beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2003
This is an Ok Amber Ale. Light hoppy, grapefruit and light malty flavors. Finishes light, clean, and dry. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2003
(bottled 11/4/03) Crystal clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, toffee, some spice, light earthy and grapefruit. Taste is sweet, toffee, nutty, some seasonal spice, finishing earthy and light grapefruit. Creamy light-medium body. Very pleasant winter warmer. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Red/copper colored with a good sized white head. Light malty aroma, light malty taste. Great smooth mouthfeel. Ends dry and without much flavor guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2003
Clear copper appearance with a small head and moderate lacing. Spicy, toasted malt aroma. Pepper spice taste with a somewhat sweet, medium-bodied flavor. Finishes dry. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - DEC 1, 2003
Body is amber-brown colored with a small, tanned-white head. Smells of winter spices, pine and hops: both flowery fragrant and tangy. Taste begins sweet and spicy with a medium amount of butterscotch malt underneath. The hops hit next with a spicy zing, watering the tongue to a nice bittersweet, grapefruit finish. Aftertaste is bitter hops and some doughiness. Taste buds are treated to an excellent transistion from sweet to bitter. Not sure if this will help anyone, but it reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale mixed with Killian's Amber sweetness . May not sound great but it works here. Give this one a try, it is better than last year's "Winters Ale," which says something because it was also quite good.
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Sparkling clear amber ale with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head. Very good retention and decent lacing.
The aroma is malty with lots of caramel and toffee. Light citrus notes.
The flavor is very well-balanced, but a bit thin. Hopped very nicely. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Lengthy, very dry, then bitter finish. Leaves the mouth feeling parched. JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Bottled 10/29/03, Batch #1444. Dark orange/amber color with a smaller dark cream colored head. Caramel malt and earthy licorice root aromas. I'm not not a licorice fan so my aroma score may be skewed a touch downward. Interesting flavors. I'm having a hard time pining the flavors down. It reminds me of something... Actually this reminds me of honey roasted peanuts. Yep! certainly honey roasted peanut. Rose floral hops fill in the finish. Different, definately different. VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2003
Bottled 11/4/03. Dark amber coloring with a small beige head. Aroma is of malt accented by hops. Exhibits a mild smooth malt flavor accompanied by a mild floral hoppiness. The hops bitterness briefly increases then fades away leaving a dry, light malt aftertaste. Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Deep orange amber hue. Sweet malt nose. Small, sticky beige head. Caramel, biscuity malts, light to medium bodied, finishing wih hops! Wow, this is better than I would expect from these guys. Sticky resinous hops, floral and refreshing. Not too shabby from the guys in Middlebury... jgb9348 (6474) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Dark amber colour with a super dense tan head. Great fragrant aroma of strawberries, caster sugar, caramel, malt and english hops. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong malt flavour perfectly balanced with citrusey and english hops. Aftertaste shows a lot of the complexities as well as a good hop kick. Overall, this was a lot better than expected, and actually one of my favourite offerings from this brewery. Definately worth picking up if you can find it. I bought this twelve ounce bottle (bottled on 04-November-2003 batch #1448) at Beers of the World in Rochester, New York.