Glouglouburp (5545) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: Sweet beer mixing Scotch Ale caramelized body and plenty of red fruits flavour
How: Tap at BrouHaHa
The look: Clear dark red body with a very small off-white head
In long: Crusty bread with a thick layer of caramel covering sweet red fruits. Despite the beer supposedly being a cherry scotch ales I found the fruity flavour to be red fruits at large (berries, etc.). No cherry sourness detectable. Distant spiciness. Obviously very sweet but the finish is pleasantly moderately dry. Mixing a scotch ale with cherries wasn’t very interesting on paper but judging a beer on paper is a bad idea, it gets all mushy, it’s much better in a glass.
MartinT (6934) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 My Bottom Line:
A sumptuous cherry fruitiness amorously attaches itself to the caramel maltiness of this huggable and unique dessert nectar. A polite tartness perfectly segues this harmonious union of juicy fruit and chewy malt, creating a comforting realm between Fruit Beer and Scotch Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the blood red gown.
-I admit that, before tasting it, the prospect of marrying cherries to a Scotch Ale did not enchant me much; boy, was I proven wrong!
-Dessert-like spiciness (cloves, nutmeg) stems from the cherries and their malty counterpart.
-The level of residual sugars makes for a succulent body, aided by a comfortable carbonation.
-Alcohol is really not a bother in the flavor profile.
-This wonderful creation has more personality than their regular Claymore and may even reach a wider audience. What a novel idea!
On tap at Brouhaha, Montréal and from the fermenter at the brewpub.