Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2005
By remarkably balanced I believe they mean "over-hopped." Its not the content of hops (i.e. Devil Dancer "over-hops" and does well), but here the hops come off unbalanced. There’s some spice and heat here, accentuated by my having some post-rating with a red sauce and fresh herbs from the garden. Unfortunately, a lot of the complexity is lost to the hops. They’ve done well with their porter, stout, and dortmunder, but this disappointed me. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 1, 2005
A spicey floral aroma is present and the color is a medium golden brown. The taste of hops is present from the beginning and remains so throughout. ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 31, 2005
I’ve been keeping an eye out for this one for years. Scored the last two bottles a few weeks ago at Viking premium beverage on King Ave in Columbus. Pours a medium clear copper. The tall off white head is creamy with fair lace. The nose has primarily hop notes of spice, spruce, and resin, with a hint of lilac. The flavor starts with a blast of hop bitterness right from the get-go. Maintains the status quo through to the finish which adds a touch of alcoholic presence. The body is medium creamy and soft, but has a slightly "loose" feel. Not bad, but didn’t meet my expectations. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2005
Copper body with a velvety off-white head and good lacing. Strong woody hop aroma plus caramel and brown sugar. Sweet crystal malt flavor with nice toasty notes and balancing woody/earthy hop character with partly drying bitterness. Medium-full body. A solid stock ale. Thanks Erway.
Dorwart (2589) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Large light orange head of fine bubbles. Dense and creamy on top. Light carbonation. Sweet and malty aroma with a hint of alcohol. Nothing very distinctive. Maybe a little bit of hops. Color is a bright orange. Strong bitterness that is balanced very well with the sweet malts. Plentiful hops! Some alcohol that imparts a nice warming. Little dry citrus in the flavor with a pretty sharp bitterness at the finish. Long and dry and makes the mouth pucker. Alcohol shows up at the finish also. Aroma a little weak in my bottle but the flavor makes up for it big time.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2005
This baby poured red, just like they said. Tan creamy head on a clear red body. Very good lacing, Head stayed till the bitter-sweet-sad end. Malt nose, with dark fruits, then lemon-citrus. Caramel and orange. Wow, big hops here, once past that, caramel, and sweet citrus fruits. Followed by a bit more pine lemon hops. I really like this. Bit of a bitter dry finish, mouth watering for more. I WANT MORE! CHEERS TO OHIODAD! brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 2nd rating,much different then the first one I had,much more hop intense,but with enough malt backing tht its not quite an IPA. Bumped it up about 5 points frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Rounding out a hat-trick of 3 deliciously-evil beers (including Avery the Beast and Old Rasputin RIS) comes Nosferatu. Pouring a clear, reddish-copper with a large, creamy, buttery-yellowish head, the appearance rates a 4. (The awesome label art of the Max Schreck version of the monster bumps it to a 5.) Heavy caramel malts mingled with sweet orange citric hops... sometimes distinct, othertimes blending to form an aroma of spiced orange taffy. Despite an initial sharpness (a "bite", if you will), the flavor was remarkably balanced. Thick & sweet malted flavors alongside a moderate, lingering citrus bitterness. Dry and creamy with light alcohol in the finish. Terrorific.
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2005
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GTM. Not much of an aroma. Slight hoppy bitterness. Clear amber, no bubbles. Reasonably lasting, light tan head. Nice color and lace. Rich, sweetness, alcohol. Takes a second to get used to this after Edmund Fitzgerald. A little on the cloying side. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Pours a transparent reddish brown with a thin head that fades. Aroma is of roasted nuts, brown sugar, slight coffee, and a slight caramel with a nice fruit/citrusy hoppiness just underneath. Flavor is of roast nuts, caramel, citrusy and fruity hops. Thin body, watery palate. Very nice beer but its a bit to thin.