mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a beautiful clear amber with a decent but short-lived creamy head. Aroma is at first quite alcoholic, but opens up into a lovely malty aroma with notes of light fruit (apricot, peach, etc.) Tastes surprisingly strong - scotch-like malting (lots of caramel) with plenty of alcohol and a lovely lingering & warming hoppy finish. Delicious! A bit sweeter than I was expecting, but with good hopping to balance - yet not as hoppy as 2006ís vintage. Body is low to moderately carbonated, not too thin but not particularly creamy. This beer will definitely benefit from a few years of aging, and I intend on stocking up. Very nice dessert beer, a real treat!
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500ml). Bottle # 29396. Bright clear copper pour, large lasting frothy off-white head. Light caramel malt, alcohol and slightly soapy floral hops - lightly acidic and funky, very pleasant (almost a 7), although it seemed a little cooked-veg initially. Sweet light roast caramel malt, nice fresh grain, a nice little sting of alcohol, a hint of tangerine and smoke, good light UK hops framing it all. Average body, nice astringency, a little sticky on the lips, and a lingering alcohol presence stays with the malty linger. This oneís pretty much ready now - the alcohol may mellow a bit with age, but the malt and bitterness are restrained and seem to work well together. A nice drinking VA this year.
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours a vibrant golden amber with a light mid-sized head. My only wish is that the grassy note was slightly more subdued. Perhaps it will mellow out in a short time before I have my next bottle
dyetube (1181) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a deep rich amber color with a medium tan head leaving some good lacing down the sides. The aromas are strong malt with a little spiceness as are the flavors. This is a fabulous beer! just go get one and drink it now!!
fiulijn (14381) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Stockholm Beer Festival 2007
Beautiful amber color; still. The aroma is simple. The mouthfeel is strong, with some good sweet malt, a bit oily, but nothing special. A bit warming. Powerful but not impressive.
A bottle is awaiting in the cellar, for better days...
ABUSEDGOAT (2361) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber, moderate head with good lacing and retention. Aroma is earth, caramel, moderate to light hops. Medium bodied, some alcohol in the finish, somewhat sweet.
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: very nice, reminiscent of yellow raisins. A very specific fruity/citrusy sourishness one more commonly finds in Belgian ale. Lovely, fresh hops, sweet, caramel malt. Hints of strawberry bon-bons and lime. Acorns.
Appearance: copper towards warm golden hue. Clear body. Yellowish fluffy head.
Flavour: begins with porridge and syrup. A sweet malty flavour that soon delves into some nice hop bitterness. A bit cloying unfortunately. Big, fruity and slightly funky. Roasted chestnuts. Vanilla & cherries.
Palate: very smooth. The body Iíd expect from a much heavier beer. Not bad at all.
presario (4611) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 08394. Card in the box says 50,000 bottles in 2003 and now 150,000 in 2007. Rich lasting head on dark amber. Didnít realize the ABV till I sniffed the half empty glass. Aroma of alcohol, toffee and spice. Thick spicy body. Like a Christmas cookie. Heavy malt. Restrained hops, builds nicely, along with the alcohol, as the beer warms and as the you "work" through the glass. Very nice.
Oakes (12398) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #32497, LDB Middlegate
Golden-amber colour. Bright (actually no trace of residual yeast at the bottom of the bottle either). Thin head. Earthy, mushroomy nose with hints of obscure UK hops and diacetyl. Complex character - earthy, chalky, minerally - is more reminiscent of Yorkshire than London. Caramelly and toffee malts, lots of earth, hops like Typhoo tea and a brawny, woody, alcoholic finish. Damn fine - not as stellar as last yearís but an impressive bottle nonetheless.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. #143650 Copper/amber beer with a nice off-white head. Sweet, earthy, malty aroma. Sweet, caramel, malt, citrus, earthy flavor. Medium body. Lingering caramel/toffee with some stone fruit and citrus/earthy hops. Nice balance. Time will mellow the sweetness, but itís very drinkable right now.