thornecb (4699) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours mahogany into a trappist glass. Head quickly recedes to form large bubbles on the surface. Dark caramel and pit fruit aromas. Sweet upfront with dark pit fruits, turning fizzy and resiny, dry hop in the finish.
TomDecapolis (4604) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep ruby reb with a medium off white foamy/lacing head. Aroma of dark fruits, nuts, very malty, hints of citrus, caramel, some light spicing. Flavor of sweet malts, nutty, mixed dark fruits, some citrus, some caramel and hints of holiday spices. A little thin for the style, I like more body.
Aurelius (4572) - 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.
vyvvy (4536) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another one from Shipyard that delivers like almost all the others. Pours bronze with a dense tan head. The aroma has light cinnamon, bit of butter and some bread. Medium / thin body with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with sharpness thatís very phenolic, light malt and over spiciness. The finish has sour licorice, mineral water and lots of astringency. Not one to seek out.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best Before: October 2009.
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, garnet-hued body with a frother, ivory-hued head.
Smell: A primarily malty nose with notes of pale malt, toasted biscuits, semi-dry caramel, and (though very lightly) chocolate. Faintly fruity. Lesser note of herbal hops.
Taste: Pale, biscuity malts with some accompanying tastes of light caramel and chocolate. Medium sweetness. Very modest hint of citrus alongside a touch of dark fruitiness. Leafy, herbaceous hops with no more than a medium-low amount of bitterness delivered. Drying finish with a light, lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: So-so. A pleasant, if somewhat simple English-minded brew for winter or whenever, really.
ben4321 (4451) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
November 2008 Beer of the Month Club
(Rating is from 12/19/08)
Kind of smokey and bitter, bit of a scotchy flavor to it, dark color.
jkwood04 (4445) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours deep copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel, herbs, hints of fruit, and light bitterness. Flavor the same, with a weird blend of it all. Average texture. Not great.
cheap (4430) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2008
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at BJís in Pinellas FLA. Decent leathery aroma. Nice lacing on the glass. Perhaps a little darker than the typical pale yellow american lager. Oily soapy mouth coating feel to the palate. Slight whiskey flavors in the background. Taste is somewhat like chewing on leather, it carries over from the aroma. Not bad but a little too much alky in the personality. Terrible bitter linger, good example of the style.
muzzlehatch (4422) - 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.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at Total Wine & More (Ft. Myers, FL) - Medium sized frothy ivory head that mostly diminished, one ring of lacing, transparent, carbonation observed, and a reddish brown hue. The aroma is malty, nutty, chocolate, some caramel, and hoppy. Ditto for the flavor and as the beer warmed toffee flavor came through. The mouthfeel was smooth and this is a medium bodied beer. Fairly easy to drink given the style as the flavor was not overpowering at all given some of the beers of this style that I have rated. The hops dominate the flavor, worthy of a try IMO and a beer that I would drink again.