wlajwl (5686) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good malt complexity yet still not too unbalanced, a pretty good American Winter Warmer.
JK (5665) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 The best thing about this beer is the color; black with some red. Mild aroma of hops. Uninteresting flavor of a standard bitter with a poorly done sweet malt in the finish. There is no way this should be called an English Strong Ale.----Rerate April 2011. This beer has improved considerably. Still a black beer, but now there are good aromas of roasted malt and a fair amount of hops. I would probably call it a porter, but the palate, aroma, and flavor are now much better than they were a few years ago. score increased.
thedm (5614) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that left behind a semi-transparent dark brown colored softly carbonated body and a fair lace. The aroma was mildy vinuous and contained malt and hop notes. The mouthfeel was mildly tingly and had a slight hop tingle in the finish. It also had a smooth brown beer like flavor with notes of caramel and chocolate.
JPDIPSO (5588) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich mohagany color with a lid of shiny light tan bubbles. Sweet mid roasted malts dominate the nose. Mild toasted malts with a light sweetness. Finish has a light bite of spice and alcohol. Smooth on the palate.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pouring deep mahogany with a thin tan head, this has a deep roasted aroma with chocolate and nuts and coffee and spices. It’s a bit thing and watery in the mouth. The thusly weakened flavor still has plenty of roasted malts to enjoy along with bittersweet chocolate and some mild hopping on the finish. Odd ale.
kaser (5567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Annee pour from draft at Nisie lounge. White head. A little warm. Carmel, earthy, malts. Decent but wouldn't get it again.
EithCubes (5555) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose deep in dark caramel and toffee, very earthy, brown malt with wood and faint spice. Pours beautiful mahogany brown with an ephemeral tan head. Carbonation firm in the medium body, light tang and bitterness, some smoky/ashen character in with the nutty and fudgy/earthy malts. Lightly sweet with a faintly herbal touch, and there’s a great balance struck here between all the elements.
Skyview (5543) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
From 12 oz bottle, pours a clear dark brown brew with a medium sized light brown head. Fair lacing, Aroma of barley malt, smokey maple, vanilla and spicy hops. Taste sweet smoothness with a hint of nutty fruit and bread. Clean finish with a slight chocolate aftertaste.
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper brown with a creamy off white head. Malty caramel and roasted grain aroma and taste. Meh.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark tawny brown color with tan creamy head and nice lacing. Light pine and hop aroma, lightly earthy. Flavor is sweet and malty, rich and fruity. Finishes creamy and lightly zesty. A decent winter seasonal.