malrubius (2179) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark clear copper with lasting head and lace. Mild caramel and fruit and slightly metallic aroma, Sweet caramel fruity with medium spicy bitterness. Not really picking up much smoke. Will let it warm up a little... More roasty sweetness. Would be excellent with significant smoke. Medium body. Fairly aggressive carbo. Good.
Imaena (2088) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 21, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Temple w/ new people. Fairly boring beer in a fairly odd bar. Nothing to go looking for.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This tastey winter brew pours a nice cloudy amber colour with a small vanilla coloured head. nutty aroma, with a hint of caramel and cloves. another nice brew from Wachusett.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
amber in color with a small white head. Sweet malt aroma,caramel,toasted malt,vanilla.Malty flavor with a lingering sublte hop character and a clean dry finish.
MrRomero (1976) - 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.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle courtesy of Secret Santa lackenhauser poured into a pint glass.
Pours a dark clear reddish amber with a small head that lingers as a ring for a while and leaves some spotty lacing.
The aroma is subtle but nice, with sweet caramel and toasted malts as a base with some sweet fruits on top, maybe some raisins and figs. The aroma is definitely on the sweeter side of things.
The taste is sweet, but the caramel malts always seem a little subdued with the toasted character and hints of smoke getting into the mix.
The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style with moderate carbonation.
This is a decent enough effort at a wee heavy and very drinkable. However, nothing stands out and its pretty run-of-the-mill overall.
BroSpud (1893) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. This is from a local brewery to me so I have tried most of their offerings. As with their other beers there is nothing special here. Just OK.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Pours a clear amber brown with a pin stripe of white at the top.
Aroma: Faint sweet malts.
Taste: Some dry and caramel like European malts, some slightly burnt toast, modest bitter hopping. Finishes with a little bit of a twang.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and highly carbonated.
Overall: This is a sturdy ale. I haven’t had any other Wachusett beers, so I don’t know where this ranks in their lineup. The beer is good, and a tad warming.
jason (1737) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a nice deep red body with nice head. Aroma is chocolate, spices, smoke. Flavor has all the above that are mentioned plus a sweet side to it. Smooth. Possibly their best.
changeup45 (1724) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Of the two winter beers I sampled tonight, this was far better than the other (Harpoon). Pours a nice amber color with a thick head and quite a bit of lacing. Very flavorful malty taste with lots of brown sugar notes in there. Relatively warming and quite smooth. There’s also some spice, with a slightly bitter finish. Nice.