Oakes (18543) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2005
Rich cherrywood colour. Aroma is rich and chewy - earth, toffee, caramel and wood with light fruitcakey notes. A lot of these are volatile and won’t be there ten minutes later, which is a shame because that initial whiff is outstanding. The flavour is brilliantly balanced between bitter, resiny hopping and toffeeish, demerara malts. The combined effect is as fresh, woody and invigourating as a mountain forest in the rain. The finish is long and continues the chewy element. The flavour loses a bit as it warms, believe it or not, as the malts come out more and the balance tilts. Still, an excellent example of the style and a damn fine pint. Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 19, 2005
12 oz bottle. Clear dark amber color with a lasting tan head. Roasty malt and bread dough dominate the aroma. Taste is nutty then becomes nice and roasty then turns malty. Tangy, chewy hops blend this fantastic breer in your mouth. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
GABF 2004 Deep golden/light amber in color with a small white head. aroma of caramel malts,slightly sweet and hoppy. Starts bitter and ends mildly sweet. mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - MAR 6, 2005
deep reddish brown color with a light tan head that quickly dissapates to almost nothing. sweet hoppy aroma with notes of roasted malt. smooth but slightly watery consistency, surprisingly bitter finish. I bought the beer not expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised. flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Nice amber color with a medium tan head. Roasty citrus hops and ash aroma. Nice mild roasty malt, cirtus, and nutty flavors. Dry, fairly bitter finish.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Mahagony color with a medium beige head. The aroma was roasty with some citrusy hops (doesn’t fit.) The flavor was quite roasty, citrusy, nutty, burnt bread. The feel was slightly thin...slightly soft carbonation...semi-dry finish. AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Pours amber with lots of red, light brown head dissipates. Aroma is malt followed by hops. Very earthy, grassy aroma. Flavor is dry and bitter. Nice rich body. Bitterness lingers nicely. Good hoppy burps. igneous1 (1538) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2005
deep amber color, thick beige white head. aroma is quite well balanced between the citrusy hops and caramel-like malts. flavor is mildly fruity, with a slight alcohol bite. hops are slightly grainy in the finish. nice ESB. thanks Mitch! dberger624 (1028) - Voorhees, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2005
Bottled. Beer on th Month Club. This was a little suprise. Was more hoppier that bitter. Malt mixed right in. Well balanced. ricardowess (25) - Sedona, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2005
Didn’t expect much from this one... but was happy to pour a few of these. Reddish - Amber color w/ pumpkin colored head. Roasted malt flavor and some spices match well with a decent hop content and hop aftertaste. Good find.