OldGrowth (3058) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Lite spice, banana, nutmeg, chocolate and carmel in the nose. Dark orange red color. Small to no head. Citrus, grapefruit & orange. Lite chocolate and carmel too. Thin and bitter finish. Not bad. Not great.
PorterPounder (6711) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2011 Rerate Toffee flavor more pronounced this time around. Original 3.3 Pours with a dark mahogany color, tight off-white head - decent lacing. Cola-like aroma. Initially it had a bit of a "dirt" essence to it, but it warms on you. Flavor has a good nuttiness to it and the bitterness of the hops balance it out nicely on the back end. Just a tad thin though.
Aurelius (4834) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tart fruity aroma. Good label, vienna-colored beer. Dry, dry fruit, shot of citrus, bitter, coffee, slight cocoa. Medium long bitter finish, medium-light body. Watery cocoa on the lips. I liked this.
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear, mahogany ale. Small, creamy, white head.
The nose is of cocoa, grapefruit rind and alcohol. Flavor has good balance with bursts of chocolate, pineapple... banana split. Also notes of booze, pine nuts and macadamia nuts. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish. Well-bittered.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask, @ Federal Jack’s, Kennebunk, Maine.</br> The second of the two hand pubs on for the day. Deep amber coloured ale with a lacy tan head. Sweetly aromatic, malty rich notes throughout. The clarity is terrific on this beer. Overall I thought Federal Jack’s was a very impressive brew pub. The beers sold on sight are apparently manufactured on site, the bottled brews are contracted out. Thankfully I was able to take my time and try most of what was on offer.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Deep reddish-amber, big (fast-decaying) head. Faint, very faint, citrusy aroma; pillowy mouthfeel and finish but not much in the front: bits of caramel, orange and cherry to tease you, but little to hold on and make your tastebuds go "wow". At the very end, if you rest a minute after tasting, a nasty medicinal quality comes through. Sad.
jimhilt (2513) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a two-fingered off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light - medium carbonation. Deep clear amber color. Nose is soapy??. Starts with hops and malts; finishes with a hoppy/soapy overtone. Medium bodied. The ABV is currently 6.8%. $2.89 for a 22oz bottle.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany hue with a lasting small off-white head and very good lace. The aroma hinted of spices, plum, candycorn, pipe tobacco, and bittersweet chocolate. The taste starts malty and sweet then leads into a spicy and biscuit background. Very dry and chalky palate, with some lingering spice. A solid but not overwhelming winter brew. Nice to have once.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ohoo, nice hearty mahogany body, simple small head turns to a ring of lacing. The aroma is herbal, fruity, Hugh malt likeness, plums, apricots, apple, plums, hints of cinnamon, and honey. The palate is medium, nutty and slightly bitter in the finish, Warming in the back of my throat. This would be a fine accompaniment to a finicky Dominican cigar.
Certainly Recommended for these holiday seasons!
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2003 I was especially impressed by this Cask-conditioned pour of this English-style Ale. Strong syrupy malt nose. Roasted nuttiness. A bit of cider to the taste. At first sweet, subsiding to a slight sour. Oatmealy. Served at room temp as well! Crisp, slightly bitter finish!