CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2003 2003 Sampled on 11/4/03, (8,4,8,4,15):
Pours a rich dark brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma is nicely spiced with ginger, chocolate, sea salt and orange peel. Pleasantly crisp and complex with plenty of malt to back it up. This is probably my favorite Sweetwater beer. This year's version seems a tad better than last year's and should improve with age.
2002 Sampled on 3/18/03,(7/4/8/4/15) 3.8 total:
Deep murky brown with a creamy head. Aroma is sweet and smokey with some spice. Interesting complex body with hints of ginger, nutmeg, and lots of malt. Good hop balance. Body is slightly over-carbonated, but still smooth. This is a very unique beer with a faint, yet warm chocolatey finish.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Brewbandit for this bottle. Not a bad seasonal. Had better however. This one didn't have enough spice for me. Malt is all I tasted. Looked and poured good.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Malty sweet aroma with a spicy tone to it...a little alcohol. The flavor was sweet for sure...lots of malty goodness...chocolate...caramel...a little alcohol. There was no head on mine. The color was a brownish/purple. Crisp finish.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had from bottle on February 14, 2003
Pours with a nice dark brown color with a hint of red. Aroma is quite spicy, as to be expected from a Festive with a hint of malts. Flavor was interesting, with a bit of cinammon/chocolate? Aftertaste was nothign special - a bit strong, but not overdone.
MartinT (7288) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 15, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Rusty Dagger was finally arrested last night for attempted palate murder as he was slicing up the defenceless upper palate and tongue of an innocent passerby...Quaffable merriment was cancelled, very sweet chocolate and strawberry jam stood by firmly, but passive...Have I been spiceswept or really assailed?
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark coloring, tight carbonation, full mouthfeel. Quite malty. Did not get all the spice because of maltiness. Presence of alcohol sensed.
igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2002...color is a very dark brown, similar to prune juice. head is quite a creamy almond-colored treat with big bubbles. aroma is some spice and brown sugar. i also get just the tiniest scent of industrial plastics. flavor is slightly chocolatey malt with a sweet, slight syrupy feel in the mouth. definitely a bit of alcohol present as well...quite curious what the ABV of this one is. tasty....thanks to aracauna!
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 18, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark copper color with a white head. Malty aroma: caramel, apple cider, bread dough, maple, and brown sugar. Semi-sweet flavor with a muddled bitterness at the back of my tongue. Seems to be missing something in the flavor/mouthfeel area, not quite watery though.
Aurelius (3717) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2003 Bottle #2094, split with PorterPounder. Flavor is reminiscent of Jaegermeister. Can't give this anything less than a 5 on appearance -- cola brown with khaki head, liter Belgian-style bottle (eminently suitable for homebrew) with one of them wire/stopper gizmos and a red wax seal. Nose was olivine and alcohol. Medium bodied, alcoholic (my guess -- 9%) and it really starts to be yer buddy after 2 glasses.
PorterPounder (4931) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2006 Rerate Had on tap this time at Moon River in Savannah. Still very good and flavorful with vegetable accents and some licorice notes. Good spicy notes and thickish mouthfeel are what sets ths one apart. Original 4.1 Enjoyed this with Aurelius - bottle #2094 for those counting! Odd aroma - not unpleasant just hard to place - kind of like ripening vegetables. Nice, deep, dark tobacco-juice like appearance with a thin but long-lasting lacing head. Odd, hard to describe flavor - conjures up many spices and vegetables - but cannot place my finger on it. "Significant" ABV is hidden well and does not deter from the taste. Good holiday offering from Sweetwater that is impressing me more and more.