Radek Kliber (7086) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Initial sweet honey, pepper, aromatic esters with British hopping. Medium-full bodied. Smooth, clean with very nice gentle hop mouthfeel. Smooth but with short sharp flavour bursts with each sip. Finishes dry. Very pleasant, maybe a bit to dry at end.
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice - gorgeous ruby/mahagony body with creamy tan head that minmizes quickly enough but maintains after that and leaves frothy lacing all the while. Bready and fruity and nutty and malty and buttery on the nose. Alcohol not completely hidden in this malty mouthful. Coats nicely with a medium mouthfeel, and then leaves very slowly with just a touch of bitterness to remind you that there are nice hops involved too. Really nice - I donít know if Iím being tainted in my appreciation by the fact that Iím taking a beer-break while doing some OT on a Thanksgiving Monday, but this is damn good stuff. Gotta get more while the seasonal release is still upon us.
Tessic (1032) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This ale pours a dark red with a light tan head. Grassy / grainy notes. Doughy scents. Also grape or raisin. First sip is bitter. With roasted fruit / grain flavours. Hint of coffee. The finish is still stong with hops but good. The palate is dry and malty. Very good Beer.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Poured a dark orange.
Huge ripe fruit aroma. Very juicy with lots of grapes and apples. Great nose on this one.
Solid flavor. Cinnamon and apples were very prominent. The ripe fruits especially grapes and plums are also accompanied by sweaty socks to give this ale a pretty odd flavor.
At least it was drinkable to say the least. Iíll be having this one again soon.
bark (255) - LinkŲping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The large head is made of fine, yellowish foam that disappears slowly, building a fine, hard crater. The Colour is deep copper red; the liquid is a little hazy.
The smell of this ale is mild, pleasing and a little bit on the sweet side. There are some yeast and lots of malts. There are hints of that special, sour smell that bottle conditioning creates.
The first part of the taste is alcohol, but just for a short moment. Then, a fresh mix of sweet malts and mild hops appears, slowly increasing the bitterness into a dry, long and balanced aftertaste.
The carbon dioxide is conservative with small bubbles.
The taste is complex, yet I found it somewhat avoiding and hard to put my finger on its special character. I have to compare it with Fullerís ESB, one of my favourite ales. And my conclusion is that 1845 is common ale with some extra alcohol, while ESB is ale with extra everything: More alcohol, more malt, more hops and more grit.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíve always liked this one. Pours a deep amber, small head. Aroma is malty, some nuts, dark fruits, cereal malts. Flavor is a bit bitter up front, good malt ride round the middle, fading to dates, raisins, spicy hops, and a bit of dark chocolate. Good stuff!
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 28, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Finally, the lcbo gets one right! Dark orange pour. Malty aroma, with a head that sticks to the glass. Warm alcohol and malt taste in a medium type body that has decent carbonation. As it warms, much more spiciness and edge of your tongue hop bitterness come forward. If this were available in cask over here, I wouldnít be typing, Iíd be on my way. Lovely.
CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(500ml bottle) 2004 Summer Release at LCBO. With each sip there appears a stunning lacing on the glass. The beige head slowly trickles to a stand-still... a web. I get set in a trance. This beer is captivating. But is it trying to lure me? Staring at the bottle is not solving the dilemna. The answer comes to me: drink quickly before the 6.3% can strike. I remember having a funnel and hose in the closet - PERFECT - mmm... the fraternity bong. Fuck you and the greek letters you represent, this is beer and all brothers can take the backseat, SodaPop. Fuck this beer can be foamy when shook up! Fruit, corn syrup and butter aroma nears the rim of the bong. Down, down, down. Not terribly smooth when drank this way? Ouch. Very sweet maltiness. Very filling. I feel a belch coming on...
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 Be sure to serve this one somewhere between room temperature and fridge temperature. The aroma starts to emerge as the beer warms and the flavour improves as well. A unique ale, quite unlike anything Iíve had before. A beautiful ale with a wild taste - bourbon, fruitiness, syrup and spice. Almost creamy feel as it goes down. A nice bitter aftertaste. Certainly a surprising taste and one that grows on you.
pintbypint (3326) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 24, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml brown bottle. Dense tan head sits atop a dark brown body. Beer was very bright for a bottle conditioned beer. Roasted aroma. Big body - sweet and malty with notes of spices and bitter chocolate.