Theydon_Bois (9280) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - NOV 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 05/11/12.
Murky mid brown with a thin off white head that soon clears to a small pond and the edge of the glass.
Nose comprises malt, syrup, toffee and a little paint fumes.
Taste follows nose, a touch of plastic, best element of this beer is that the 9.5% alcohol is pretty well disguised.
As with other DDC beers I’ve had - largely a let down, all hype no delivery!
jennawood79 (281) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first it struck me like a dirty moderately alcoholic beer... but then the size reveals itself. This beer has a peat/woody character blended with an extremely rich maple syrup flavour. The maple syrup profile is extrordinary and dominant but I found the smokey/peat components of the profile distracting and somewhat dirty. Aside from that their is a residual sweetness that is a little cloying.
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"a little overly sweet from the maple syrup, but quite unique at the same time. not very well balanced, but quite tasty. mostly malt and sweet with little hop presence. great, full bodied and smooth."
unclemike (2280) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large tan head that quickly fell into a brown body full of ruby at the edges. Malty maple aroma, very sweet. Sweet and full bodied with a creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel. Some alcohol.
Yorker (1262) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
34 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy brown with a lot of sediment and an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, alcohol, dried fruit, and liqurice - with a dry finish.
wedgie9 (2007) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From old notes, tasted with Curtis and some friends in Nashville, probably some time near the summer of 2012, from a 330mL bottle. Pours clear amber with a thin white head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is sweet caramel, maple, bread malt, and some lightly bitter toast. The flavor is much more caramel and maple malt up front with some toasted bitterness. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long caramel and lightly bitter finish. Simple but good.
neongolden (477) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(On tap at the DDC tap takeover @ barVolo, Aug 23 2014) Pours a hazy black tea colour with a small yellowish tan head and no lace. Aroma quite sweet and iced tea like when cold. Maple sugar sweetness and yellow raisins and prunes. On the palate, sweet maple sugar dominant at first, stewed dark fruits, on the finish it dries out with a moderate resin bitterness, faint nuts, more maple sugar, bit of alcohol heat. Body medium-full, slightly syrupy with moderate prickly carb, This was a pretty nice sipper, maple-forward and perhaps better suited to a cooler day or a later position in my tasting rotation away from the wits, sours and IPAs. Quality is there though, would like to try the barrel version as I can see it being ideal for that.
arondee (568) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark blackish brown with 0 head. It almost looks like a very dark. There’s a decent amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is sweet candied sugar, maple, and caramel. The taste is huge malty sweetness and alcohol, followed by an aftertaste of maple syrup. This is a big, thick, beer and I don’t think I could have more than 1 bottle.
Sarlacc83 (815) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Dark mahogany worthy of Ron Burgundy. Off-white head. Good lacing.
N: Smoke, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, some oxidation, charcoal, plenty of bready malts, and bubble gum.
T: Smoke and big Scotch sweetness.
M: Thick and sticky. Moderate carb levels are appropriate for the style and heft.
O: Maple adds a nice element to this one. I always want to like the beer more than I do, however, especially as Peche Mortel is one of my favorite beers out there.
Weezel (210) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this thing has all kinds of aromas. Vanilla, cherries, wood and the maple syrup shine beautifully. Pours a musty brown with little flakes of sediment. Taste tightly composed with more cherries, sweet malt, maple, toffee and leather. Not much in the way of the classic peat from a Scotch ale, but that is a good thing in my opinion. Wonderfully balanced and full flavored. Another great beer from this brewery.
degbert (1154) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with extremely rich red highlights and a smooth, lacy cream-cinnamon head. Nose is maple sugar candy, vanilla, toast, warm wood, earth, and mushrooms -- a real mingling of aromas. Dry and rich on the tongue, with the earthy mushroomy substantialness predominant; the maple echoes its way in towards the back of the mouth, not as sweetness but as more of an aromatic note, adding a subtle roundness to the roasty coffee and black tea elements. Finish is long, a little boozy, and silky, with that maple ghost continuing to hang around and tie the whole package together. Pretty darn amazing.