QAWSBeerGuy (15) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured reddish-brown with a small head that dissipated quickly. Has a floral and slight coffee flavor to it. Some heat towards the good-sized finish, but no complaints here. Nice to know I’m the first in Jersey to rate. Of course, I have fairly easy access, but that’s neither here nor there ;)
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange, the first 3 raters of this NH brew are from WI.... Pours a clear ruby red with dark brown hues. Small off whtie head. Aroma is roasted almonds, sweet caramel and heathbar. Flavor starts sweet, caramel, cherries, goes into a bitter roasted nut taste. Very smooth mouthfeel and palate, warming on the stomach.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear red-brown body with a quickly-diminishing white head. I’m going to peg the sweet aroma as a chocolatey carrot cake w/ extra nutmeg. Nutmeg, chocolate and macintosh apple comprise the flavor with a tart peat coming in the end. Reminds me a lot of a Scotch Ale - the Trappist yeast apparently lends the beer that earthy tartness. Medium body with some alcoholic pepper.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright burnt orange color with a moderate light tan head. Nice to look at but nothing special. Quite fruity in aroma. Mild orange and apricots, touch of caramel, some bubblegum and mild floral hops all tickle the nose, but again doesn’t fully excite. Full lightly oily feel. Now the flavor that where things come out of the malaise. Light sweet floral hops start and lead to full malt sweetness. Heavy caramel, and more hops balance. A mildly funky yogurt and bleu cheese component. Dry malt finish with a herbal hops touch. Seems too clean and sterile at times. An interesting ale. Mild esters throughout. For some reason I keep thinking all this is, is an amber with a different yeast, and I shouldn’t like it. But it seems to works for me.