DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is treacle, caramel and toffee, ruby, pours a slim tan head. Flavour is woody, almonds, malt,caramel notes, butterscotch too. Medium bodied, sweet yet quite bitter. Good, but I always expect better from this brewery.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. Rated Blind. Light algae nose. Minerals. A lightly sour yeast nose. Sourdough. Not inviting. Orange copper and sunset fire, clearish with a fast fading rim in white. Flavor is flat and has a distinct kiss of almond. Light nuttiness blends with multi-grain bread. The malt profile is decent. Respectable caramelization finds a home with a kiss of esters. Maybe a touch stale tasting. I’m loving the real almond glow coming off the beer, but there’s a lightly astringent yeast or grain husk cast that glows through. Hop finish is cheesy and doesn’t display good ingredient quality. Some interesting character in there, but the beer has some faults. Body sticks a bit, but is right for the style.
Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 13, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: Neat shade of bright freshly minted cent with darker light brown colors. Top it self was a bit pathetic , weak , fizzy tea like.
Nose :Nutty , woody , with brown malt behind. Earthy , black soil like hop. Not best combination of British trend with hint of German Alt.
Flavor/Palate : Initial short carbonation, citric woody middle with more of spiced brown malting at finish. Winter ale should have welcoming alcohol warmth. Brooklyn ale is slightly higher on alcohol but missing that welcoming feel. I could not escape notion of ordinary.
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Good beer. Pours nice amber brown. Nice head. Caramel & light fruit (raspberry?) flavor. Not too spicy like most winter ales. Sweeter malts present in taste. Nice mouthfeel. Very nice
Ibrew2or3 (7910) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tampa Tuesday tasting night – blind tasting, courtesy of Degarth.
Pours brown with tan head. The aroma is full with rich caramel, mild peat and earthiness. Solid smelling ale in my opinion albeit a bit too mild. The taste is caramel heavy with caramel candy, mild earthiness and peat. The body is a bit thin. Tasty brew.
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a gorgeous brown with a thin head. Smells of scotch, malt, and sweetness. Pretty good flavors of smoke, peat, and malt. Just the right amount of sweetness to balance things out.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a amber colour with a nice aroma of earthy malts, taste of a earthy flavour with a bitter finish
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle Tampa Scotch Ale Blind Tasting. Pours amber with a small light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and light caramel. Taste is the same as aroma with a slightly earthy finish. Medium thin mouthfeel w/ a mild amount of bitterness and a lightly tart finish.
DuffMan (8803) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 25, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
deep orange amber, clear, moderate white head, poor retention. Caramel malt aroma. Caramel flavour dominates with a marzipan note in the finish becoming evident as it warms. Quite sweet, fairly simplistic.
Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap in the Blind Tiger NYC. Aroma of hops, a little skunky. Dark beer with a thin off white head. Smooth texture of plums malt. Smoky finish.