StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Labeled as Brew Kettle Holiday Spiced Ale - bomber from the brewery, December 2005. Translucent amber bronze in color with an icy grey enclave forming a sheaf for the head. Spiced is right. Green cardamom and nutmeg waft up the nose, followed by applewood, cinnamon and ginger root attacking prophetically as well. Cleansing cotton proclamations are ringing post eminently. Pine chips, mildew and morning glory bridge the nose to mouth. Ginger grahams and spiced ginger apple chews liven the amber based body. Cardamom and cotten-esque traits lay down cola and caramel popcorn apathy, sprinkled with nutmeg for additional spice emphasis. Mulled spicing; in fact, all I think, all I feel, is spice. Subtly carbonated, mild-mannered body, and a pumpkin bread crossed with glazed gingerbread cookie flavored finish.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the pub, 12/3/05. They were guessing that this version was 9.0%, but still served in a generous pint glass. Honey and spices in the aroma (ginger/cinnamon). Taste was moderately thick with a strong honey sweetness competing with the spice and woody hops; some nice bitter orange peel flavors too.
presario (4428) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SS Kujo9 sent me a bottle (thank you) although my bottle doesnít say Redneck and has a picture of a fireplace rather than a bird. The label states that it is brewed with cinnamon, honey and orange peel. Colour is orange-amber. Thick head that sinks down quickly. Large honey starting aroma steps back to let the vanilla through while a gentle orange scent plays hide and seek. Not as carbonated as Kujo9ís draft version., maybe they took his advice. Medium bodied with a trace of honey-syrup. Spices are very restrained playing hop scotch on the tongue. Light fruit and vanilla flavours predominate creating a refreshing drink.
aracauna (2925) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought this bottle at the brewery. Pours a clear, dark ruby brown with a good-size too dark for off-white, too light for khaki head. The aroma is heavily spiced with cinnamon, maybe nutmeg and some clove. Luckily, this is backed up by enough malt to not quite be overpowering. The spice is equally strong in the flavor, but again the malt (brown sugar and spice cake, honey) helps keep the spices in check, almost. Could benefit from some aging to mellow the spices, but still great for style.
kujo9 (1090) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap @ RN, ABV not listed: Chestnut brown body w/ a lasting light beige head. Malty w/ some light ginger & cinnamon; light alcohol nose along with some honey aromas as it warms. Hints of lemony citrus hops at the very finish of the nose. Well balanced, malty w/ bready & caramel flavors; some light honey notes, medium fruitiness, apple &A verry light raisin (possible from alcohol). Semi dry finish, clean malt & lightly roasty aftertaste. Also has a lightly tart tang!! Dryer m/f, higher carbonation, lightly prickly & medium bodied. ABV was not listed, but the mouthfeel is warming so itís there! Very good beer, but they really need to turn the CO2 down on this one. Carbonation takes away from the spicy flavors that are in the beer and a lot of the smoothness that this could have.