GT2 (8364) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL. Pours a clear russet amber with a healthy yellow head with nice retention and webby lace. Nose is brown sugar, mild bread and honey. Taste is full and rich with lots of banana bread, sourdough bread, burnt sugar and caramel. Palate is fuller and oily. Very nice.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle). Pours dark amber with tan head. Active carbonation. Aroma has caramel, milk chocolate covered berries, and some biscuit. Taste is sweet malt and little hop bitterness. Thin bodied with slick texture. Smooth finish. Not bad, but I think its too sweet to be sessionable.
TATE (297) - Lubec, Maine, USA - MAY 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is malt and mollasses. The aroma and beginning are similar to all the other Canadian macros with a some extra body. The beginning is a bit metallic. Finishes dry. Very average but what I expected. I see from the bottle that Oland is now owned by AB InBev and brewed in St. Louis. What would Mayor Keith think? Again, very average with nothing to set it apart from other macro brews attempts at craft brew flavor. I wouldn’t go out of my way to find it again but wouldn’t turn one down either.
cheap (4013) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2011 Brand new at a local bottle shop. Pour is definately brown, has a heller kind of aroma. Rather crisp palate with a bit of processed somethin goin on. My bottle says made in st louis; not canada. Comes in average in the alky taste bud impact. Finish can be weirdly bitter, but not over the top. Refeshing but oddly has a few bad lager characteristics aboout itself.
kassner (1349) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Mark. OK as a Brown Ale, not much fragrance, or head, dull cola collor, malty, some nuts, and dried fruits, but nothing special. A fair example
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear dark brown color. Aroma is of malts and molasses. Flavor is of sweeter malts, caramel, toffee, and a little lactic. Leaves a sweeter malt finish. Nothing special.
PorterPounder (5470) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Publix Supermarket - 12 oz bottle. Dark brown pour, off-white head with a wee bit of lacing. Pretty much of a neutral aroma with just a hint of fresh lake water. Flavor has a nice nutty-like sweetness to it that kind of grows on you. Some toffee notes, a bit of baked bread and chocolate. Mouthfeel is just thick enough. Best of the three "Nova Scotia Styles".
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown with a fizzy head that reduces swiftly to a thin ring. Not much on the nose but I can tell it’s beer. Very light with good carbonation. The brew has a mild sweetness to it with a crisp texture. The finish lingers with some sweetness. Nothing offensive.
jb (2175) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at McGregors. Very simple basic brown. A bit of sweetness, a bit of maltiness and nuts. Somewhat thin. Okay but this is not a favorite style.
Strykzone (4910) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark mahogany brownish red with a layer of light tan foam. Fairly complex fruit aroma with some light cocoa. A sugary malty start. Molasses is a prominent taste. If you look real hard some hops can be found. As the beer warms fruit moves more to the forefront and it doesn’t really work with the chocolate. This is drinkable enough but just isn’t quite there.