pushkinwow (2190) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle opened up at the 2014 Ottawa End of Year Gathering - think Matt from the Beeryard in Philly gave this to us a couple of years ago and finally got around to opening it up. Mohagany with a generous white head. Smoky, white sugar, roasted chocolate malt, touch of nutmeg, some coffee grinds and some grass. Low carbonation, moderate body, decent.
cfrancis (2637) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden with a nice frothy white top. Aroma is great biscuity malt backing with a light hop presence. Taste is light, biscuit malts, with a nice balance with the malt.
Lubiere (10766) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet candy sugar malt with light spicy notes, cinnamon, OK. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity chocolate malt with coffee grind, grassy hops, licorice, OK. Bottle at 2014 Ottawa Xmas gathering.
Keir (180) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with mild head. Nose of sweet toasted malts. Tastes toasty, dry chocolate, malty, with a touch of oxidation. Not bad, but a bit old.
Ajcanon711 (35) - - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased in June. Consumed in February. Wish there were more available when I bought it, to age longer. This beer is delicious. Great roasted malty flavor.
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with Chris and Ray. Cellared for a couple years. Poured murky deep brown, nearly black. Notes of caramel, chocolate some orange, and a little pine. This was definitely hoppier in the past but it has aged well.
Hair6a11 (1415) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a frothy khaki head in this glass ; it does retain well (it say for a while) and there is some stick lacing here. Itís been a while since Iíve had a brew in this ballpark - it feels like an imperial stout and a strong ale. Darker naturally than your typical american strong, it has a hop presence that does dominate the nose initially. Pine, Chocolate, Roast, Licorice, and sweet breads here. The flavor profile has an initial bitterness from the hop profile; with more licorice, citrus, pine, and the malt profile rounding it out with more chocolate, roast, caramel, with a lingering bitterness present as well. The carbonation is certainly lively here. Anyway - an interesting attempt, with some booze present.
Leighton (13270) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Mes, Harry, Duff et al in London. I believe, Harry, that Mes provided this one (I brought the Hill Farmstead). Pours black-brown with a foamy, beige head. Ripe fruit nose, charry roast, dirt, earth. Big sweet flavor, some boozy chocolate, prunes, raisins, a bit of alcohol sting and some mild, earthy bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with baking cocoa, mild prunes. Lasting light, dry cocoa. Nice. Not overly sweet.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
August 29, 2012 - shared by ... Leighton? ... with me, mesandsim and duff - 750ml bottle. Very deep clear brick red, almost black, with a huge fluffy tan head. Aroma is ... lush, dry herbal bitterness, and almost porter-level deep dry roast, moderate alcohol (10%? really??). Taste is more imperial stout - nutty/nougat nearly burnt malt well-balanced against solid alcohol and dry resin/herbal bitterness, maybe a some soy ... sticky, average body, light and airy, surprisingly quick-finishing - leaves a dry alcoholic bitter aftertaste. I quite liked it, but it seemed at sea between DIPA, IS and even black IPA. But I liked it.
SudsMcDuff (6512) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure what happened here, some thing was just off .. . deep brown .. lots of aggressive foam at first- does calm down to a medium head, high lacing .. . this was going south, old buts and weird fruit .. . to bad... . . Daddy, these rubber pants are hot.