Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown with an honest light brown foamy head. It smells exactly what it pretends to be, a good scotch ale deep malt profile with a bit of alcohol and hop hints. While they definitely don’y seem agressive in the aroma, they become much more expressive once you venture toward a sip and attack with pin grapefruit flavors. Unlike many others though, they’re really just a complement here and are well integrated with the toffee and caramel malt. It’s not particularly complex, but drinks easily and didn’t appear shy after 10 barley wines or so. Rather assertive fullness with medium fitting carbonation. Extremely well executed, which has become a trademark for Bear Republic in my book.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap@Bear republic brewpub. Pretty intense, heavily hopped. Pine, grapey, grapefruity, and quite bitter in the finish, pretty tasty stuff.
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice piney, floral big hop aroma. Color is deep reddish brown with a tan head. Malty, almost fruity, bitter hop flavors.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber red, small white head. big hop aroma with plenty of citrus and pine and earth. the flavour holds more fruit, with caramel and red liquorice, but the hops are big enough to balance and contribute to a sticky mouthfeel. like a well executed big take on an amber ale. nice.
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had it on tap. Very full and tasty flavor. Full of hops and malt. The main thing that comes out at me is the great robust hop flavor. This is definitily a good beer.
Sammy (8348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
. Lots of hops, both bitter and aggressive and dry aftertaste and great with meat dinner. Full bodied. Reminds me of a Samuel Smith. Tan head, sprucy hops, toasted taste, some malt. Even a hint of smoke.
radiomgb (2181) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 27, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber in colour. Aroma was quite hoppy with lots of caramel and some malt. Flavour was very hoppy again, lots of citrus, caramel sweetness with some malt showing up. Full bodied. Finishes dry with a mild bitterness. Very well balanced.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is hoppy to the max! Hazy reddish brown, small cream head. Full hops taste, lot’s of that citrus crunch. Malt is present and appreciated. Well balanced, full bodied. Lovely example. Thanks for bringing this one IPFreely.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m rather surprised that no one talks about the peaty character which provides the richness under all those hops. There is some real Scottish ale character to this. What makes it extremely fun is the west coast hops which give spice and citrus twang. Really wonderful stuff. Drank it while watching the movie Straw Dogs--fitting, as both the beer and the movie focused on the intersection of British and American style.
steview (1016) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 23, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 trappist glass: fantastic aroma of a sweet and spicy forest. great taste as well. soapy, but nice head with good lacing. dark brown body with red highlight. tastes like a spicy ale. it has a nice creamy palate with a bite! grapefruit, pine, burning wood from a campfire. american strong ale? egh, "bastardized scottish" that’s more like a pale red. i guess. i like it a lot! ----- UPDATE 9/11/08: very twangy dark fruit aroma and flavor, with some caramel; very creamy; interestingly different... I certainly see the Red and Scottish influence.