OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Échantillon servi d’un growler, Juin 2005. Couleur presque noire aux reflets rouges à l’extrême du spectre, pratiquement aucune formation de mousse. Arômes très rôtis allant vaguement vers le brûlé. Flaveurs grillées, maltées, chocolatées et caféinées. Corps semblant plutôt mince, carbonatation effacée. Probablement un bon liquide transporté dans un mauvais contenant, rendant ainsi le tout peu excitant.
ClarkVV (3860) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 growler at the Mondial Ratebeer tasting, 6/4/05. Roasty and with some creamy, lightly nutty oats in the nose. Flavor has vanilla, coffee, oats, chocolate and finishes with a strong lingering flavor that integrates well the aforementioned. As it warms, I get more black malt notes, which seem to drive away some of the sweet, smooth charm it initially has. The body is loose and flat, and pours a dark brown, mahogany, quite opaque, but no head to be found. Seems they are making their beers very well here, but I just can’t find anything exciting in them. But solid execution, is in itself, exciting, I suppose.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an opaque dark brown color with no head. Aroma and flavor of chocolate, no roastyness at all. Light body, flat carbonation.
mds (2167) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler. deep dark brown body with no head. aroma is of creamy chocolate roasted malt. body had a lot of oatmeal character along with chocolate. thin low carbonated mouthfeel. a decent stout.
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled out of a growler, graciously offered by Erica at TiggMTL’s post-mondial 2005 tasting.
Dark and opaque, obviously, but with a slight teint of brown when held against harsh light. Not much head to speak of, unfortunately, so it looked like a cup of cold joe. Speaking of which, the aroma was almost all torrefied coffee beans, maybe a little hops but quite faint. Very calm, almost flat, I guess the seal wasn’t too good on this growler. Nonetheless, the roasted malt, pinch of vanilla and acerbic final made this one quite enjoyable.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, no head. I fear the growler conditioning didn’t help this one at all and brought it flat despite being only one day old and that is pretty sad because the scotch ale was in great shape. Nevertheless, cocoa and light coffee flavours come up the nose with a lovely background of oatmeal, but there’s not much else going on if not for a sweet vanilla touch. Powdery chocolate blends well with the oat chunks, but it does feel pretty lifeless without carbonation and I find that the little tartness would have been better attenuated with effervescence around. A bit thin as it is.
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt, caramel and dark chocolate form a rich aroma, spiced with low-key citrusy hops. Very attractive nourishment must ensue.
Roasted malt bitterness and dark chocolate sweetness blend efficiently in the low carbonation. Molasses slither through this quite flavorful, basic stout. Another well-brewed beer from Bethlehem.
A soot-soiled smile tells it all.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the tap at BBW. Very dark brown creamy body with a thin tan head. Anticpated getting to this one in the sampler and was a little dissappointed by the thin taste. But, still a pretty good stout and an easy drinker.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bethlehem Brew Works Brew Pub. Poured a dark, dark brown (almost black) color with an offwhite head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, light vanilla, and hints of oatmeal. Aromas and tastes were on the subtle side. Creamy and smooth body that went down very easy.
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler provided by Rich: Nearly opaque with a small frothy tan head and some lace. The aroma has notes of mocha, coffee, smoke, floral hops, earthy esters, and a hint of fig. The taste starts malty and moderately sweet with noticeable chocolate overtones. The finish is more towards the smoky and coffee twang. A bit of oat does appear but is subdued by the bitterness. The aftertaste display a touch of fruit and lactic notes. The feel is smooth and a tad watery. A good stout and easily drinkable as I finished the growler (minus one 12 oz handbottle for later) in one setting. THX