Crit (3306) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown,creamy lasting tan head.Sweet malt nose.Light creamy malt profile, hints of chocolate.Nice lace
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub...Lovely clear-and-dark ruby-brown color. Head is moderate but dissipates readily---still, a pretty hue... Slightly roasty caramel nose, on the light side...Flavor is indeed a lightly roasted nuttiness with hints of fruit tang. The finish is pleasantly dry and leaves a faint smoke ring in the back of the palate. Body is a tad thin for the style, but the lively dry finish partially compensates. Overall, this is quite tasty stuff---a bit livelier than many browns.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice brown clear body with minimal tan head. Aroma of nuts and caramel malts. Flavour is light nuts, slightly sweet with a hint of smoke on the finish.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of creamy head leaves decorative lacing around an obscure brown with burgundy hues.
-Sweet chestnuts atop roastiness form a meek perfume.
-Roastiness takes the lead in the flavor, but plenty of caramel and hazelnuts sweeten the deal.
-A silky mouthfeel is created by these malts; well-fed yet perfectly drinkable.
What if you dig deeper?
-Subtle citrusy, herbal hops link the roasted and chocolate malts well.
-Dark chocolate soundly makes its way to the malt’s reach, a sign of its complexity.
-It finishes smoothly with just enough of a roasted malt bitterness and sweet cherry fruitiness to please.
-This is definitely reminiscent of Bedondaine’s own Noix de Marmotte brown ale.
-An expertly carved monument to brown ales which remains accessible to most beholders.
Bottle; no date.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2005 Dark brown colour. Aromatic dark malts complement light sugar & nuts. Sweet and smokey body shows surprising complexity for the style. A bit thin at the finish but pretty good.
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich dark brown with some orange light at the edges. Some chocolate and coffee scents, almost an oatmeal flavor as well, but the taste is very porter-like: rich, toasty dry malts with some light fruit or maple notes. Overall it ends up being a little plain and simple.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted straight from the fermenting tank (finished). Clouded reddish amber appearance. Nutty charcoal, creay aroma. Sweetish nutty coffee flavor, slightly dryish chocolaty finish.
texasbeerlover (9) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2005 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
: Described as chocolaty and roasty but not too heavy. Very dark brown. Not as much chocolate aroma as I would like (Baird?). Hop aroma present, but not too noticeable. Perhaps a little more chocolate malt than I use, but not much (~7%). Very drinkable, with a nice chocolate character, more roasty than ours. Finishes nice and smooth with NO aftertaste. Very much enjoyed conversing with the staff
CapFlu (4459) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught) Thin, beige, creamy head with a deep mahogany body. Nose of roasted malt, whiskey and bitter cocoa powder. Very roasted flavour with strong alcohol tones... but thin...
presario (4580) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2007 Weird! Two years later and my rating points are identical when sampled on tap.
Musty roasted malt aroma. Very dark with a light thin creamy head and a light lacing. With a bright light against the glass a few floaties can be seen. Aggressive initial flavour. Very good with a bold coffee approach. Slightly acidic sour finish.