Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with amber undertones and little head. Sweet malty aroma with some fruity notes. Sweet malty flavor with a smokey hop finish. full bodied and slightly dry.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2002
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2003 New.........Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. Light shines red through it. Thick tan head which diminishes while drinking. Aroma is very roasty, with a fairly agressive hoppiness. Flavor is initially roasty and bittersweet, with a good hop presence, tapering off to a rich estery fruit sweetness as you continue through the glass. Very good beer...............Old.....Very very dark and rich looking, with a rough tan head. Extremely roasty, with a medium body. You can tell there's a lot of hops, but they're dulled out by the vast quantities of roasted malt, and subtle spicing? I can't really tell, but it seems like there's a little something extra to this beer. Maybe orange peel, clove or coriander? A bit rough and unrefined, very much a coastal new england feel. Very very good. Probably Shipyard's best beer.
argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet, slightly milk chocolate aroma. Sweet chocolate flavor that’s balanced with a nice roastiness at the end. Not sure how it’s categorized as it is, but it seems very much a porter to me.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, dark brown. Sniffs like a cafe au lait, milky-rich mocha. Has typical winter spicing, and continues the milky-creaminess in the flavor, a bit of malted milk. Coats the tongue nicely. Awfully dark for a winter ale.
boto (1661) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost a stout. Get the taste of chocolate in this. Not much carbonation or head. Dark, malty, excellent on a cold, snowy night.
Nonians99 (8) - hingham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2002 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good winter ale, try it its worth it
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby/garnet mahogany hue. Beige head, and aroma of roasted grain, sweet liquor. Caramel and sweet up front, medium bodied, almost too much carbonation, but this stuff is very nice. Finishes clean and mild, slight alcohol.
Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2011 Best enjoyed before Aug 01, drank on 2/7/02: Burnt aroma, followed by a chocolate fruit taste. Ends with a long satisfying maltiness.
legion242 (1999) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Man, did I drink the same beer?
Red with small floaties; thin to medium head that was dense; Mild nutmeg in the nose. Scarily quaffable. Mild hops very hidden.
turtlehead (111) - Nottingham, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2002
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just a nice winter ale from Portland, ME.