lumikuuro (26) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
1 litre bottle with new artwork for 2009. Spring seasonal.
Appearance: Transparent coppery brown colour with three finger beige head when poured into tall half litre central European style glass tankard. Head recedes after a short while to a heavy ring and thin layer of froth, leaving modest lacing.
Aroma: Tempered malty sweetness and chocolate, but not as strongly chocolatey as, for example, some European beers that are reminiscent of chocolate mousse.
Taste: Restrained malty sweetness with gentle coffee and chocolate flavours, leading to a gentle hop bitterness that mingles with the malts and a finish that doesn’t linger for very long. Extremely well balanced, rewarding, and rounded. Unlike some amber/copper/brown ales from the pacific northwest, this does not even begin to taste like cola or rootbeer.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slight silkiness. Minimal carbonation.
Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Its easy finish does not detract from its wonderful flavour. Easily sessionable and capable of maintaining the appreciation. If you want a beer with a long, lingering finish, this beer is not for you. But you are missing out if you don’t try this.
jonas (6043) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
1L bottle. Spicy malt aroma, light honey , light aromatic hops. Mahagony colour, tanned head, big bubbles. Good malty base, light roast, slight honey sweetness and a proper hop balance. Falls a bit shy in the body department - lacks chewyness in the finish. Nevertheless quite enjoyable.
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark amber. Good off-white head and lace. Malt and yeast aroma. A bit chewy. Caramel grows from thin young-tasting to very nice middle. Hint of roughness and hops in the finish.
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper with a musty, caramel aroma. Flavour is more of the same with a bit of earthyness.
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1L swingtop. clear amber brown, vanilla-tinged head. Straight shooting toffee-nut, a little earthy, a little fruity. Approachable, a little thin, but enjoyable.
Trev (1991) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice dark copper pour with a big creamy head. Vanilla, butterscotch and biscuit aroma.
Flavour was sweet caramel and toast, sugary zing but overall a bit weak and watery impression for me.
Cashier had claimed that lots of people were keen on this one, but it’s charm was lost on me...
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Copper body with quick fading head. Aroma is brown bread with a hint of nutella. Medium body with nice carbonation. Malty, some roasty flavour and a carmel sweetness before finishing quick.
CapFlu (4725) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(1 litre flip top) Purchased at The Strath for $6.95. Also seen at Spinnakers and The Swan. Pours a clear, well carbonated, mahogany body with a medium, white head. Nose is surprisingly sweet - brown sugar and chocolate malts. A good elixir of toffee malt, roasted nuts and floral hop flavours. Fairly basic but well executed. Some minor butterscotch in the finish.
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with a decent head and some lace. Brown sugar aroma, sweet and malty and enticing. Tastes very much like a pale ale crossed with a brown ale - interesting chocolate malt flavour, not too heavy on the crystal and still enough hops to keep things interesting. Well balanced, light butter/diacetyl, with a warm toffee finish. Carbonation is quite good, considering the problems I’ve had with Howe Sound 1L flip-tops. This beer reminds me of a basic macro "Pale Ale" but with enough character to carry it through. Very sessionable!
Crit (3515) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber, lasting beige head. Lightly fruity carmel malt nose. Light sweet brown sugar profile, very light hop bitterness