Benzai (13641) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Joes. Slightly unclear red color, medium to full sized beige head that lasts for quite a while. Aroma is malts, leaves, iron, overripe fruits. Tastes the same: malts, leaves, iron, overripe fruits, nuts, a hint of toasted malts. Decent body and carbonation.
Lubiere (12776) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A dark brown ale with a thick moka head. A light nutty aroma, a bit muddy. In mouth, a nutty malt, with lightly oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied. On tap at Brouhaha, July 25 2009.
Bov (11866) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from Mondial de la Bière 2013, Mulhouse - dark brown beer with a rubish hue under a solid creamy beige foam; nice lacework; biscuity maltiness with hints of nuts and marzipan, toasted; full-bodied, quite thick, some malt sweetness and a decent earthy bitterness; ; light dry and long malty hazelnutty finish with gentle unwanted vegetables notes and cacao as well
Sammy (11069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little gem courtesy of Diogene. This growler was bought at Peluso. It pours yellow with lots of white foam, that leaves abundant lace dots. Aroma is yeasty and malty. Taste is creamy and is a sweet stout with Belgian yeast. Very easy drinking. Chocolate malt, a little roast, citrus hops, all held together in the creamy yeast. Unique and worth seeking out if you like any of the above styles.
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2011-08-02. Very dark brown body with a nice foamy tan head. Dusty dark malt, bit tangy, touch of a strange not quite peanut buttter like character. 6+ Flavour is similar, dry roasty malt over a malty core, dusty notes, a bit tangy. Average plus bodied palate. Odd but okay. Bottle from Dep Peluso, Montreal
DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, purchased fresh from the brewery after their tap had run dry. Pours a beautiful deep garnet-brown with a bubbly tan head that shows respectable retention. Aroma is dark caramel and heaps of raisins and dates, with some spicy nuances. Sweet fruity profile, again raisins, some plum, nice dark caramel with chocolate and rummy undertones. Medium bodied, silky mouthfeel. Very nicely done!
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This hybrid of a Brown Ale establishes earth, chocolate and nuts in the flavor profile, finishing in a dryish surge of wooden hop and roasted malt bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the dark brown gown with mahogany highlights.
-A touch of oxidation bothers the flavor profile. After reading the other ratings, I’m starting to wonder if this keg at Brouhaha was not in optimal form.
-The nut profile is reminiscent of almond skins.
-Light fruit esters are present throughout.
-The prevalent earthiness is almost smoky at times.
-The body is well rounded, on the verge of being drinkable.
-This is different, perhaps strange, and definitely not conclusive in this form. I’ll have to try from one of their counter-pressure growlers.
On tap at Brouhaha.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The nose is softly worty with a little bit of toasted grain character. A little bit of roasted/toasted malt flavour. A little bit of soft fruit and toasted cocoa graininess. A little bit of light yeasty flavour. The fresh malt character comes out as it warms.
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[3855-20110802] 500mL bottle. Fragrant petal grains aroma. Clear, mahogany red body with a medium-lasting creamy light tan head. Sweet roasted fruity plum dates flavour with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Medium-full body. Interesting to try. (6/3+/7/3/13) 3.2
(w/ jerc, others)
czar (7525) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours almost clear dark brown with a nice light beige head, some retention and lacing. nutty malts, some dirt and vanilla, lean chocolate malts, hazelnuts, very peppery and spicy - pink peppercorns, roasted coffee beans, grassy, chalky, wee bit of pine and vegetal notes. moderate carbonation, light body - slightly watery, grassy-spicy-peppery-lightly piney-earthy finish. interesting offering.