HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2005
pours deep mahogany, with a thin head, sweet aroma of plums and rasins which carry through in the flavor, rasiny with a balnced bitterness, a very drinkable x-mas ale npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2005
Dark red/brown. Pungent, sweet nose--fruitcake, caramel, grapefruit. Sweet piney flavor with bready malts, creme brulee, and a solid dry bitterness.
Thanks Saarlander! goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 6, 2005
Poured a very dark amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma of sweet malt with dark fruit, mostly raisins. Flavor of dark fruit with a moderate hop bitter finish. Medium bodied and dry. IndianaRed (4615) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 1, 2005
Bottle Pours a deep dark mahogany with a dense light tan head. Rich heavy dark pitted fruit aromas Cherry, plum, apples. Complex. Flavors are dark, woody notes of raisons and a fairly strong alchol taste. Bitterness at the end is more of a tannin sharpness than typical hops. A hefty brew with a full smooth feel. Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Poured a dark amber with a medium off white head. Aroma was of pine-citrus hopps with a bit of malt and spices.. Flavor was heavily hopped up front with a bit of malty sweetness and a pine hoppy finish with some spiciness.
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
This beer has a very sharp hoppy flavor that really hits your tongue with some force. It really reminds me of a pine tree, which is nice in a way since I miss western oregon so much. There is also a slight malt base flavor to it that makes sure this beer isn’t completely bitter. Not to bad a beer from full sail. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Bottle, poured dark amber with a large tan head, with good lacing, very nice, as it settled. Aroma is more fruity and hoppy than I expected. The first taste was an all bitter hops. As it washes over my palate, some balanced malts, then finished with a dry pine-grapefruit lingering after taste. This was quite nice. Thanks to Chris. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 11, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2007 Milky amber ruby pour, with thin off-white head. Quickly diminished. Average lacing. Sweet floral, fruit and candy aromas jump from this beer. Pleasantly nutty, sweet, and tart. Reminiscent of a barleywine that has mellowed. Palate is warming and smacks a little bitter and terse. Not much chewiness. Bland toasted notes are little overwhelming.RERATE. Recently retasted from a bottle at William’s Uptown in Minneapolis. A nice full body replete with nuttiness, warm cream, tawny fruits and great grain sweetness. Leaves with a crisp lemony bite, for a well rounded brew. A appreciated this much more the second time. TChrome (1472) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2005
Pours very dark red amber color with a nice beige colored head. Aroma is piney with some sweet maltiness. Flavor is well balanced with some orange juicy hoppiness and some nice maltiness as well as a good bit of spices. Nice beer. DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Just when you think you’re about to drink another middle of the road winter ale, one pops out of the blue and surprises the hell out of you! This beer pours a deep amberish red color with a thin white foamy head and a nice degree of lacing left on my glass. The aroma almost smells sticky with grass, pine, and heavy doses of malt and citrus. This smells warming...like there’s a malty alcohol presence there..perhaps brown sugar, but you know there’s not. The flavor is sticky and full flavored. Mild carbonation levels, sticky caramel malt mouthfeel. Brown sugar, cotton candy, and sticky citrus dominate the flavor with a bittering contrast in the finish. Twigs and pine cone finish. This was an excellent surprise of a beer..full flavored and warming.