austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Barcade, Brooklyn: Extremely bitter, more like an IPA. Didnít catch much alcohol, so it was well hidden and will appeal to a hophead who likes strong ales. Fairly malty. Well done.
thehoff (569) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím sad by how clear this beer is an no floaties anywhere. Amber/dark brown body, no head at all. Smells sour. The flavor is a bit better though. It is pretty sweet actually, syrupy. Some bitterness but this beer should have a bit more complexity to it. Cannot compare to a belgian of the same type.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a good winter beer but not one that I would call extraordinary. Something I would try again though.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Arriving as part of the BIF X-mas package from shippos, this beer poured out clea deep copper with a 1 inch thick foamy head. The aroma was that of resinous and peppery hops and perfumey alcohol. The malt was chewy with a bit of a burnt toast, followed by a drizzling of apricot and apples, and a wisp of smoky dryness. The hops that were prominent in the aroma did not feature much in the form of bitterness. Very silky and soothing mouthfeel, despite being a bit thin. Very easy drinking that is somewhat like a diluted barley wine.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 20, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a beige head. A malty aroma with hints of spices and juicy malt. Lush heavy body with lots of malt and cinnamon. Great maltiness and a fair amount of hops. A good x-mas ale.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish amber body, medium whitish head, fruity nose with a hint of yeast and spice. Fruity, spicy, balanced, really nice. Some bitterness in the finish.
shadey (1815) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 2005 version: Very attractive deep red/brown pour. Spicy aroma with nice malt character. Delicious spicy flavor. Wasnt as heavy on the mouth-feel as I expected but not bad at all. Another great beer from the folks at southern tier. Keep up the good work. 8/4/7/3/18.
2006 version: Dark ruby color with white lacing. Aroma is rich hops and malt but not strong. Quite a bit of sweetness. Flavor is milder than I remember. Body is a bit thinner. Disappointing compared to last years version. 6/3/6/3/16.
2006 Version: Aged one and a half years. The caramel sweetness is definitely prominent, but the aged/stale hops are still very much present. The caramel sweetness is up front and noticeable in both the aroma and flavor. The hops show themselves in the finish with a bit of spiciness to the trailing aftertaste. There is still a nice level of carbonation and the lacing on the glass is still attractive. 6/3/6/3/14
2006 Bottle, A little more than 2 years old. Itís really only about spicy malts - the hops create the spice, but there is no freshness to this year - it all tastes old no matter how old it actually is.
2007 Version: This years version is supposed to be 8%. Pour is a clear dark red/brown with a head of thin but chunky off-white cream and lace. Attractive. The aroma is spicier than I remember, but not overpoweringly so. The spice is subtle and probably has more to do with the hops than with any added spices. There is a generous amount of caramel and toffee flavor that makes this more of the rich malty English style winter than in past years. But there is still a clean hop finish that makes this distinctly American. The body is right on. Smooth and creamy with gentle carbonation that is more welcome in the cold. Surprisingly easy to drink for its strength, this is a great winter warmer. 6/4/7/4/16
2008 Version. 12 oz bottle from BOTW. This years old man is gre
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
C-hop fruitiness and fieldberries growing peacefully amongst wise malt roastiness...An almost smoky morning mist sits quietly over the soft field...Dry, green hoppiness greets the palate upon exiting as but a few mineral qualities appear briefly...
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-pine, resinous hop nose with plenty of caramel malts. Copper coloured with thin tan head that recedes to cover. Hoppy flavour has notes of mint with caramel malts and some alcohol flavour. Mild warming. Smooth but low carbonation. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper. Light off-white head. Surprisingly estery smell containing lots of yeasty pear and mango fruits. Heating despite not feeling above 7%. Accessible chocolate to caramel maltiness. Smooth palate with simple light chocolate and coffee flavor. Mild alcohol, a bit stalling and too subdued on the hops unexpectedly despite my higher expectations here. Nothing decadent here, this is in dire need of thicker malts, it feels pretty light in the mouth, could be a dangerous quaffer. Still, thatís quite an enjoyable cakey fruit salad aroma.