BeerandBlues2 (9693) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Drake at the Irish Chanukah tasting. Pours cloudy brown with virtually no head. Aroma is maple, plums, dates, caramel and cookie malt, wood notes and light vanilla. Flavor is malt dominant, vanilla, maple, oak, light hops and bitterness with a sweet palate yet dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
Drake (8560) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Julienhuxley and shared at the Baltimore Irish Chanukah tasting, 3/17/12. Pours a murky brown color with a thin fizzy head. Below average head retention. Aroma of toffee, whisky, maple, earthy notes. The taste is toffee, raisin, leafy hops. burnt sugar, vanilla. Medium-full bodied with a bit of heat. Nice beer.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Glouglouburb. Dany is the man! Great aroma. Strong malt backbone. Great beer, even if it comes from French Canada.
mcberko (6443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany!), split with Matts_Property, pours an opaque dark orangy brown with a small beige head. Aroma of loads of maple syrup, scotch whiskey, brown sugar, heaps of caramel, molasses and quite high alcohol. Flavour of maple syrup and booze upfront, with brown sugar, subtle scotch whiskey, molasses, caramel and slight oak (though quite subdued / subtle). Boozier than I remember the original, with subtle use of the oak barrels. Very complex and the sweetness is balanced well, unlike many scotch ales. Delicious.
deyholla (6639) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by the Michigan crew, thanks! Poured a cloudy deep amber with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a bit of booze on it but had sweet grains, with some maple and a bit of backing caramel and toffee. Flavor starts with maple and sweet grains with some caramel and toffee in the finish.
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a Max tasting. Pours a hazy, muddy tan with creamy khaki lacing. Awesome aroma of butterscotch, oak, bourbon, and some hay needles. Flavor is heavy of high-quality bourbon (my criteria being "tastes good") with some sweet butterscotch and a mild oakiness. Powerful flavor yet balanced. Caramel stickiness and oak in the finish. Delicious and damn drinkable.
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Max’s impromptu tasting. Pours a murky brown with a thin beige head. Bourbon like crazy. Wood and sweet vanilla. Sweet with big carbonation, warm bourbon, phenols and yeast. Toasty and warm on the finish.
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a deep dirty brown color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of wood notes with nice caramelized sugar and light maple notes as well. Taste is quite complex with nice wooden notes which are well balanced with some caramelized sugar notes and some light maple sugar ester. Body was quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very pleasantly surprised by this one with a lot more complexity then in the regular version but also drinks very easily. Very nice example of how to use oak to increase flavour profile of beer.
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 341ml. Édition 2009 (Merci Pat.) Brune mousse beige peu durable, grosses bulles, le pchoutt était puissant. Le nez est complexe avec des arômes d’érable, de vin rouge, de bois, de chêne. La bouche est mordante, l’alcool fort, elle se compose d’un mélange de bois et d’érable, d’anis ou réglisse noire. La sucrosité est moins marqué que dans version normale. Il y a une touche fumée en bouche. C’est une scotch ale qui ressemble presqu’à un whiskey ou à un amontillado. Le goût est très persistant laissant les saveurs marquées le palais pour de longues minutes. Une demi-bouteille suffit.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Fred, thanks man. Pours a malty bruin body with an off white head and some light retention. Aromatically maple and sweet with a modest amount of etoh latent fruit shining through. A hint of caramel and wisp of smoke, malty sweet with a big bourbon like warmth to finish. Not bad.