footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from the Blue Max. Most of their beers hava a much larger hop blast and this was a major let down. Virtually no flavor at all. I did get a bit of toffee and a bit of what could have been dark fruit. A bummer for sure.
islay (1125) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 20th Anniversary (2006) bottle. This beer has a strong, sweet, floral aroma that is quite pleasing. It pours a lovely dark brown, with a classic beige/tan head. The flavor is bitter and coffee-like, with just the right touch of sweetness. There is a good but not particularly strong aftertaste. It is clean and crisp going down the throat, more like a lager than an ale. This beer improves upon multiple tastings. It isn’t utterly spectacular, but it is another very nice production by a reliable Minnesota brewery. Re-rated after tasting on tap. Flavor dropped from 8 to 7.
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Tan head that my girlfriend described as looking like lake foam. Dark amber color. Very malty aroma. The taste could have stood more complexity, heavy on the raisin and malt flavors with some citus mixed in. Liked the level of hops at the end. Finish was long and wonderful, and the body on this beer full, and for me these factors helped compensate for a somewhat uneventful taste.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of roasted malt with citrusy hops in the background. Nice mouth feel, flavor seems subdued.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a large tan head. The aroma is strong molasses and nutmeg. The flavor is roasty malts, molasses, hints of dry chocolate and nutmeg. The finish is long and mildly bitter. Tasty.
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours a brownish black with a small head. Good carmel malt doughy and toasted but citrusy aroma. Bready flavors are dominant, medium bodied, carmel and toffee contrasted with a citrussy hops and spices. Surpisingly tasty.
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This ok but too biter for me. I found it a little hard to drink though I liked its coffee notes. Just too hoppy.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown with inner ruby hints, contrasted nicely by stark white head. I love this color combo more than almost anything, for some reason. Smooth mouthfeel, somewhat light body. Toasty with only a hint of a wintery dark fruitiness and spices.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
light brown with a tan head. not too much in the aroma. slightly roasty toast aroma. flavor is a bit weak. mostly sweet roasted malt. body seems a bit light and the finish is slightly watery. not a horrible beer but nothing great.
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a dark tan head that holds for awhile. The aroma is rich malt with caramel and citrus. The body is heavy with a sweet rich flavor that lingers. The finish is a bit sour, when the sweetness finally fades.