muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle, best before Jan 2008, from Metro Joanette in Verdun, Quebec (May 2006), served at cellar termperature in a Maudite snifter. A big fizzy pop goes the cap, and a huge stream of foam fills, the glass, off-white and frothy/large-bubbled, subsiding slowly and leaving generous snowflake lacing atop the oily whisky-colored liquid.....there is a light whiff of skunk from the bottle, but it’s quickly subdued by a hugely yeast, lightly caramelized-malty aroma with lots of fresh grasses and a bit of orangepeel....the flavor is quite delicious, lightly smoky and thick with caramel, a perfectly realized balancing act between sweet malts, sour yeast, and mineralic undertones that become fairly strong later in the game....strong yet supple mouthfeel also provides plenty of spice as you let the scintillating liquid pleasure your tongue, anise and oregano, orangepeel and coriander and a touch of pepper and seaweed....marvellous and transporting.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a huge head. Aromas of malts and yeast, flavors fairly sweet, but not overpowering. Clean finish. Hints of hops are noticeable on the palate, the alcohol is well hidden.
notalush (5351) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper color with lasting head - floral, perfum-like aroma, with background spicy hops - a bit one-dimensional for the style - it drinks more like a standard amber ale - a very dry, toasted bread flavor dominates, with a hint of honey-like sweetness near the finish - drinkable, but nothing special.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Beer of the Month Club. Decent French amber with a diffuse head. The taste isn’t as complex as I’d like, making the alcohol a bit too prominent, but this is not bad.
Boutip (5183) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a super huge foamy head with good retention. Aroma of grainy malt is quite dominating with a light funky touch coming from the yeast. Taste is quite complex with some caramel malt that end up a bit dry with some sweetness and a light funky and bitter finish. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. Better the most take on this sometime ambiguous style.
DocLock (8529) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Super Saver. The pour was turbid ruby.coppery with great lacing and a 2-finger off-white head. The aroma was of tart fruit, mushroomy malts, some taint, and some definite sangria/fruit punch hints. The flavor was caramel malty, slightly dry and red winey, with some subdued nuts and spices as it warms. Complex palate that never really gets sweet, but seems to drift ti dryness as it warms. Nice yeasty fruity funk throughout.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 Bottle... Lightly hazy orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Malty, fruity aroma. Smells a bit like fruit punch. The flavor is a little too sweet. Malty and vinous with light bitterness... port wine. Medium-bodied and scouring with moderate carbonation. Finishes bone-dry and lightly bitter.
ELPADRINO (70) - The Woodlands, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with large long lasting white head. Aroma is peppery roasted malt. Taste is very complex with pepper, sweet malts in the front and an alcohol finish. Bottle fermentation makes swallow very frothy. The first sips are good, but the higher alcohol content numbs the tongue, making the second half of the bottle less discernable.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite enjoyable, lots of maltiness is present in this one, cardammon, licorice anise and some sweet cinnamon, and just a hint of brown sugar spiciness, mixed with lots of caramel and toffee malts, and just a hint of walnuts, and apricot fruitiness. Again quite enjoyable
Otje (678) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber/brown beer with an off-white head. Fruity, fresh, malty aroma. tastes caramel and roasted malts, a bit licorice and cinnamon, sweet, nutty and just a bit woody/nutty. finishes a bit sourrish and spicy. Could use some more body, i guess. nice sipper thought.