sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely ruby/orange color with a lasting, white, frothy head. Aroma is mostly hops, along with some maltiness and honey. Flavor is a little malty up front, lightly sweet, and pretty hoppy in the finish (not an IPA?); a hint of vanilla and caramel. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and starts too fizzy for my taste. Overall, this is a solid, very drinkable beer, but it certainly doesn’t stand out.
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Some light malt in the nose, pretty clean. Toasty malt.
Appearance: Head doesn’t hold, slight cloudiness, dark-honey color.
Flavor: Cereal, malty flavor and a honeyish flavor is also present. Vague medicinal finish at first.
Mouthfeel: Nice balance, hop bitterness is medium, very well-balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness.
Overall: Easy drinking, very tasty brew that I could drink as an everyday beer.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2005 2004 Draught. Pours a rich, muddy, caramel brown with some lighter fuzzy oranges and yellows. Decent off-white head. What a great style for a flagship beer, not just a boring old IPA or amber or APA. Lightly sweet with some typical lightly sour notes in there as well, lots of chewy caramel malt, but also a good dose of hops that are quite flavorful but not terribly bitter. Wonderful balance, really good bocky flavor. Aroma has some caramel and hops, butterscotch, light earthiness.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice beer for being slightly gimmicky. Most beers with a marketing "thing" are terrible. This one is above average, but again not the best.
pacman (9) - muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is not real strong. It is sweet and malty with a little bit of a mustiness. Very nice golden amber color. Hazy. No real head. The flavor is good. Nice maltiness with good balance. There is just a hint of a lingering bitterness on the very back of the tongue, but only a hint. Overall a good beer.
temporrari (385) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Deep amber. Malty beer. Some mild grassy hops. Balanced well, and highly drinkable. Ever if it is almost 7%. You’d never know it.
Kevin (2109) - New Mexico, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this is a beautiful beer. great almost candy like aroma. has a slight fruit taste, not sure what, maybe cherry undertone. but the taste was not what i expected. is just a little bland, but still good.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caramel and nutty malt dominate the aroma, with just a hint of Saaz coming through. Pours a nice amber color, rocky off-white head. Flavor is malty up front, nice big Munich malt flavor, then there is a moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Medium body, lacks smoothness a lager bock would have. Overall, a very drinkable bock/alt/amber ale.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Very full, well rounded. Malty sweetness to some extent, but some bitterness to balance. Nice medium head, pretty amber color. Not quite noticeably alcoholic, but you know it's there. Relaxing.
Sammy (9036) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light and smooth tasting brew. Do not feel higher alcohol at all. Surprisingly amber, and seemed to me like a vienna amber style, malty with modest carbonation. Bitter aftertaste.