Nate (3806) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the ’09 RBPTE, courtesy of FROTHINGSLOSH. Heavy malt aroma, with molasses, caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt. Flowery hops, though light, and a medium alcohol aroma. Clove, raisin, and coriander notes present, too. Clear dark ruby-brown with a creamy-frothy light brown lasting lacing head. Medium body with alcohol and medium carbonation. Long lasting flavor, sweet, with caramel, molasses, and roasted malt flavor.
cheap (4525) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Majestic thanks goes out to FROTHINGSLOSH for this special brew! Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 7/9/2009 Pittsburgh RB tasting extravaganza (PGHRBEXT) at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I see a spread of bottles like I did there. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we served! For example, how about this beer; copper kettle grand cru! Brown with a somewhat white head. Odd fun visible carbonation. Big fizz at first then fades to flat. Spices do permeate the palate and its welcomed. Somewhat sour on the initial taste but not like a sour ale, very unique. In its own way it is quite interesting. Fun and friendly to an extent during the session. Finish is mostly spices. Leaves an fascinating aftertaste in the mouth for a while.
Beerman6686 (5281) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This pne poured a very dark brown with an off white head. Aroma was slightly roasted, caramel, and spices, some yeast as well. Flavor was more spicey than expected, not much roastedness considering its color but with smooth hints of the caramel as well. Pleasantly good.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a clear brown with a white head. Smells..different. Spicy, orangey. Taste is also spicy and orangy. I am quite the wordsmith eh? Mouth is suitably thick and bubbly. I have to say this one reminded me of a beer that I had many eons ago, well before I had ventured into craft territory, and a style that I have struggled to appreciate since. I’d like to try this one in a different setting, and also similar beers. RB Pittsburgh Tasting.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate. Bottle shared by Danny at ZBF.
A very dark red brown colour with a good tan head. Very fruity, lots of big chunky malt and some hints of liquorice. Very very boozy. Big sweet finish with an assertive dried fruit note.
diabel (1629) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Danny for sharing! Hazy brown to black body. Off-white, lightly brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark malts, dark fruit, ... Moderately bitter, moderately sweet flavour. Very nice, but not too overwhelming in complexity. Not that I think you should brew according to styles, but what makes this a Grand Cru? Still nice.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5392) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a trace of a brown head that faded quickly. The aroma was sweet and tart with notes of ripe fruits and sugar though a bit of alcohol shows through. The flavor was tart, fruity and roasty with touches of chocolate, spice and bourbon. The finish was long, tart and roasty with lingering bourbon. The mouthfeel was a bit thin. A bit too much alcohol pervades this beer. Decent.
harrisoni (15005) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sampled at Zythos 2009. Bottle from Danny. Very deep ruby colour, burnt roasted spice aroma. Very spicy, frankly, not sure what this supposed to be. Spicies are out of balance. Reasonable aroma gives way to an over malty body and then inbalanced spiced/liquorice finish. Not good.
Fin (8263) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle passed onto me via Mes at Zythos, 08-03-09 Not sure where and who passed this beer on, but many thanks for letting me have a try. Pours conker brown bit murky with a light beige head Nose is a little woody not sure of the abv but tastes quite strong, some dark sugars showing and some streaky bitterness, touch sweet, but likeable beer. This was a slightly rushed rating as I had a train to catch. A7 A4 F7 P4 OV14 3.6
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma was spicy with coriander and belgian yeast character. pours dark brown, a little roasty, malty, with a balanced bitterness. in the belgian ballpack, but the roastiness was a little off-putting. all around an okay beer.