stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample with Beerded_one. Pours a deep dark cleak amber with a decent size off-white head. Aroma of mild roasted malts, fuggle hops, and caramel. The flavor is sweet caramel malts upfront, roast, slight chocolate, and bitter hops. Good brew.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a tawny honey color w/ a shallow, beachball spattered froth that hangs in there for the duration.Very nice. Aroma of granite, wet hay, dried dark fruits. Medium nectar w/ absolutely no effers at all, not a one. Very dry yet wet on the palate. Soured malt, slightly roasted tree bark, faint bakers cocoa. Theres a big hop presence here from start to finish. The finish is bittered w/ velvety asprin. Overall: it s a delicately flavored brew w/ an old world disposition that screams at you w/ citrus rind the whole time. A must try.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Earthy chocolate maltiness intelligently converses with grassy, leafy hoppiness in a superbly balanced and satisfying session bitter. This evident cousin of Ossian also possesses a growing forest of bitterness which is patient, but very rewarding.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A wispy sheet of head hangs on to the clear auburn.
-Dark chocolate sweetness admirably blends into the wooden, leafy hoppiness.
-Citrusy hop tips aid quenchability.
-A svelte body and large bubbles obviously don’t emulate the cask.
-Maltiness could be a little bulkier, but I might be splitting hairs...;)
-Dryness accompanies the finishing bitterness.
Bottle; best before Feb. ’08.
Tmoney99 (13332) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured clear dark amber color with a large frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting and produced good lacing. Moderate hoppy sour citrus aroma. Medium smooth body with a soft texture. Moderate bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is malty with a slight spiciness. Flavor has a pronounced malty character with toffee, caramel, and peaty charateristics. Finish has a roasted touch.
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Cask from The Three Judges] Aroma of pine, dried prines, caramel, biscuity, fresh hoppy notes, floral notes. Light body, sweet upfront, dry, malty finish.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle at Jia Jia’s in Lincoln. Pours a dark slightly hazy brownish amber with a medium thick white head. Smells a bit like a gruet. Buttersquash and oranges. Has a mild citrusy flavor with a bit of smoke. Quick palate. Remarkable smooth easy drinker. Lingering mild hop bittrness. Mild vanilla emerges. Low in carbonation.
jazz88 (2661) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A dark golden brown color. A slightly sweet chocolate flavor with salmon. It reminds me somewhat of Newcastle. Rating from notes.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500ml). Deep mostly clear mahogany, decent off-white creamy/fluffy lasting head. Nice floral and light citrus hop aroma, light roast malt, yeast and a hint of chocolate toffee sweetness - pretty nice. Pleaant medium-bitter taste, herbal dry hops, tea, slightly tart fruity malt, the bitterness builds in the finish and on warming. Decent body (finishes a bit watery), good astringency, mild carbonation, a slight bitter aftertaste - very nice, I like the hint of citrus and chocolate, quite distinctive.
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ GBBF 2006. Amber colour with a tan head. Malty aroma with some smokey hints. Malty roasted fruity flavor with some caramel hints. Long bitter aftertaste.