Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany with a light head. Spotty lacing. Ginger and nutmeg in the nose. Some roast. Flavor has similar spices and some bitterness. Earthy and warm as well. Fuzzy finish with spice and sweet malts.
CapFlu (4242) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2006
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Draught) Sampled at the brewpub on December 9, 2006. Thin, dissipated head with a copper body. No carbonation. Nose is spiced like nutmeg and cinnamon. Malted pudding. Too sweet.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Golden-brown colour. Malty nose (brown sugar) with light spiciness and a hint of fruit. Very spicy palate (cinnamon) with light brown sugar maltiness and hints of fruit. The finish has a splash of alcohol and again more of that subtle, hard-to-place fruit.
JoeMcPhee (8054) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 L fliptop bottle. Copper-amber colour beer with a thin off-white head. Big spicy aroma of nutmeg, orange peel and cinnamon. There are some sweet caramel and munich malts backing up the strong spicing. Flavour is quite astringent though. Spices are definitely there but they have added a touch of woodiness (not the good kind). Flavour is dominated by sweet orange peel, light malt. Body is a bit thin for this brew. Lingering sweet fruitiness.