StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
Semi-translucent and brownish-copper in color with a creamy white head and sticky lacing as we go. Sweet liquefied brown sugar over honey roasted nuts come calling in the aroma, along with whole wheat brown bread, and a touch of nutmeg spice, mild pumpernickel and rye traits. Flavor is a touch lucid, projecting spicy bitters. Rye and peppered grain. Nutty composites with spicy hops. Medium-bodied, titillating with natural bitters serving for carbonation. Finish is entirely hop harmony. Well done. Tmoney99 (14864) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Darft at Arbor Brewing. Dark red color with medium head that diminished slowly. Good complex aroma malt, citrus and sweet tone. Light to medium body with smooth texture. Above average flavor with a well balanced medium finish. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Sampled on draught @ Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Burgundy color. Fresh, citrusy, grapefruit hop aroma with hints of caramel and roasted malts. Complex roasted malt flavor with toasty tones and a fresh, crisp floral cascade flavor. Great texture, intensifying and melding all the flavors. Like most of Arbor’s stuff tonight, this was impressive. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Roasted malt, caramel, coffee aroma. Nice darl red hues. A little thin in body. Butterscotch. Not bad. Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Tap: dark red amber with decent head. Initial sweet taste fades to bitter almost immediately. Little rough around the edges.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Tap. Red amber in color. Whitish head with some lacing. Fair malt and hop in aroma. Sweet caramel and citric hop. Fairly well balanced, perhaps a little heavy on the hop side. Very noticeable grapefruity finish. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
On tap: Light malt and hop aroma. Hazy amber with a white head. Kind of nutty with a hop finish. A little watery, blanc, and boring. AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2005
A little watery. A definite PNW mouthfeel, as far hoppiness goes. Initially sweet, but a definite lead in to hoppy bitterness. muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Sample at the brewpub. Dark muddy reddish brown, like drying blood...sour cherry-licorice nose is subtle and balanced sweet-tart...roasty, dry initial flavor profile with some background earthy pungent hops...very woody/fruity later, cherries and various berries...wet finish. Lovely. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Tap sample: Clear caramel color with thin rim of bubbles. Caramel dominates the nose, reminded me of caramel candies. Once it warms I can get a hint of the dry hopping, but even then just barely. The hops is prevailant at the finish, making a bitter kiss at the finish. Yum!