MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark amber with a musty, grassy aroma that is a bit weak. Flavor is a bit disappointing, caramel and slight hops come through as does musty/grassy flavor from aroma. I was hoping for a bit more umpf from this one, but it is still a nice beer, albiet a bit bland.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a very clear, honey-maple-brown body with a huge, 3-finger, creamy head that lasted. First impressions aside, the aromas were weak and musty with caramel malts under light herbal hops. Creamy yet thin, the flavor was mostly malts... a little sweet to start with a very light, carbonated bite at the end. A good transitional beer for novice palates, but rather mundane.
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BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this on tap at a new Irish pub that opened out at the beaches area. Amber pour, lacey head. Caramel covered grass and maybe a little malt towards the bottom. Bland and unconvincing. Kinda skunky aftertaste.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber, small white head, lots of spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel, and a little grassy hop. Flavor is more grassy hops, sweet malt dominates the palate.
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2007 May 11, 2005; 12 oz. bottle. First-timer with this one. The color and pleasant caramel notes remind me quite a bit of Bass Ale, but this a tad weaker, and a bit unbalanced (with a slightly metallic bitterness at the very end. Not bad, but certainly nothing special.
Re-rate on Feb. 4, 2007: Recently tried this again -- both in bottles and on tap at Rosie O’Grady’s (7th Ave., NYC) and it’s grown on me. The "metallic" element mentioned by many is countered by a pleasant maltiness that makes for a very good session ale.
Nate (4114) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thanks to DMeyers69. Mild nutty malt aroma but with some sulfur or skunkiness for a minutes to start. After, there is a smooth roasted quality with a bit of caramel sweetness. Dark mahoghany amber clear with thein foamy off-white lacing head. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Starts dry and mildly roasted with subtle malts. Medium acidity and some carbonic tang with a touch of biscuit. Overall, a bit watery. Light dry hops and would be more suited to cask draught - perhaps a good session beer. Mild carbonic dry finish and chalky light bitter after.
Ron (3507) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Got one bottle in a trade with j_b for a Labatt Select I wanted to unload. He was disappointed with this one as well. It poured a nice head with a aroma of malts and hops. Being alittle too watery was ok by me, but I did not like the bitterness at the end.
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fairly bland ale. Nothing very distictive. No real notable hops, malt, or yeast characteristics. Not bad. Not great.
fr21555 (4) - USA - MAY 6, 2005 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The key to evaluating this ale is to have more than one. They usually taste better in the second and third pints, which is unusual with so many other beers.
The only problem I found with it is it is often served TOO COLD, a problem common in the USA.
dorfrx (21) - Glenmont, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2005
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Almost a stale, wet basement flavor, very disappointing. I was hoping for sooo much more. If I don’t have again, won’t be upset.