iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 30, 2004
12 oz bottle: reddish copper with a nice off tan head. Sweet tangerine malt aroma and a flavour to match. Some piney bitterness adds a slight depth to the flavour and texture. The balance in this one is the best thing going for it: not overly flavourful or interesting. But drinkable and tasty in its own way. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 16, 2004
Cloudy amber color with big frothy off white head. Malt and dried fruit aroma. First taste was a bit bitter with a bit of malt and figs. The 7.7% is nicely masked. The body is full and rich. The finish is smooth and clean. hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2004
Crystal clear amber ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. The nose is loaded with caramel, butter and toffee... everything malt. The flavor isn't balanced at all. Very malty and sweet. Nice toffee, caramel, dried plum and light smoke notes. Interesting hops. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Bitter-sweet finish. The beer really becomes great when warmed to room temperature. dorfrx (21) - Glenmont, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Excellent color, with nice head when poured. The alcohol grows towards the finish. There was a slight musty flavor, giving a ood impression of the yeast used in brewing. DYCSoccer17 (3691) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 Pours a tranparent amber with a 1.5 cm off-white head with good staying-power. Very pleasant aroma--malts, sweet cherries, honey are noticeable from quite a distance. Lots going on flavorwise. Tastes almost belgian at first with some banana flavor, malty throughout. Smokiness to finish. Roasted malts, cherry hints, banana hints. Hides 7.7% remarkably well. This is a remarkable value at $1.39 a bottle. Did I mention beautiful lacing? If there was a complaint, it would be that it wasn't totally to style. The next time I am strapped for cash and need a quality 6 pack, I will definitely pick this up. Re-rate--this beer just grows on me. It gets better each time. Increased overall from 17 to 18.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Pours a clear red/orange/brown color, beige head, some lace. Aroma is definitely of sweeter malt, some fig. Flavor is malty and sweet, akin to a barleywine, some caramel as well. Medium-full body, alcohol not masked all that well IMO. Quite good though. Aurelius (5295) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
An interesting cross between a bitter and a brown ale. Fruity and sulfury, a little too tannic. OK label, darkish PA coloring. Finish is a bit on the astringent/alcoholic side and overbrewed. PorterPounder (7898) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Pours a dark amber - not unlike a bourbon. Decent off-white head with good lacing. Fruity aroma with a slight alcohol undertone. Slightly acidic flavor with some good malty notes. Has some of the same qualities that English bitters have - Fuggles is apparent. The aftertaste lingers a bit too long - alcohol hidden fairly well. goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Pours clear ruby red, medium tan head that slightly lasts, good lacing, tons of bubbles in the body. Aroma is buttery, fruity, and some caramel. Flavor is slightly fruity, buttery, light caramel. Body is medium, fairly dry. The second bottle I had of this was much warmer than the first, and the flavors and drinkability were much better when warmer (about 60 vs 45 or so for the first bottle). frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2003
Aroma is sweet and buttery full of ringwood yeast character. Dark amber apperance. Sweet malty taste with some hops for balance, slight smoke flavor and a fruity finish with pear and apples coming through.