DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is sweet malt, and a woody presence too. Burgundy, pours a large toffee head. Tastes of chocolate and malt, a nice combo, medium bodied, balanced and having a pleasant bitterness. Very nice offering. Thanks rudolf.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly translucent brown (almost opaque) w/ light brown foam. Hoppy aroma w/ good malt foundation & notes of nuts & light smoke. Medium feel. Flavour of brown sugar, molasses, chocolate & nuts w/ nice hop contrast.
mds (2218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. mahogany body, some yeast sediment. off-white head. hoppy aroma. flavour is sweet malt and perhaps a little bit of chocolate. good balance. another nice one from bear republic
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
POurs a deep brown hue. Dense light tan head, mostly lasting. Molasses, nutty, sweet fruit, roasted grain nose. Definately better with warmth. Sweet caramel and toasted cereal up front, faint vanillin, brown sugar, light to medium body, finishing with subtle hops. Definately drinkable, masks the alcohol well.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first few times I tried this I ended up with infected bottles/kegs. Now that I’ve had a clean version I really enjoy it. Rich mahogony, tan hyead. Chocolate, cocoa, tootsie roll nose. Rich chocolate, toasty roasty end. MMMMmm sweet.
Sammy (8725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grainy, nutty.An average ale, but how many great brown ales are there?. They make better.Courtesy of the Buffalo contingent at Radekfest, review #13 of the great sampling.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Red Coloring with Big Creamy Head. Sweet Malt and Hops Aroma. Grapey...Acidic..Frothy...Almost Kriek Like.
CapFlu (4548) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Bottleworks, Seattle. I do not know if I liked this beer? It was not to style and it was not malty. It poured a deep brown body beneath a small, frothy almond head. The nose had traces of coffee and sour milk. The flavour however was more hoppy than malted - which confuses? The finish in the palate had a re-appearance of the sour milk and coffee along with smoked chocolate flavours; reminding me of a mild sample of Scotch Irish Entire Butt Porter.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dep brown colour with lots of stuff at the bottom of the glass. aroma of chocolate, cinnamon, dried fruit and a whiff of smoke. starts sweet and malty and has an interesting sour raisin note. some caramel and nuts in the finish. nice
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2005
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was almost a perfect brown ale, approaching the excellance of Bell’s Best Brown. Same subtle nutty, chocolate flavors. Big rocky head and perfect nut-chocolate aroma. Nothing overdone. Unfortunately, my sample had an unmistakeable sour streak running through it, with acidity which was sometimes harsh like vomit. Perhaps this was just an old bottle. Otherwise, beautiful stuff.