple syrup and a slight amount of nuts. Medium to Full-bodied; Nutty flavour with some extra caramel sweetness. Aftertaste shows a lot of nuttiness with some residual sweetness. Aftertaste lasts long as it is basically nuttiness and some odd flavours. Overall, a decent 'stronger' brown ale, not much complexities in the taste...but a decent offering from the otherwise mediocre brewery. I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquor in Washington, D.C. and sampled it on 22-December-2003.
JFGrind (1781) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Belgian style beers make an interesting pick for a winter seasonal. River Horse's version is a welcomed surprise. Dark amber color, medium body, decent aroma, and aftertaste. I wasn't sure if it was a Belgian dubbel or strong ale at first taste. By far the best beer I've sampled from River Horse so far.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
*10th ranking for the beer, now it will count on the site* Cola brown body with a french vanilla colored head. Nice thickness, big bubbles and a few on the inside of glass. Smells faintly of malt, spice, and dusty basement. Taste is smooth-sweetness; malt, caramel, maple syrup and winter spices with some roasted nuttiness and coffee. Aftertaste is sweet caramel with roasted notes. Decent winter ale in all respects. Purchased a 12oz bottle at Chevy Chase wine & liquor in Washington, DC.
CapFlu (4255) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) Head, almond head and a copper body. Nose of hops. Nice flavour hops that melt into malt raisins. Very nice!
Lubiere (9106) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice brown in colour, with a nice head, fruity and chocolaty aroma. Raisin, moka taste. Very little alcohol warmth though,
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber appearance with a slim head, big malt profile, some subtle fruitiness in the flavors, the alcohol level is pretty well masked, a pretty decent Belgian-style beer
mkobes (2138) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber in color. Belgian like. Malty. Pretty good. I enjoyed it. Some spicy notes. Fruity nose. Nice warming beer.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer is like a slightly muted standard belgain. It has the belgain straw flavor but it is much more round then most authentic belgians. Some sweet malts. Nice basic belgian tastes without the compexity or prominence of any certain flavor make it a nice beer to drink with a meal or as a session beer. Very drinkable I had no idea it was over 7%.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Seems to be mislabeled a good bit.A decent malty brew w/ some nice bright teases of fruit/some hops and tad of sour at times.Nice and smooth and does improve slightly as it warms.Very impressive deep ruby color/a faint tease of a head no lace.Not horrible(but for the style it might be)Grainy and american.Offtones of a couple styles.There is teases of caramel/fruit& slightly roasted goodness though thin.This is one to start out at a temperature of 50-55.