marcus (6017) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brown ale poured with a lacy tan head, eliciting a malty aroma. A plethora of fruit and spice flavors (raisin, cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg) complements the hearty malt base. There is a carbonated mouthfeel and a very yeasty finish. Overall, a very pleasant drink.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ML Bottle-Beer Swap 2.0-Pours a ruby red color w/a big foamy off white head. Nice malty floral aroma. Smooth, malty, fruity flavor w/decent amount of effervescence. Very smooth, long finish-reminds you of an altbier/amber.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
beer decants a fairly active, wonderfully bright tawny cherry-wood with an off-white head that retains well and leaves sheets of lace. malt dominated dose has toasted aromatic elements (even a bit of chocolate) mixed with aromas of dark fruits - plums, cherries...figs? a bit of phenolic spicing floating above the fray - perhaps a bit of cinnamon? starts with a complex of sweet malty flavors, with a bit of a fruity tang, finished off with some nice alcoholic warmth that is not at all over-bearing. further exploration reveals some definate yeast flavors - with perhaps an unfortunate solventy note wafting about the finish. quite a solid beer all around - the balance is a bit to the sweet side, but the alcohol and carbonation keeps it from being over-the-top.
fordest (1961) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle from O’brien’s. Brownish pour with a very large tan head. Very fruity aromas. Plum and cherry. Some caramel/vanilla as well. Flavors were similar. Molassas followed the dark/dried fruit flavors. Some hoppiness in the finish, but definitley a malt/yeast forward beer. Very Good.
Pailhead (4416) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Shared by Styles. Aromas of dark fruit, banana, and yeast. Pours a hazy brownish-orange with a small beige head. Yeasty with light dark fruits. Finishes with a light flowery bitterness. There are some hints of orange in the background along with some light banana. Light fizzy carbonation.
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Provided by Styles: Hazed ruby brown hue that is topped by a fizzy head. I get clove, cardamom, banana, lime, earthy yeast, and a nit of phenols on the nose. The taste starts fruity (both tart and sweet) with a major spicy component. The background is dark bread and a touch funky. This is brash and aggressive and could use more age. The mouth feel is fizzy, lively and dry on the finish. Good but I would like to try it with a year or two more under it’s belt.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a lightly-effervescent copper amber with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Slightly earthy semi-sweet dark caramel aroma with mild hints of funk and brett. Starts with nice, authentic yeasty malty character turning more funky and earthy bordering on bretty. Nice authenticity, but has a little too much borderlined brett character, otherwise would be a nice Belgian double.
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This corked and caged bottled brew from Mike Sprinkle at a rating party in Indianapolis, IN poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized tan colored long lasting bubbles on top of a transparent brown colored body with no carbonation. The aroma was mildly vinous with mild brown malts in the nose. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a vinous flavor of dark malts.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark mahogany body with a lush, frothy, smooth white head. Delicious and inviting looking. Full bodied, caramel and cherries abound in this spicy brew. Very good. Smooth and creamy.
notalush (4635) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark burgundy pour, with substantial and lasting off-white head - aroma of clove, nutmeg, overripe fruits - carbonation is medium-soft in the mouth - a little tart and almost funky to start, then some alcohol warmth to accompany some caramel, plum, fig and spices - mildly sweet, almost bready finish - a very nice belgian.