IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Pours a deep ruby/brown color, tan head. Lots of malt, plenty of caramel and toffee. Body was a little lighter but was very smooth and seemed to work well with it. Pretty nice. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
this beer is alright, but i believe its quite overrated. nice smell and pour, but the flavor is similar to john courage, new castle, and all those other mainstream beers made in that part of the world. there was certainly nothing peculier, nor for that matter that good. Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Faint malty aroma - toast, caramel, sherry. Flavor has a syrupy sugary taste - don't know if this makes sense, but it tastes like it has sugar added as an adjunct. No hop character whatsoever. Medium body. wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Pours dark ruby with a large tan head. Blackberry and toffee aroma. A dry fruity berry flavor. Very nice mild bitterness and dry aftertaste. A liitle thin in mouthfeel but very nice flavor. SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nørrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 29, 2004
blackberry to the aroma... bitter grapefruity taste... Nice head... but not to impressive to me
heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2004 Very dark and has a small beige head. Lots of malt, molasses and some nuts in the aroma. Slightly sweet flavor. Enough spiciness to make this better than average ales. Also some notes of bread crust. A slightly roasted note. Still, very nice. Very impressive. Padron4KM (811) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Pours dark mahogany with a decent sized tan head, that leaves a good amount of lacing in it's wake.
Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, with a touch of caramel/burnt sugar.
mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery.
flavor is slightly sweet, smokey, roasted malts, with a light spicyness in the backround.
finish was slightly bitter(grapefruit) slightly spicy. (cinnamon and clove)
This beer kind of snuck up on me. The first one didn't Impress me that much, but by middle of the second, I started to warm up to it.
I'd definately buy it again
SiddFinch (156) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2004
Taste is caramel, nuts and molasses. It also has a red wine flavor underneath. A subtle dryness throughout without being bitter. TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2004
Nice medium brown color with a quite nice fluffy tan head that is retained. Nice aroma being predominantly malty. Flavor is OK with decent malt taste initially. The beer just kinda fades into obscurity for the finish. Decent, not compelling. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2004
This was an incredibly tasty and sweet beer. Full bodied malty backbone, with hints of dark fruity sweetness. Lots of nutty, caramel goodness, this is a joy to drink.