muzzlehatch (4746) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2001
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice. Solid, flavorful ale with some real complexities in the nose and taste. Bit harsh on the palate, but I love the roasted malt nose, gorgeous ruby color and full, slowly-dissipating head, and coffee/toffee/anise notes in the body. Not worth going cross-country for, but worth trying if in Vermont.
Oakes (15615) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex, flavourful; toffee, dark malts, pralines.