TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep burgungy color with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt with a touch of smoke. Flavor is lots of roasted malt with the underlying alcohol. Nice slightly bitter hop finish. Excellent.
Tessic (1033) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This WEe heavy pours a dark red colour with a nice creamy tan head. The scent s include a slight fruity notes almost like apple cider. Yeast and grassy notes with a small amount of brown sugar?
First sip was strong tasting with flavour of smoke and burnt malt. Nice amount of bitterness with the hops. The finish is bitter with the smoky burnt malts carrying through to the palate.
Very flavourfull beer.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color with ruby highlights, thick, rocky white head. Subtle aroma of malt and caramel. Flavor of malt and caramel, slightly smoky too, sweet finish. Full body, liquorous texture, medium carbonation. Very good, smooth yet flavorfull.
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color of malt syrup. This beaut’s got a large, 2-fingered head. It decorates the side of the glass like lacy lingerie. You can smell the alcohol, boy. Man, I dig that malty smell! The alcohol vapors carry it around my head; I feel like I have a beer halo! Hops be damned here, this is about roasting the fruits of the earth. Sure it’s sweet with malt, but the alcohol cuts the sweetness, and a little hops help to funnel this malty god down with their bittering influence. I’m left with a palate hung with dried grapes, shall I say fresh raisins. I like the spirited maltiness. It’s nicely (lightly)carbonated for the style, a wee heavy afterwards--as it should be. There’s a smokiness, like a dessert cigar. Earthy beer. Good for a pub session with your friends. Although I’ll cut your hand off if you try to take some of the first bottle, but after that we can share. After a couple, I’ll sing in public.
Boutip (5833) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a medium brown colored beer with a small head with little retention. Aroma is comprised of strong malts and it seems like you can almost smell the bitterness in this one. Taste is unsurprisingly bitter with a touch of roasted malt. This tasted not so unlike Fullers 1845, which is no bad thing.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Caramelly malt aroma, dark brown body. Fizzy tan head. Heavy mouthfeel, but balanced - there is a lot of malt here, but the subtle hop bitterness and crispy mouthfeel make a nice combination. I enjoy these sort of malty scotch ales and this is a great example.
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, LCBO. Nice brown body with a good long lasting beige head. Aroma has some earthy-smokey notes along with some caramel malt and a touch of brown sugar. Flavour is quite nice with lots of sweet malt and with underlying hints of the flavours inferred by the aroma. Nice body, fairly alcoholic finish and a plasant lingering aftertaste. Nice beer, but not as robust as I had hoped based on some of the recent reviews.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(5ooml bottle) Summer 2004 offering at the LCBO. Pours a medium beige head with a brown body. Enormous smell of caramel malt. Flavour is slightly more smokey than I had anticipated. The Lagavulin of the ale world? Very good.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Stockholm Beer Festival
Aroma of dark fresh bread. Full bodied. Dark fruits and hops. Slightly smokey.
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml brown bottle. Ruby coloured, tan head is thick. Aroma of sweet malt with a little bit of zesty hops. Medium bodied, dark malt taste melds well with hops. A trace of alcohol and bittereness in the finish.