iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask: reddish brown with a hint of purple. A large frothy foam stuck to the top of the beer and all around the glass. Malty aroma was full at the start and then strangely diminished into fine whisps; when available contained caramel, raisins, and an earthy deep woods treat. Flavours were well combined and included toasted bread lathered with butter, some walnuts, and a tasty bitterness in the finish. Nice on cask - good temperature for the flavours to come out.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red/Copper/Brown color with a decent head. Flavors start sweet with nut caramel and toffee. As it finishes the flavors become more grainy/bready. A strong brown ale, but not exceedingly exciting.
TAR (2657) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask: Deep auburn liquid paired with a sticky off tan foam. Firm, toffeeish palate. Wonderful aroma showing light notes of coffee, bread, butter, spicy hops, and almonds, which are smothered by toffee. Front flavors are loaded with nutty goodness and caramel. Ideal finish, which is very balanced, accompanied by subtle grapefruit sweetness, spicy hop profile, and back to more nuttiness. Amazingly, this manages to show unbelievable complexity and refinement without showing any Porter characteristics whatsoever.
JMerritt (1940) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Picked up a growler of this stuff from the Clybourn brewpub. Aroma is rather bland with hints of malt and coffee. Dark red in color with a medium khaki head. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, and mild hops. Finishes somewhat bitterly. Nothing to write home about, particularly from a seasonal.