Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAY 30, 2005
To my mind built in a lighter weight scotch ale style. No head retention, looks like cola. Not much happening smell wise. Starts off well in the mouth but falls away in the back half. Cola trait is offputting. (Crap note I know!). FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 26, 2005
Dark Reddish orange brown color. Medium sized white foamy head. Big malt and caramel aromatics. Caramel and crystal malt flavors, aligned with a slight toastiness. Finish is slightly ester fruity sweet, with a crispness of residual hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, but very clean and wieldy. maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Draught. Smokey deep, deep amber; could be called red. Nose is sugary malt and syrup. Sickly sweet with traces of biscuit and acetone. Medium bodied, thinner than I expected. Finishes sweet, watery, flabby. Hopless. Overall impression is of cola backwash. Lacks flavor, structure, and balance. They should make people drink this dreck on “fear factor”. Crockett (1117) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Pours clear red/abmer with a thin soapy white head. Aroma of light toffee, cookie malts, and some vegetable nuiances. Some chocolate, wood, brown bread crusts. A Smidgen of brown sugar. Toasty dry finish. Thin. asheft (3082) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2005
Clear brown with a fuzzy, beige cover. Faint, fruity aroma with some raisin/currant and a touch of caramel. Raisiny malt flavour with very subtle hops. Alcoholic banana notes. Some low bittering and a little bit of a spicy bite from the malt(?). Medium body and low carbonation. Clean finish. Nothing remarkable.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - APR 30, 2005
Reddish/brown hue. Sweet caramel on the front with a hop presence on the finish. Malty sweet nose. Pretty good. Slightly slick on the tongue. Definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum. MikeT (76) - Hollis, New Hampshire, USA - APR 29, 2005
Tasting was a draft in Anchorage that had a full amber color and nice thick white head that held. Pleasant aroma and very malty taste with a crisp clean finish. Easily had more than one. Ron (3956) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 29, 2005
I think this was my 1st alt style beer and it took a bottle to get used to it. The 2nd and 3rd bottles were much better. Creamy with good carbonation. Tried while in California. jb (3251) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 24, 2005
Amber color, off white head, spices in aroma. Creamy palate with toasted malt flavor. I very much enjoyed this though I don’t recall what the alt style is supposed to be like. johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - APR 23, 2005
Bottled. Very malty, caramel taste. Rich, creamy finish with almost no aftertaste. Lack of a hoppy finish was disappointing. thought it could have used more depth in the flavor and was a bit sweet.