omhper (19950) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale amber. Citrusy hop aroma. It’s lemony flavour and lightly soapy mouthfeel makes me associate to washing-up liquid, although in a pleasant way. Medium body and bitter finish. In all a pleasant easy drinking ale.
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Durham’s first bottled beer - I had this on cask a few times and gave it a 2.4, but figured it was worth the shot if for no other reason that to supply my thirsty beer-loving bretheren in AZ and Stockholm. They only sell this is three Toronto stores, only one of which was near my house. So I went there and they had but 7 sixers - one of which had a broken bottle, rendering it and its neighbours the ’soggy bottom boys’. I thought I was going to be living a life of constant sorrow, but thankfully the others were fine. I got it home, set aside the three I would actually be allowed to drink myself and got to business. The pour was disconcerting - no foam. Where’s the carbonation? Does their new bottling line not work properly? Oh no, I was mistaken. One sip and I realized what they’d done. This was cask ale in a bottle. Yes it is filtered, but this had the perfect cask ale mouthfeel that they’d achieved by restraining the CO2 - a trick I’ve used as a homebrewer for Sleeping Village Mild (and inevitably causes consternation for judges who don’t get what I’m trying to do - MILD SHOULD NOT BE FIZZY, DUMBASSES!) But I digress, gone are the minerally overtones that have impeded this brew before and the fresh, crisp hoppiness, perfect mouthfeel and beautifully balanced malts are doing their thing like Durham’s never shown me before. It isn’t a particularly assertive beer, but neither is it timid. It’s the kind of straighforward beer that looks at you funny if you try to sniff it and analyze it. Unspectacular, but a session pint I’ll be returning to again and again.
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 22, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2003 (bottle) Hazy amber with off-white head. Aroma is grapefruit, lemon, biscuit, and cookie dough. Taste is grapefruit but not really bitter, some misplaced caramel sweetness. Slightly chalky mouthfeel, light/medium body. (RBSG02 (draft))Filtered copper. Nice balanced beer, malty with pleasant bitter finish. Definitely a good session beer (6/3/6/3/12).
Lubiere (10451) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazed golden ale with a thick creamy lacing white head. Light malts and sweet aroma. In mouth, very light in body, short malt and very short British hops. Dissapears quickly with just residual bitterness. A watered down version of a good beer which i tasted a few years back, before RB.
Sammy (8917) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2004 Very light drinkable British style ale. Very litle foam and nice dark yellow. A bit of a bite with a bit of bitter aftertaste.. But quite pleasant. Best on cask at Smokelss Joes, a 3.5 over the bottled 3 as more hop.
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
LIght amber colour with a cloudy off-white head. Rich caramel malt aroma, some spice and citrus hops. Flavour is similar, well balanced and with a nicely bitter finish. Simple but good.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deliciously enticing smoked toffee apples bathing in butter pools...The lusciously thick aroma is betrayed though by the thinner-than-announced mouthfeel...The tranquilizing citrusy hops mingle with caramel and peach syrup to create great sweet/bitter, assertive/subtle equilibriums...I think I'll go smell the bottle a bit...Hurray for CapFlu!...
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber body with a decent sized white head. Flavour is surprisingly hoppy, not a lot but more than I anticipated from this one. Well balanced hops and malt with some fruity notes. Quite nice.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled in mid-June ’06, courtesy of Sammy: Pours a clear orange bronze with a thin ring of wispy white head. Soft toasty sweet caramel malty aroma has some nutty character and earthy English hops. Body starts with a light caramel malty sweetness and a drier, more bitter earthy and mildly warming finish. Could use a touch more malt and fresher hops, but still an ok beer.
mabel (6559) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[1532-20080713] Cask. Soapy floralness and smooth grainy hops aroma. Murky, medium orange body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Fruity hops flavour has lemon and soapy floral sweetness. Medium body is smooth. Interesting floral fruit.
(@ Victory Cafe; Toronto, ON; w/ jerc)