Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 5, 2005
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Cloudy reddish pour, decent head. Very little nose with a malt and slightly chemicaly odor. Flavor is, um, crappy. Skunky flavor, when you GET flavor. Some malt in there somewhere. Watery body. Poor. I finished it, but barely.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 14, 2005
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Couleur brune rouille, apparence trouble, faible mousse blanche concassée. Arômes de beurre et de malt brûlé sous une forte et déplaisante signature de levure. Extrême présence de levure en bouche sur des flaveurs de grains hautement torréfiée, voir même de brûlé, de cire à crayon et de vernis. Finale encore une fois levurée et vinaigré ne semblant pas propre du tout. Une impressionnante collection de défauts de brassage.
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Just an average red. Pours a good, average, cloudy red. Nose and mouth of a little malt and a little hops, but not an American hop taste and not much malt. Not much sweetness, not much complexity. Small beer, literally.
3daddict (139) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 3, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer poured nicley with a smallish head and a malty aroma. Drinking brings out sweet citrus and malt but the mouthfeel falls flat and dry, bordering on skunk. You are left with a bitter, sour aftertaste. Not to my liking.
rederic (3250) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber-orange hue, with a shy head, grainy, cereals, nutty, malty aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate, with a fruity, vinous note, malty, leading to an acidic finish. Not a pleasant one to drink.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Small head, red color. Malty but has average red flavor. Nothing spectacular but a solid effort. Can taste caramel but aftertaste is a bit thin and watery. Hops are there but not more than just noticeable.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 25, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12 oz bottle, obtained in trade with Eyedrinkale, thanks Mike!) Upon pouring this beer, I was greeted by a slightly sour aroma, and given the rash of infected beers I’ve had lately, I was pissed. But the flavor shows no significant signs of spoilage, so I guess the nose is just on the sour side. The flavor is pretty simple, somewhat malty and lightly roasty, caramely but only mildly sweet, and moderately bitter. As stated, it’s not sour tasting, but breathing in though the mouth while taking a sip yields a slightly sour sensation. It’s fairly well balanced, but the overall flavor is kind of wimpy and isn’t especially enjoyable either. The body is a problem, being pretty thin and watery for the style, on par with the body of some lighter styles. Cloudy, with many small particles suspended in the beer. Deep amber color. Light tan head isn’t very impressive on the pour, but does manage to show pretty good retention, holding a thin layer throughout the session. Only a few streaks of lace are left on the glass, however.
Lubiere (12285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber red ale with a fungal soil aroma. Smooth malts with very little hops detected, some nuts and diacetyl. Oily mouthfeel. So-so beer. On tap at American Flatbread, Burlington VT.
Suttree (5856) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Just a tiney bit cloudy reddish copper with a thin tan head. citrusy toffee aroma. Starts slighty sweet, with hints of toffee and maybe caramel. Finishes with a mild citrus note.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 A great beer to grab after a day on the slopes in the Northeast Kingdom. Great chilled, I always bring back a case or 2 when coming back from skiing.