DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fruity, hoppy and malty nose. Orange/amber, tight finger of vanilla foam, fine lace. Flavours are oranges, hops, malt and red grapefruit. Wonderfully balanced, bitter, woody, citrus aftertaste, medium bodied, resiny almost crispy. Fabulous! Thanks again to Michael Robis of Chester’s in Hamilton!
Jacko (7) - ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2004 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. Wonderful rich brew with plenty of malt and a fair hopping. I would drink again.
IslandHaole (1229) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A clear orange color with a foamy off-white head. Hops in the nose..strong, yes...but not as assertive as the American Ales. Nice balance to it both in the nose and the taste too. A nice ale for certain.
bb (8884) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber color with a big foamy head. Light herbal hop aroma with a little sweet malt - not that powerful. Thick rich flavor. This isn’t a watered down beer. Nice hops (citrus, spicey), good malt backing, nice bitterness, fruity. In other words - very well balanced with a good rich/full mouthfeel. Gives a lingering bitterness. Much better than what I was expecting.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Best By 1/April/2005)Filtered 12oz bottle. Mild spicy nose. Clear amber body with a nice bead. Mostly malty with a subtle hoppiness towards the end of the palate. The bottle conditioned version is much better.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear medium brown-amber color, nicely formed head. Aroma is hoppy, some sweet malt. Malt character is caramel & toffee, some nuttiness in there and then the hops finish is quite bitter, which I don’t really mind. This was good but could have used more complexity IMO.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Intriguing aroma of malt, hops and spices. Medium hops bitterness with a malt flavor.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and slightly cloudy color, no head. Strongly sweat and caramel malt, hops come up comfortably bitter. Leaves fine and bitter aftertaste, although some extra carbonation can be noticed.
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lime, gin, slightly hoppy aroma, thin white head, clear amber color, smooth mouth feel, slightly hoppy barley malt flavor, citrus and alcohol are present, gary coleman's hiding in the closet, lime bitter finish, I like the celebration in the background of the bottle, I agree bottle, today is a good day to celebrate.
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the Abbaye. Great happy hour pint. A bit on the sweet side and a strong caramel (toffee?) finish.