Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with GregClow at Ciro’s. Nice spicy and pepper aroma with a yeast quality to it as well. Dark brown in the glass, thick frothy brown head - a nice looking and smelling beer. I mention that because the taste is a let down. You’re promised complexity and flavour but get a thinner than expected bland taste. It was a little bottle like stale as well. Taste was kind of fruity and slightly sweet, but it does not mix at all with the aroma or appearance in my mind. Quite thin. An interesting contrasting beer that disappointed.
GregClow (3151) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 8, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Ciro’s - shared with tupalev. Dark ruby-brown with a small tan head. Aroma of dark dried fruit (figs, prunes), malt, yeast and cocoa. Thin body. Flavour is pleasant but uninspired, with notes of brown sugar, sweet fruit and malt, and some bitter yeast in the dry finish. OK, but not a shining example of the style.
vanvenlo (1732) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
17 June 2005 - (Brasserie Lefeb) - Big fruit and complex hop spirit aroma. Cloudy dark brown colour, wide sheet lacing and creamy head. Malty fruit and hop explosion of flavours, but lacks complexity (neither subtle or earthy). Some metallic finish with a thick mouthfeel.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 Bottle (330ml). At Volo. Poured a slightly hazy deep dark cola red-brown, very bubbly with a huge creamy-foamy light tan head - amazing drapes of spidery, sticky lacing left behind. Aroma of sweet dark roasted malt, brown sugar, raisins, off-dry white wine, apples, pears and a cheerful fresh muffin yeastiness. Flavour followed the nose, with some anise, hot caramel fudge and plums coming in; very sweet, but it opened up with a little bitterness at the end of the glass, either hops or alcohol, couldn’t really say. Mouthfeel was slightly stick, and a touch thin. Very enjoyable, a nice sweet not too strong brune/dubbel.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown reddish body with an off white head. Malty aroma with a dark fruit sweetness and a light alcohol note. Raisin and plum sweet flavor with hints of anise.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Opaque dark brown, light tan head. Slight holiday spice, cookie, caramel malts in aroma and flavor. Somewhat flat, too much so even for this style. Still a good beer though; very sweet aftertaste that reminds me of stealing cookie dough from the fridge when I was young.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice brew. Very malty, hoppy aroma and taste. Chocolate taste with a nice palate.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown/red body with a large tan head. Fruity chocolate caramel in the aroma. Flavor of chocolate, dark fruit, caramel. Medium body with a smooth almost creamy palate.
Lunkie (1783) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 8, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong malt hop aroma. Brown slight red colour with thick foamy head and great lacing. Malt flavour with hops. Fizzy palate.
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une bière brune avec une mousse blanche-dorée se dissipant très vite. Odeur de réglise et de mélasse, ce dernier ingrédient est ce qui caractérise cette bière amer avec une finition douce, prolongant son goût en bouche.-- A brown ale with a white-golden foam which is dissiping really fast. Smells like licorice or molasse, that last ingredient is what is personalizing this sour beer with a sweet touch, lasting its taste in the mouth.