5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a dark brown with major ruby hightlights. Head is pancake dough like, lacing is average. Roasted malts, light bubblegum, and chocolate make up the aroma. Taste is somewhat watery, but has notes of lightly roasted malts & semisweet chocolate. Seems fairly light for a Winter seasonal. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an English Strong Ale. Not bad, but was hoping for a bit more. Appears to be more of a Brown Ale. Thanks goes out to Pabobcat for the trade!
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Weak aroma, dark reddish brown color, some malt flavor but quite weak, little hops, watery, unimpressive offering.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich dark brown with a red tint to it, and almost no head to it. Flavor is intially bitter sweet with a deceent roast flavor and ends with an viscous hop profile
rlgk (16565) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber, almost black. No head. Has a nice malty aroma with milk chocolate. That chocolate dominates the flacor as well, even if there is some bitterness as well.
TAR (2584) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear reddish copper. Thick, caulky light tan head. Interesting aroma with slick, fruity malt accents and suggestions of cherry stem, perfume, plum, and unsweetened chocolate. Quite earthy and sugary with muted wood notes and peach esters. Soft, round mouthfeel. Velvety carbonation. Light leather sensations collide with rounded hop flavors and sugary malts as the subtle fruity esters spring into action. Finishes with fresh bread and roasted chocolate alongside unsweetened chocolate, pleasant fruit notes and a pinch of earthy hops. Their house character is addictive as it tastily lingers with the leather, star anise, and black cherry flavors. What happened to the hop depth? Middle-of-the-road seasonal badly needing more body to carry the delicate flavors.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very different winter ale than what I was expecting. The flavor is full of chocolate and carob, very nice and roasted, with a light spiciness, some dark fruits, figs and raisins. Very nice and easy to drink, could almost pass as an apertif.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a thin beige head that fades as fast as Howard Dean in the New Hampshire Primary. A touch of sweetness tempered by roasty malt goodness. Unsurprisingly, for Weyerbacher, a noticeable amount of bitterness rears its pretty head. The malt is almost coffeeish in flavor, but not like a Speedway Stout. Raisiny along with some pleasant, mild spiciness.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown w/ burgundy hue. Beige head. Sweet, slightly roasty caramelized malt aroma w/ some fresh hops underneath. Medium body. Rich chocolately flavour w/ some roastiness. Dry, moderately hoppy finish.
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark chestnut brown with some red tint. Malty, just a little sweet, caramel, medium bodied. Just OK.
Ron (3395) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2004
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Received one bottle as part of Christmas present. Yeah, it's dark, corbonated and slightly sweet. Then youtaste other overpowering nasty flavors. I do not enjoy coffee or tobacco flavors in my beer.