muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Huge rocky head tops a smooth clear copper body. Nose is weak; some maltines, some fruitiness (berries) but pretty underwhelming. I’m not all that impressed with the flavor, either. Reasonably malty and with a hint of hops, but really nothing stands out; moderately sweet, slightly thin on the body, hint of smokiness and earth tones, but just not much going on. I guess this is par for the course for SA these days, sigh.
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer had a large sized ivory head that contained fine-small bubbles.The body was cloudy and carbonation was observed.The hue was copper and the nose was malty.The flavor was malty and the mouthfeel was very smooth, delicate, easy on the palate, somewhat thin, and light bodied.This beer left a good lacing appearance.This was a beer that was very enjoyable to not only drink, but to rate as well.
ClarkVV (3893) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice grainy/hops aroma that betrays the malt taste.
One of my favorites. Even and flat with a syrupy malt backbone and nice crisp hops lingering around the back. Definitely finishes smooth, true to its attempt. Even some complexity in the malt flavor, some chocolate graham cracker appeal (more graham cracker less chocolate). I was just happy that the carbonation wasnt overbearing in the bottle. could use some more body.
zach8270 (3628) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle] Pours a rich red color with a nice thick head and light carbonation. Very faint malty aroma. Nice malt flavor with a smooth and bitterless finish to it. A bit watery body however.
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber out of the bottle with an almost malt nose. Strong malty body with lots of caramel sweetness.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad offering, just not the best Jim Koch has to give. Nonetheless, it’s a mild beer that should entertain a few wannabe beer drinkers for a while. Heck, it entertained me for a little while.
Aubrey (3455) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice copper-orange-red color; big-bubbled, rocky head. Palate was fairly nice: appropriate carbonation, rich malts and a clean, non-cloying finish. Malts were surprisingly complex. Elements of roasted nuts, toasted bread, some burntness, a hint of sweetness and some sour milk (sounds bad, but it was a nice touch). Some bitterness comes through in the finish and carries into the aftertaste. Malt flavors overlap into the aroma somewhat. Have to say, this beer was much better than I expected it to be.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber color with smallish tan head. Nice raosted malt aroma. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation, which is surprising considering there wasn’t much head. Finish is slightly bitter but I like it. Nicely done.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A huge surprise. This is a fairly hard brew to find, often sold in sampler packs, so I assumed it wasn't exactly the Boston Beer Company's finest product. Looking almost reddish in the wine glass I'm sipping it from (my mugs need washing) this Vienna is a remarkable pleasure to drink. I don't detect much hop action since the vienna malt does the heavy lifting. Loved it!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2004 Best before Jul 03, drank in Feb 03: Pours a light copper color with a good sized head. Light sweet malty aroma, watery mouthfeel without much carbonation. Ending is uneventful. A lackluster offering at best.