MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Any first impressions?
-A thin slice of foam hugs the glass around the orangey red.
-Fruity beans and roasted maltiness donít necessarily harmonize in the nose.
-Fruity vanilla sweetness and those beans once again bother the sip.
-An incongruous, slick maltiness remains drinkable.
What if you dig deeper?
-Alcohol nudges the back of the tongue.
-Cherry fruitiness staggers within.
-A feeble old ale which either has some intrinsic problems, or which severely paled in comparison to the Southampton 10th Anniversary Old Ale which he had just before. 2.7/5
Bottle from the brewery.
Another bomber, aged over 6 months, revealed a much more cohesive flavor, and no unpleasantries. Dark fruit and vanilla formed a very drinkable flavor profile, and maltiness created a chewy mouthfeel. A pleasant and quaffable pint of old ale. 3.3/5
Lubiere (11160) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2006
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Red cognac ale with a thin white head. Aroma of boiled beans and foonf! In mouth, a bland malt with no hops, chlorine. Not very good...infected bottle? Enjoyed with the Mtl Crew Sept. 9, 2006.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle via trade with porterhouse! - Thanks Kevin! - Pours ruby/brown and somewhat sparkling with a nice tan foamy head that stays only briefly. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, a touch of smoke, some a bit of maple. Flavor is lots of caramel, some candi sugar, smoke, maple, earthy notes. Good and malty.. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation and a sweet lingering aftertaste. Pretty tasty brew..
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a crystal clear brown with a malty aroma. Caramel and brown sugar maltiness with a touch of banana esters. Pretty tasty.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with an off white head. Smells of hazelnut, maple and sweet caramel with some smoke. The flavor is light and sweet but has a strong finish. It is very smooth and finishes clean with a slightly nutty aftertaste.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep mahogany brown tone with a little head that disipates over the course of the experiance. Aroma is sweet malty with caramel and sugars present with a little cidery scent. Palate is super smooth, really great in that aspect. Very dry finish. Itís a good beer for a malthead (do they exist?) personally Iíd like to see a more daring beer for a 15 annivsary of a great brewer but no dice. Itís an atlantic original, tastes nothing like their other brews and itís pretty good. Good luck finding this one in a few months :)
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22 oz. bottle from the brewery) Pours a deep copper with about 2" of biscuit head that recedes to about 1/8". Nose is light caramel and hint of soft vanilla. Mouthfeel smooth, lightly prickly, a touch sticky at finish. Spotty bits of lacing. Flavor is mildly caramel maybe some very small hints of brown sugar and vanilla. More malty than hoppy. Flavor is quite mild. Mild bitterness in finish. Alcohol well-hidden. Pretty good overall but flavor is pretty timid.