mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Suprisingly found this on tap at Fall Creek, a nice little restaurant in the culinary wasteland that is Hastings, Michigan. Dark reddish-brown color. Large off-white head. Malty aroma. Firm bitterness with noble hop flavor. Very clean. Slightly metallic. Medium-to-full bodied. A nice beer that’s great considering it’s on tap in Hastings!
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color with minimal head. This beer is somewhat light for a winter brew but it does have a good flavor to compensate for the lack of "bigness." The aroma is not strong but blends smoothly into the flavor as you take a sip. The flavor is hoppy, with the malt undertones rolling in behind it to finish off the taste. Very slightly dry but still quenching. A good balance between hop and winter warmer maltiness.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2003 Release 2003
As it sets in the glass an unclouded deep mahogany with the head portly in size, a winsome light tan color and the texture semi-creamy with oodles of lace to cover the glass. Nose is malt sweet, hints of spices, cinnamon and vanilla come to mind, start is ambrosial with a pleasing malt profile, top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish delectable in its carbonation with the hops subdued and pleasant, quite dry aftertaste that leaves a bit of tartness on the palate, a very drinkable beer, surely not the best “Winter beer”, but one that is quite refreshing and dependable in its quality which means a lot to me.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2003 Nice floral aroma, slight hop presence with pineish notes. Dark brown with good lacing. Nice sweet bitterness and balance, very smooth.
Aubrey (3443) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet, candy-coated roasted-nut nose. Amber-brown with a reddish hue. Fading head, but some lingering lace patterns. Medium- to full-bodied and rich. Moderate carbonation. Gently roasty and toasty with a soft sweetness. Some bitter hops and burnt toast complement nicely. 7% is hidden well, but this beer is still cozy.
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper body with medium, light-tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel tinged with nice spiciness and perhaps banana. Sweet maltiness is dominant, also some floral hoppiness. Minimally bitter in the swallow and aftertaste, but even then there’s more sweetness than bitterness. I’m missing the roastiness that’s supposed to be here.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting malt...banana and roasted nut. Almost no hop presence and extremely sweet. Finish is kind of weak as the malt rolls off the tongue and your left with little more than a lingering taste of candy sugar. Not very impressionable, and there are some unidentified flavors (some bitter) that are kind of confusing, though not necessarily appealing.
Crit (3358) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 Lt brown, lasting beige head. Intense bead.Dry malt nose. Good malt profile with medium strength lingering hop ending. Mild alcohol heat
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2003 Both roasty and sweet malts detectible in the aroma, as well as a faint hoppy tang...Color is a fine orange-amber with medium head and ringed lace...Flavor features a moderately malty front, both roasty and sweet, followed by a healthy hop top-end...Carbonation is moderate; the finish is pleasanatly hoppy/spicy, with a slightly tangy aftertaste...Body is moderate and the balance is quite good---I like the way the flavor components seem to separate from one another and are clearly discerbible...This is not the ultimate in smoothness and richness, but compensates with a lively character and good flavor...Re-Rate 3/18/03: Aroma less prominent this time around, but no demerits...again, the clear division between malt and hop layers define this brew...good flavor, but lacks some richness...
weusebio (69) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
wonderful smell and look to it. goes down pretty easy but with a little bit of a bite. wonderful beer to keep you warm all winter long.