swtchcrook (3) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2004 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
04 edition-this batch is not as earthy as last year's, but still an excellent beer nonetheless. SN never really goes wrong with this one.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brownish red color. Little white head. Smells of aromatic hops, kinda spicy. Nice balance of sweet malt a spicy, earthy hops. Good stuff.
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - JAN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Amber color, white foamy head that diminishes, good strong lacing, from a good strong beer. Just tasted at a bar, I thought it was the best beer on the wall; it probably was out of the forty or so. Flavor is strong "pine tree" hops, as you'd expect from an IPA, the finish is balanced a tad more bitter than sweet. No noticeable aroma, kind of disappointing, might be because I'm getting over a cold. I'm sure there's some more complex flavors in there, however I wasting there to do serious tasting. Good IPA, doesn't beat Stone's IPA but it comes close, good strong winter beer, as the label suggests.
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - JAN 13, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is just a tad short of the SNs flagship Pale Ale. Still very good though. Good IPA but not as good as Three Floyds Dreadnaught.
This poured with a nice orange hue and good head and lacing along the way. Also full flavored with some hoppiness and not overly malted at all.
Bet ya can't drink just one!
gsmitty80 (1874) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 This was an excellent beer. The spicey and bitter tones of the beer overcome the winter cold. I woudnt consider it an ipa but then again im not a brewmaster. I think this beer is the best seasonal ive ever tried and higly recommend it.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[2003 Bottle]. Light amber color with a nice white head. The taste is bitter and hoppy, but not unpleasant. It features a nice balance.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A hoppy tasting beer with a nice red color to it. Strongly flavored, it was a very nice treat. The worst thing about this beer is that it isn't available all year. A solid brew.
drywallman (334) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nice and dark. Has the raisin, plum, carmel, and citrus in the nose, along with the same plus pine/juniper in the taste. This is a great seasonal.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 On tap at HDG. Orange in color. Very hoppy brew, cascades. Pretty good. Not one for cascades though. Nice and refreshing. Big beer. Enjoyable.
OldGrowth (2821) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2003: Butterscotch, carmel, pine, orange in the nose. Clear orange copper color. Small head that tapered down to nothing. Piney/orange/carmel flavors. Kinda syrupy, nice spicy bitterness. What a brew. I can't believe I waited so long to have. Had on draft at Sunset Grille and I'd score 8/3/8/3/18