Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy light-brown body with a small off-white head. Smells like an old leathery suitcase. Watered-down roasted malts with some citrusy hops and a so-so lactic undertone (milk chocolate?). Not very tasty. Very short finish. Rather boring. A half pint of this Half Pints is enough to me.
MartinT (7317) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Impressions from the YeHa! party:
-A veil of foam barely covers the cloudy brown.
-Entertaining roastiness and toastiness converse with sweet nuttiness in the nose.
-C-hop citrus fruitiness are ably linked to the nutty maltiness; I usually donít like this match, but in this case it is very well done.
-The low carbonation and somewhat thin maltiness are not enough to sink your teeth into, and although they provide high drinkability, they tend to bore me.
-A roasted malt bitterness is paired with supporting leafy hops in the finish, as hazelnut sweetness trails off.
-Even though Iím not impressed by the mouthfeel, I would say this is nonetheless an enjoyable brown ale.
Bottle; no date.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown with no head. Small spotty lacing. Slighly nutty and a little earthy. Bitter with a touch of roast. Finishes off with some roast.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Murky chestnut colour. Chocolatey, slightly nutty aroma. A bit thin. Hints of nuts, toast but altogether timid and lacking complexity. Definitely not their finest work.
sleepdirt (169) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one is interesting as it is one brown ale that has a distinct dry/hoppy presence, not a taste I associate with the style but loved it. Itís a bit of a hybrid if you ask me but it works fine!
mnurda (1055) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 30, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was surprised to like this as much as I did. I am normally not a Dark Beer fan, but enjoyed this one very much. Not as heavy as some I have tried. I REALLY liked this beer. Thanks to Piscator for supplying this one.
piscator34 (1843) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2006 Very dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Surprisingly hoppy aromas, with some notes of pine and grapefruit (must be the Cascades) mixing with elements of milk chocolate and mildly spicy rye bread. The rye bread (caraway seed) flavors assert themselves first, then evolve into a sharper toasted sesame seed, hops, and white grapefruit attack. The mouthfeel starts out fairly heavy, but dries out leaving no residule sweetness on the tongue. This is unlike any brown ale Iíve had before, because it is so dry. Against the grain style wise, but Iím the type of person that can appreciate that. Definitely worth trying again.