willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
08.03.05 Tap at brewpub. Deep ruby brown/black under a creamy tan head; spotty lace. Aroma is grainy, very roasty, no sweetness, acetic hints, lactic. Palate thin and dry. Some dried dark fruits, stark roasted malts. Again, not sweet. Lots of butter, plus acidic, plus tingly...it reminds me of rancid butter. Yum. This brewpub needs to take more pride in the condition of their beer.
egajdzis (5695) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 Poured a dark brown / reddish color with a small, tan, creamy head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of butter, chocolate, and roasty malts. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, cherries, and other dried fruits. Not bad, though it seems the dirty lines didn’t let me experience this as it should have been.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from growler at the Ratebeer Mondial gathering in tiggmtl’s palatial country estate. No fizz when the growler is opened..uh oh...but the totally black, opaque body does develop a bit of diminishing head, though it looks a bit thin while pouring...big chocolaty nose with hints of rich light-to-medium roast Kona coffee...chocolaty-roasty body is a bit too thin and oily...some licorice makes a welcome late appearance, offering some complexity and herbal comforts. I would love to have this in better condition.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strongly roasty nose evokes coffee and a light chocolate undertone. Opaque black body with low, off-white, fully-diminishing head. Roast is strong in the flavour also but offers distinct notes of chocolate and vanilla. Light body feels somewhat watery perhaps owing to the unfortunate lack of carbonation. Growler sampled at the Ratebeer Mondial Gathering 2005.
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 (4591) - 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 (3488) - 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 (2250) - 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 (438) - 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 (6162) - 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.