Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date, but it's the 2003/2004 batch.
Poured out a deep ruby red, with almost no head at all. Had a thin lacing of foamy bubbles around the edge of the glass, but that's about it. Aromas of caramel malts, some chocolate notes as well.
Some slight fruitiness in the taste, but mostly sweet caramel & spices. Finishes smooth & dry, not cloying or syrupy.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Good beer. Nice chocolate flavor that stays with you the whole beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark ruby with a frothy tan head. Bubbles are a bit big for excellent lacing, but the lacing is still quite nice. Aroma is roasted malt, some smoky aromas also. Spicy aroma also, cinnamon and allspice. Smells like a very nice winter ale. Flavor is very malty, caramel and somewhat smoky. Spiciness is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor as in the aroma. Body is Medium and quite lively. Overall not bad but not great.
mribm (447) - Hurley, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Had a mild roasted / smokey aroma with a medium light tan head. It had a light roasted chocolate flavor, which finished sweet at first and then turned bitter. Seems like something is missing. I think it could use more malt. Not a bad beer, but it was missing the kick in the butt assertiveness that I like in a winter ale.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown ruby color with a small white head. Aroma of chocolate malts. Subtle cocoa flavors. Texture is dry and smooth. Finish is bitter and roasty. Not bad, but just a bit too thin for me.
raymow (775) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice winter beer. Reminded me of a nut-brown ale. Lightly sweet, nice dark reddish color, not much head.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2012 Dark reddish color, with little head and nice lacing. Aroma of malt, nuts, and cobwebs. Malty sweet chocolate flavor, with some spicyness on the background, some fruit found on the front of the tongue.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this on draft at the Taphouse in Norfolk. Dark brown to almost black in color. Light tan head. Smell of hops and malt. Tastes better but nothing overwhelming. Slight chocolate with thin spice character. Probably from the hops. Finishes well with a pleasant aftertaste. Pretty average beer.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
roasted malt, nutty, some chocolate hints very much like a brown ale. I think this one could probably add a little more.
hopscotch (8458) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer rocks!
The aroma contains notes of chocolate, roasted nuts and very rich, creamy malt. Smells much like the imperial stout, only there are more spicey notes infused in this one... such as cinnamon. More hoppy character as well.
Pours dark with a lovely ruby hue. The head diminished too quickly for me to so much as glimpse it. Who cares? The color is so sparkling clear and handsome that it still gets high marks for appearance.
The flavor is perfectly balanced. Malty, but not sweet. Spicey, but not cloyingly so. Well-hopped, but not overbearing. I like this beer a lot!
Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Medium-length, acrid and dry finish. Nice Winter warmer. I recommend it!