jazz88 (2675) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Tap. A brown ruby color. Malty and a little cherry and dark fruit flavors. Vineous. KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2002
Nice, light aroma---malty sweet and estery, pleasantly medicinal...Color is a rich ruby-brown with a thin but busy head---trace fingers of lace...Flavor is a most interesting blend of sweet malts with burnt undertones, subtle bitter hoppy top-end and light spicy-dry finish that gently coats the tongue...Carbonation suitably light as well...Body is medium-full and nicely rounded...The sweet and bitter elements here contradict one another effectively, and its fullness and lively mouthfeel make this a very enjoyable offering indeed. Turbotommy (32) - Westlake Village, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
This beer was fairly good -- A little heavy with a slight spicy flavor. I feel like it has the pefect amount of hoppy bitterness. herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Great dark burnt sienna color. Solid lacey head. Spicy flavor but could be heartier. Strong aroma when opening the bottle but fades quickly. Sort of weak aftertaste. schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Low head, reddish-amber in color. Malty, peaty aroma like a scotch/strong ale. Smooth malt flavor with a spicy hop profile. Light carbonation that tingles down the sides of the tongue. The flavor rounds out well with the aroma making an interesting and well buil beer.
hopscotch (11043) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
It’s been over a year since I tried this beer. I really enjoyed it, but the commercial description will have to do. If you like other winter warmers / American strong ales that i have rated highly, this one won’t dissapoint you. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Rerate - 2005 vintage. This Ale pours a deep brown color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malts and some earthy hoppiness. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. Malts are caramel and sweet with a touch of fruitiness. Seems to some seasonal spices like nutmeg and cinnamon as well. Hops are piney and earthy. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Hides the 7% alcohol well. Nice beer, very typical of the winter seasonals. It is fruity and sweet with just enough hops to balance each other out. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2002
long lasting alcohol/hop bite. a little sidenote, I was forced to use Ben’s word for my aroma rating due to a stuffed up nose AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 25, 2002
I liked this quite a bit. Dark reddish-brown appearance, tan head that mellows down to a thin layer. Rich smell, prominent caramel, a little bit of fruitiness, some sourness. Nice sweet malt in the taste that somewhat reminds me of a Celebrator Dopplebock. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Warm finish, excellent!