Aurelius (5717) - 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. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Bottle, from Halftime. Ok nose, apples,carmel or butterscotch. Reddish orange color, good size head, but I poured it kinda quick, that faded quickly to a lite hazy cover. Bittersweet flavors, a sour bitter thing, figs, apples, dates, little plasticy. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter, non hoppy, finish. Oh that ringwood. Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2005
Pours a cloudy orange/red. Tasted a bit on the florally hoppy side but there were also some definite tastes of figs and raisins. Not a bad beer. I’m definitely keeping the bpttles to display on my bar during the baseball season. MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Bottle - from sampler pack. Pretty good. Doesn’t taste as strong as it says it is, but still pretty rich! DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 27-Jun-05 in trade with jah noth, thanks Dan!) Expecting the usual gusher from Cooperstown, I’m pleasantly surprised that there was only a slight rush of carbonation when I popped the cap. And pouring the beer was easy -- no foamy mess. The aroma is fruity, woody, a bit earthy. Good follow-through in the flavor, as I’m getting plenty of sweet, dark fruits, caramely malts, a bit of molasses, some earthiness, finishing with a hint of smoke on the back end. Bitterness is very mild. Medium-bodied, low to medium carbonation, fairly easy to drink. Orange-amber body is fairly hazy, but the filmy, off-white layer dissipates fairly rapidly. Not a great beer, but quite drinkable and one of the better ones I’ve had from this brewery.
Sregnar35 (1033) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Best cooperstown beer to date. Pours a nice red with a lasting tan ring of a head. Aroma is faint, dark fruit and sweet alcohol. Flavor is similar, caramel, raisins, alcohol, and a nice amount of hops, pretty good. slapknot (8) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007 does not count
The ale was a bright copper in the glass and clear as tree amber. White lacing lingered long after the ale was poured into the glass, suggesting a well preserved, strong bodied ale. Indeed, even a light quaff could detect the noble hops (Fuggle?), but beneath lay tart spice, sweet malt, and hot biscuits. Mouth feel is surprisingly light and smooth for a beer with so much malt (five kinds—I would guess Crystal, Pale, and a Pils were used). A fruity sweetness begins the taste, but the bitters quickly go to work and the mouth puckers, losing what could be a complex taste. Although this is not a style of choice, I have had Pride’s that impressed me for their smoothness despite ABV and hearty filling; this session was a disappointing exception. swoopjones (7019) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Darft @ MrGoodbar GBC. Sweet buttery, malty. Light caramel color. Sweet malts, no biterness. Alcohol well hidden. Best of the Cooperstown offerings bu11zeye (13288) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, candish, peat, and buttered biscuits. Flavor of hops, nuts, toasted oats, and cherry. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Shiny orange-toned amber body with a modest, sudsy off-white head. Aroma is like cinnamon toast. Flavor of tea-like malt, butterscotch and some pleasant warm spice. Moderately sweet and lightly bitter with a medium body and notable diacetyl. Like a strong bitter or winter warmer. This is the best offering that I encountered from this brewery, but I expect even more from a beer that has Pride of MILF in its name.