hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle... Clear, deep copper ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The malty nose is full of caramel and gingerbread. Malty, rich flavor. Unbalanced. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Full-bodied and velvety with medium carbonation. Finishes fairly thin and bland. Thanks go out to growler for the bottle!
growler (74) - West Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. clear copper/orage with a thin, wispy tan head. Light, fruity aroma with a hint of spice. Taste can be summed up in one word, sweet. Has a sugery, carmel flavor. Summed up in one word, sweet. Not a bad beer, but a bit too sugery for my taste.
NateDawg1 (1) - Salem, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 9, 2005 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Even though I hate winter, I love this big, clean, malty winter ale. Dark, ruby color with rocky white head. Minimal hoppiness and thankfully, no spices or herbs (I hate spiced beer).
I always look forward to this beer coming out in late autumn.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark copper with a fluffy cream-colored head. Nose: toffee, dark fruits and spices. Taste: burned raspberry jam and spiced apple juice. Smells better than it tastes. Thin-bodied for a Winter beer.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Orangish copper with a little head. Aroma is sweet malt. Taste is medium sweet with a bit of fruit and a little hop. Not bad.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Redbones: I liked it. Alcohol nose, but nice. Medium dark red color, flrothy head. Nice roasted, dark berries taste.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2005 Tap at Redbones: pours dark amber with a creamy beige head. Mild caramel aroma. Flavor seems a bit off, almost vegetal. Mild earthy hop flavor. Decent but something seems off with this.
Bottle: pours clear copper with a smallish tan head. Light aroma of anise. Light flavor of anise. Better than the tap at Redbones.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2005
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
2004 bottle. Rosy peach-orange body. HEAVILY filtered, small light beige head with an aroma of caramelized brown sugar, some very light fruity yeast notes and some dry nutty nuances. Flavor does not work. Wow, this is way too sweet. Scotch ale or no scotch ale, this stuff is sugary, boring, very uncomplex and even artificial tasting. Tastes like it was made out of an extract homebrew kit, watery, syrupy flavors, seemingly very few different malts used (at least I can’t taste much variation). I took one or two sips and poured the rest out.
OldGrowth (2486) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Julio’s. Ok nose, apple,cardboard,carmel,cherry, nutty.NIce clean orangy red color. No head.Sweet bitter flavors Carmel, little cocoa, applecider, little burnt/roasty thing. Medium bodied, creamy/oily mouthfeel, roasted bitter finish. NIcely done from Wachusett. Flavor got better as it warmed.
MartinT (7549) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(1-year-old bottle) : Fondly nourishing tart apple syrup fondling maple syrup and earthy roastiness...This decadently euphoriant perfume harbors definite barley wine qualities but disappoints once tasted in that it doesn’t render the heavy mellowness and serene dessert tones it had promised...Fruitiness within is tired and complexity almost vanishes...I have to return to this in a fresh format just in case the aroma actually carries through...That would be a stunning beer...