ben4321 (4623) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Location: Sampled at the NY Brewfest on Governorís Island, 6/19/10
Aroma: It has a malty nose, a good amount of caramel, and some bread/toast
Appearance: It pours a brown color with a foamy tan head a top it
Flavor: The taste is quite malty, medium sweet, with minimal hop balance
Palate: A touch on the watery side, with a drinkable feel, and a light-medium body
My notes on this one mention that my written review was probably too harsh due to the brewfest getting a little out of control and making my mood not as good, but the description/impression of the beer is still reasonably valid, I just wanted to keep a note of what went into this review.
This was a decent, malt first beer, but I didnít love it.
gsmitty80 (1978) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a good beer but it wasnít as tasty as i would have thought given the ratings. I bet this would taste very good on cask or from lines that were very clear.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The color is a deep amber. the aroma is sweet and Malty. the flavor is slightly sweet with some spicy hoppiness and a hoppy finish.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle pours dark brown, very caramel like in its hues, small white film of a head, fairly attractive lacing, with light carbonation. † Slight roasty, light chocolate malt like aroma. † A bit of alcohol and maple flavored bacon as well. † Some hops, some malts, slightly chalky on zee tongue. † Light body, somewhat thin mouthfeel. † Finishes with a bland bitterness, slightly malty. † This one doesnít fit the bill as an English Strong Ale. † Thanks goes out to jah noth for the trade!
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lake Placid Craft Brewing Company--Ubu Ale--2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV--40 IBUís. (2.75 / 5.0) Strong Ale--English. Beer of the Month Club Selection March 2008. Sediment Dust. Thin tan light lace head. Sediment flecked dark brown red color. Toasted mild fruity cocoa hop front. Medium bodied mild sweet toasted toffee rich Brown Ale fruity malty body. Strong malt mild hop spice fruity hot end. Overrated or Aged Poor. Sampled 2/11/2010.
Chad9976 (1383) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Extremely dark ruby red, appears brown at face value. Two-finger, tan head, foamy/frothy - good retention and lacing.
Smell: Not much to detect here aside from general malty fragrance. Slight sour aroma, but mild.
Taste: Iím not sure what the brewers are going for with this beer. The palate is fairly mild during the first half with slight soda-like sweetness. Second half finishes with sour tang and alcohol bite. Very bitter flavor as soon as I swallow, followed by slightly tannic, astringent aftertaste that lingers momentarily. Palate has some wine-like dryness to it, but thankfully it doesnít last.
Aside from the brief soda sweetness, thereís just not much to enjoy about this palate. No chocolate, caramel, or toffee - just a generic strong beer palate. Sourness is hard to get over and akin to spoiled milk. Iíve had this beer several times and each time I picked up this component - so this taste is intentional, but why?
Drinkability: For a relatively strong beer, Ubu Ale drinks like something smaller and cheaper. Thereís a noticeable fizziness while itís in the mouth. Feels thin and strong, and therefore distracting. Goes down mostly smooth and finishes fairly clean. I could see pairing this with red meat to take the edge off the beer and make it slightly refreshing.
Overall, a boring, sour beer. The real shame is, itís brewed this way on purpose for some reason and Iíve no idea why.
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sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 21, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught from Dinosaur BBQ (Syracuse NY). Pours a dark brown color with minimal head. Aromas of caramel, malt and yeast. Taste of mild hops with a nutty aftertaste. A solid brew.
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
POURS A MEDIUM brown with an average tan head. This beer starts sweet but a un tasty bitterness quickly follows. The malt is strong and there is some sour dark fruits with bit of earthiness and roasted flavors.
Itzjerm (1649) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mettalic in aroma and taste. The bottle has ruined what may be an okay beer. Behind metallic is the taste of caramel and burnt chocolate. okay thickness on the tongue but the metallic made it horrible.
matty (242) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby red/brown color with a slightly off white head that settles to a film. Aroma is mostly malt, roasted malt/burnt caramel, some alcohol and a touch of hops. Taste carries some of the caramel/malt aroma with it. I get a little bit of a roasted malt taste as well. I think it could use a bit more body to it, it seems a little watery. Finish carries more of a pronounced roastedness to it.