Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark red-brown, with a thin tan head. Sweet, sugary aroma leads to a rather one-dimensional sweet, sugary body with dark fruit flourishes and nutty hints. Thin-bodied. Comparable to Boulevard Nutcracker or Goose Island Christmas Ale, but falls short of those beers in terms of complexity and character.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark red color with a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malt with some spice. Flavor is quite spicy and malty. Nothing exciting here.
DCopperfields (146) - New York, USA - JAN 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe I am lucky because I am able to taste this off the tap. A little too cold at first to get the aroma, but once the beer warmed a little, I detected hints of coffee, mocha. Apperance was dark brown with red hightlights. and after tasting this beer, I immediatedly thought to myself, "porter." And a nice porter it is. Well carbonated, with a creamy, tan head that stuck around long enough, I particularly was impressed with the mouthfeel. Finish was choclolaty, nice firm roasted malt flavor, and a touch of hop to close it. A very good beer on this cold winter night, warming up at the bar at David Copperfield's.
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 (5965) - 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 (332) - 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