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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 248   ABV: 8.27%
This hearty red-brown ale has a slight smokey aroma of sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt. The flavor is malty, yet very smooth, with a delicate hop finish and a creamy head. Recommended Serving Temperature: 50°F

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 30, 2005
16 oz bottle. Pours a dark ruby, with dried blood hints, medium silky cream head, decaying into a lasting thick ring with a sliver of cover...big plummy/baked cherry essence initially in the nose, caramel and light earthiness to follow....malty, sweet at first in the mouth, warming alcohol shows up quickly, peaty undercurrents halfway through and a touch of stingy hops to go with the brandy-tinted finish. I quite liked this and am surprised the ratings are so low...fruitier and less earthy than is usual, but very pleasant sipping.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Dark ruby mahoganey body. Small creamy tan head. Sweet caramel, slightly hopped and smokey aroma. Also some spicey Burts Bees Bay Rum aftershave balm. Slightly smokey, stale rye-bread-like caramel malt flavor. Hops aren’t too noticable, but leave a slightly bitter trace. Pretty good Sprecher offering overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Aroma was certainly tempting. Heavy malt and roasted aroma, taste didn’t come out that way. Overly sweet carmel taste,with an alcohol bite in the aftertaste. A good attempt , but needs improvement

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Dark reddish tint and a faint peat smell on the nose gave me hope. Far too sweet on the flavor, band aid taste detected, too much carbonation, and again too sweet to really start picking out the specialty malts used.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IndianaRed (3123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle Shared at the "Pitonka mini RB fest" Clear mahogany color witha small off white head. Traces of lacing and a woody and peaty aroma. Medium body and a slight medeciny flavor. Interesting but not aina good way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2005
Bottle: Reddish tint on top of a dark caramel, moderate beige head, frothy, fairly nice lacing.   Slight peat in the nose, but no real charred wood or campfire.   Unfortunately there is quite a bit of band-aid tho.   WOW, not much else on the tongue except even stronger band-aid.   Perhaps there is a slight smoked aspect on the finish, but the band-aid is still too strong.   Body and mouthfeel are both moderate.   This was a dissapointment.   Thanks Facto!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Pours a dark red, off brown color. Small white head. Aroma of caramel, smoke, plums, plastic. Flavor is smoke, plastic and smoked malt. Not my thing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Bottle taste at Pitonka’s tasting
Clear stained oak, light head, nice lacing. Nose of dark soy sauce and A1 sauce. Bright hops, metallic plum. The flavor is sharp but creamy and medium bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2005
This beer was sampled at Pitonkatonks house to celebrate the arrival of Facto, Buck Dich and Indiana Red. This beer pours a clear red to copper color with a small tanned head and a really tiny amount of lacing. The aroms is malty, roasted barley, some alcohol and nuts. The flavor is medium bodied and horribly band-aid like......this was all I remember during this beer was all of us tasting band aid. Tangy, dry, cardboardy finish with a heavy nutty emphasis within the flavor. Some plastic and port wine qualities here too.... this was absolutely not a good amalgamation of ingredients and I am now quite horrified. Damn that aftertaste!!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2005
Copper with ruby highlights. Aroma is initially oxidized with some sour and strange fruit cocktail. Taste isnt that bad though, however its thin bodied. Nice warming alcohol sensation though but those damn off flavors. Wish I could put my finger on what it is.

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