Nickls (2319) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Old BA rate - tap)
Reddish-copper hue, poured with a nice proportioned slightly off white head. Wonderful lacing throughout the sample. Muted maltiness and really nice herbal aromas with a mild hop bitterness. Really interesting hop bitterness up front, followed by sweeter malts, and the herbal spiciness suggested in the aroma is a bit weaker than I would have thought based on the smell. Medium to thin MF, with some pleasant carbonation which makes this very quaffable. Really great on the drinkability scale give the 7% abv. I would have never guessed it was that high in alcohol as it was completely hidden. Definitely great on the flavors and they all melded well with one another.
mabel (8425) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1887-20081206] Cask. Dark bready yeast and tea aroma. Clear, dark red amber body with quick white bubbles. Sweet honeyed hoppy bread malt flavour notes a heavy yeast. Medium body. Nice sweet and enjoyable, like the hops.
(@ Cole’s; Buffalo, NY)
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had it on tap at the brewery. Reminded me a lot of holiday ales from Seattle - Maritime Pacific’s Jolly Roger to be specific. High alcohol dominates - tastes higher than it actually is (more like barleywine-level).
jercraigs (9541) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008-12-06. Dark mahogany brown body with a smallish foamy off-white head and some lacing. Light sweet aroma of malt, muted spices. (7+) Smooth average plus palate is very lightly carbonated. (3+) Rather good. Touch muted at times but lovely overall. <i>Cask at Coles, Buffalo</i>
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity at BT. Pours an amber brown body with a lifeless tan lacing. Aroma is very hoppy pine, grapefruit, and caramel. Drinks with a heavy hop body initially and then finishes very light with honey. This was excellent.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Blind Tiger. Aroma is slightly nutty with caramel and no real spices detected for a winter. The flavors are dulled somehow with a decent malt profile. Nice beer but not worth really seeking out.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcade. Hoppy, pine, evergreen aroma. Sweet, thick body, viscous with sugars and a brash hoppiness. Sugariness is welcoming. Very gentle carbonation from the cask, easy drinking.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Coles/Mr. Goodbar Fest.
Aroma is a full malt, pitfruit combo, almost ruby, with a trace of beige head. Flavour is malt, toffee and subdued berry/apple mix. Medium bodied, far too drinkable. Lovely. Apologies to all those sitting nearby as I warbled a few lines from the song Happy Holidays. Thanks to You know who, for joining me.
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a true pale ale The appearance is a reddish amber color true to the style The aroma is very agreeable lots of floral hops and caramel malt The flavor was caramel malt fruit and citrus Good clean hoppy finish Nothing earthshattering but very respectable
Sammy (10793) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed on cask at Cole’s Cask Ale Fest. Very rich and good (great) malting. This year’s edition is much more a dark Belgian and not an American pale at all. A great cask.