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.
BŁckDich (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 (4545) - 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 (6103) - 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 (7288) - 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. Itís only a question of time though Iím 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 itís a bit thickly sweet and cloying. Still, this is pretty decent stuff. Just not one I want alot of, especially at one sitting.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - 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.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2004
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a reddish brown with a small head even after a vigorus pour and very little lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt with a bit of darker fruit like apricots and...prunes?
Taste kinda echos dates. Actually, dates pretty much nails it. Wow, solidly dates. Iíve never had a beer that hit one particular taste like this before. Definately dates. Iím searching for something else here and Iím struck by how much anything else present could also be said about dates. Yeah, dates; period. If you could liquidify dates, add carbonation and some alcohol, this is exactly what you would have.
Palate is rather thick and decently carbonated, as in it doesnít quite get rid of the date flavor. And for the style listed (English Strong) it completely lacks any mineral feel to it. Overall, if you love dates youíll love this, but there are a lot of better holiday offerings out there. I really wanted to like this as I currently live in OR and like to support OR beers. Additionally, I wanted to like this because Iíve really disliked the other offerings from this brewery, so I wanted to make amends. That didnít happen here.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours reddish brown, lacks any real head, some lacing, with light carbonation. † Sweet biscuity aroma, malty, with a touch of dark pitted fruit. † Grains, oats, biscuit, and some malts on the tongue. † Sweet, but not at first, with a slight choco-fruity flavor bringing up the rear. † Medium body and mouthfeel. † Thought it would have been thicker by the smell of things. † Finishes slightly astringent, herbish, with a carob like chocolate flavor. † Aroma had me, the front of this beer was decent, but the back completely put me off. † NEXT!