mcberko (12931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
341mL bottle, sold way past its prime but I didn’t notice until I bought it. Pours a murky diarrhea brown with a big off-white head. Nose doesn’t smell too bad or oxidized, with toasted nuts and some caramel, a bit of oxidation. Flavour of creamy nuts, some caramel and toasted malts - surprisingly not too oxidized and nothing offensive, just an "old" quality. Medium-bodied and a bit off-kilter from a regular brown ale, which is a nice change. I’ll uprate this a bit, given that this is an old bottle.
nimbleprop (7096) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours a hazy brown with a cloudy, white head. Nice malty nose, bready, light hops, fairly approachable. Flavor is sweet, malty, a little brown sugar, a touch of cookie dough. Medium bodied, sweet finish.
GT (9923) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pour is a clear, light amber with not much of a head- some tan bubbles wafting around. Aroma is amazing: big oak, cedar, wet forest, caramel, black peppercorn. Taste is dry cedar, spicy oak, dry cinnamon, herbal. Light-bodied though and quite refreshing. A nice surprise.
argo0 (12928) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, thanks CaptainCougar. Medium beige head atop clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, nut, some cola. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cola, orange, light nut. Soft light-medium body.
Travlr (20273) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Borrle. Clear golden color, little head scant lacing. Aroma is herbs, straw, oil. Taste is floral and extremely malty. OK.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with a big, creamy head. Nice nutty aroma with a hint of green olives. Light oxidation - showing its age a bit. Dry flavor, light vegetal notes with hints of raw nuts.
DerWeg (1579) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is, like, HOW old? Never mind, it smells fine as the puffy tan head fills 1/2 the chalice over a deep amber coat showing clear highlights of gold. nice gentle sweet grain smell, a hint of snarky herb and citrus. Taste long fine flavorful noble hops over delicious flavors of nuts, toffee and fruit. Nice old beer with no flaws.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341ml bottle. Clear deep amber with a HUGE foamy-creamy tan head. Aroma is mostly lightly toasty cereal grain with a hint of floral nuttiness - dry and not too sweet. The taste follows - mostly grain, with mild dry roast, not much alcohol. Light body, a bit still, slightly sweet upfront, leaves a fresh-milled bread-makers’ grain aftertaste. Just okay.
GRM (3642) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2010 Brown bottle, 341 ml, drunk in a Dieu du Ciel! glass, purchased at Le Grand Duc, savoured on January 25 2010; eye: bronze with reddish hue, clear, slight effervescence, tiny sheet of beige head, nice lacing; nose: nutty, malt, light resinous hops; mouth: nutty, malt, resinous hops, dry finale in resinous hops, medium body, average carbonation, mild astringency, lightly bitter, slightly harsh texture; overall: surprising
Bouteille brune, 341 ml, bue dans un verre Dieu du Ciel!, achetée chez Le Grand Duc, savourée le 25 janvier 2010; œil : bronze avec une teinte rougeâtre, claire, très légère effervescence, petite couverture de mousse beige, bonne dentelle; nez : noisette, malt, léger houblon résineux; bouche : noisette, malt, houblon résineux, finale sèche en houblon résineux, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, astringence moyenne, légèrement amère, texture légèrement rugueuse; en résumé : surprenant
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with a generous foamy head with surprisingly good retention and good lacing. Aroma of well balanced caramel malt with just enough sweetness and some light dry English hops as well. Taste is also a well balance mix between some rich caramel malt with just enough sweetness and some dominant English hops (which are sadly on the decline since this is not as fresh as it once was). Well made for a style that doesn’t offer it fair share of surprise.