krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep cola and tobacco spittle umber pour; direct lighting forces confessions of flinty crimsons along the outermost edges. head is retiring and a slightly more pale and alluring version of the biege associated with old computers. sweet orange-scented malts abound in the aroma--tho the alcohol too clamours for recognition. subtle plum, chocolate, dried flowers and-- never mind what it smells like-- it's begging to be quaffed. carbonation is lively and hops are upfront immediately, leaving the malts to speak more slowly and less dramatically. light to medium body, sweet coffee and hints of orange and ginger bread. bitterness returns again to take it out with a deminishing reprise...
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours brown and almost opaque, with dark amber highlights when held to the light and sporting a nice off-white head. Aroma is dark roasted malts and hints of spice. Flavor is porter-like, full and rich roasted malts, coffee bitterness and a slightly spicy finish. Medium body and slow rising carbonation give this a nice mouthfeel. Thanks to Dan for this east coast treat.
Braudog (5938) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red with a thin toffee head. Heavy flavor on an average-bodied beer. Candy-nut and roasty, but relatively inactive.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mostly brown in color with a hint of deep red. Aroma is of malts, mostly earthy, some fruity. Extremely carbonated. I'm having a hard time trying to find the flavor because the carbonation is overwhelming. Some roastiness and gets a little roastier as it warms. Finish is ok. Pretty much a bust.
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
very thin and watery, garnet color but pretty transparent. a little roastiness and a too quick dry finish, tastes like a watered down dry stout.
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of chocolate graham crackers. Flavor of tea and soft chocolate malt. Palate is very thin and watery which detracts greatly from an otherwise nice beer.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep ruby color, medium tan head. Sweet malt aroma, some chocolate. Flavor was toasty and sweet up front with a touch of pine in the dry finish. Decent
Darkover (1522) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark ruby color with a big beige head. Weak chocolate and caramel aroma. Flavor of sweet malt, a touch of chocolate and some bitterness. Finish is pretty dry.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a darker brown with a moderate light tan head. Dry aroma of light chocolate and caramel with some wintergreen. Body is lightly sweet, semi-bitter and chocolatey more toward the finish, but very dry throughout. This could use a nice silky texture to it and some more balance.
argo0 (11822) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear, dark red brown with small medium tan head. Aroma is medium sweet, raisin. Taste is medium sweet, watery raisin, some cardemom, somewhat astringent. Medium body, some stickiness.