Gorbalev (2870) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Blankboy’s bottle. Cloudy murky ugly brown pour with a weird brown/ orange’ish decent sized head. This one just looked dirty. Yeast, sugar, alcohol in weird pungent aroma - this one is not starting well and I’m grasping at the Scotch Ale connection. Taste - WOW - where did this come from, especially after such a bad start? I was scared to even sip this but man, really nice earthy malt and tons of alcohol. Nice bitterness, in other words, the taste of a fantastic Scotch Ale. Unfortunately, it isn’t the whole package, but fight through and you’ll be rewarded with a good beer.
HogTownHarry (5908) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle. Cloudy reddish-brown (okay, it’s murky), with a huge foamy diminishing tan head - floaties! Sharp aroma of peppery yeast, alcohol and brown sugar. Surprisingly, it tastes like a scotch ale - thick roast chocolate caramel malt, plenty of alcohol, a little burny on the finish. Decent body, sharp mouthfeel, stiicky aftertaste - pretty decent, aroma’s a little weird.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Robe brune légèrement voilée aux reflets blonds surmontée d’une mousse beige épaisse en dentelle qui persiste. Arômes âcres de malt et de levures. Saveurs de sucre, de levures, de malt caramel et de fruits rouges.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dirty brown ale, like somebody had the runs and forgot to flush, with a light moka head. Light cherry aroma, rather nice and spiced 9uuuh?). Sweet malt and light ground cherries, woody notes, and light coriander and oranges. Not bad....wait a minute, is this a Houblon Bros??? Well, it did look fetid....Bought at Joanette, 3.69$