DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 12, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottle: Liquid Solutions in Tigard, OR) Mmm, there’s that rich, earthy, mushroomy nose that I love so much. That can mean only good things with this beer! Confirmed! The strong, mushroomy, earthy maltiness has carried over forcefully into the flavor. Pretty light bitterness overall, this is not a hoppy or roasty beer. A slight tartness comes out as the beer warms up. Medium to full bodied, tangy on the palate. Light ruddy brown color is very cloudy from flaky particles suspended in the beer. There are no carbonation bubbles to be seen, and the tan head is on the small side after the pour, quickly fading to a small halo. Lacing is almost nil. So, it’s not much to look at, but I don’t open beers to look at them. Pretty funky for a winter seasonal, but very enjoyable.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not too bad. Cloudy copper with a smallish beige head. Quite spicy to the nose. Ginger, cloves, cardamon, cinnamon. Festive. Medium bodies with gentle carbonation and a smooth feel. The flavor was like a holiday punch with spiced fruit and alcohol. Interesting.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mahogany with a forthy head and spotty lace. Spurce and alcohol in the nose. Fruity and caramel matls. Some bitter hops. Bitter alcohol in the flacors with a touch of bitter hops. Caramel and roast malts. Finishes fruity with a medium body.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Auburn, mahogany color, tan head, lots of lacing. Nose of smoky caramel malts & mild chocolate. Sweet savory malty thick body with nice ending bitterness. Finishes creamy & rich. Eh.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Huge butterscotch, meaty aroma. Clear brown body with shy ring of off-white head. Caramel, dark malts, light spices and some butterscotch in the flavour. Medium body is somwhat slick in the mouth. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier and Rastacouere. Thanks, ClarkVV (trade Jan. 2005).
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber body with lightly sweet malty aroma. Body appears balanced on the tongue with malts showing through. Reasonably smooth finish.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby brown, light off-white cover. Juicy cherries and fat diacetyl jam/margarine. Vegetal leaning on the tongue with an almost carrot roots reminiscent mellow bitterness. Dry finish reminds of a red wine. Oily juicy texture. Surprisingly uninteresting. Very well masked abv.
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Diacetyl apples and caramel cherries repulse most, save for those with a fat tooth.
Yeasty bitterness and miscellaneous fruit thankfully are left alone by the looming butter monster. It’s only a question of time though I’m sure. Body is light and boring, and does not nurture nor does it encourage quaffing.
Too much butter is bad for the heart.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice reddish/orange color with a flat white head. Sweet candy, apricot, and green apples for aroma. Flavor is the same as aroma but also some spices as well. Very full-bodied and warming. You can tell alot of care went into this brew. With that said my only complaint is that it’s a bit thickly sweet and cloying. Still, this is pretty decent stuff. Just not one I want alot of, especially at one sitting.
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Portland Holiday Ale Festival 2004. Light brown beer with a thick tan head. Sweet caramel malt aroma. Flavour is sweet caramel, brown sugar with some spicy hops. There are warm baking spices near the end of a long bitter finish.