TAR (2468) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fiery bronze. Dirty white head throws sticky lace all over the glass. Pungent nose with herbal, woody hops and mango rind aromas. Hint of figs and jelly candy. Loosely carbonated, but firm in body. Lightly airy. Balanced display of lemongrass and soft resin. Mellow tropical fruitiness lends a stroke of slickness, but the unyielding dryness continues to strengthen the tongue chafing salted herb notes. Elegant drop of lemon acidity cuts the toffee glazed nutty malt base which climaxes at the center, but steadily holds its ground with an everlasting chewiness, despite the airiness. Finishes dryly and aniseed tinged with lingering hops and dough flavored yeast stabilizing the palate clasping nuttiness and shortbread sweetness of the malt. Could use more aromatic malt (but the yeast character is nice), less acidity, and more of this already-delicious malt to withstand the brash hops. Very respectable, otherwise.
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub
Bright bronze colour. Very toasty, fresh malty character. Earthy yeast, woody hops. Complex, flavourful English ale. Takes on a bitter, ashy character over the course of the pint.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle. Pours an enormous, fluffy lasting head with pretty lace atop a faintly cloudy copper body...light woody nose, sour apples and cherries pass through the scene quickly with some light herbal coatings....fairly dry, moderately bitter body offers a bit of Granny Smith tartness at midpalate, doughy-sour yeastiness towards the finish...quite nice, probably amazing if you could get it on cask.
Radek Kliber (6397) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Soft velvety aroma, of toasted malts, slightly woody in character Medium carbonated ale with small but dense head. Green raw vegetable like bitters up front than followed by carbonation and finally sweet malt. Finish was rather weak leaving light touch of hops around and mineral metallic middle.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle provided by and shared with clarkvv 4/29/2005: light brown body, visable sediment, with an off-white large, thick head. Aroma has some fruity/floral hops, caramel, and a hint of yeast. Flavor is fairly bitter up front, showing off some hops (though nothing like an ipa), sweet caramel, toffee, malty, light yeast, and some diacetyl. Mild carbonation.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2005 bottle shared with bucknaked, 4/29/2005. Light brown color, with hints of auburn, sediment present. Head is yellow-flecked white, large and creamy, with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light Belgian? yeast, some fruitiness, floral hops and a sticky caramel malt. Flavor is lightly bitter at first with plenty of sweet caramel and toffee, great body on it. Hops get a bit earthy on the end, moderately bitter, but staying quite flavorful. Yeastiness present, with a very even mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very enjoyable if somewhat off-style, like the Vache Folle ESB.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler provenant du Grand Duc, Longueuil. BBD : 14/07/2005. Robe claire cuivrée surmontée d’une mousse blanche jaunâtre qui semble éternelle. Arômes de malts caramélisés et de houblon floral. Saveurs de malts caramélisés, de houblon floral et amérisant, de cassonade, d’épices et de poivre. J’aime bien cette bière, mais elle est encore plus divine jeune et en fût!
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color of medium/heavy maple syrup, the once thick head bowed out early and the undersutdy, a firm ring of lace, took over for the rest of the show.
The hops are floral, even flowery I would say, with a citrus finish. It’s quite bitter and gripping on the tongue, the malt is maple sweet as well, but with a little biscuit crunch. Mouthfeel is decently long, and carbonation is in the mid to low range. I liked it, and will definately try it out on tap if I ever go visit the pub.
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2005 What a disapointment. Tasted at the "International Resturant and Bar suply Show" montreal stop. The Rep said it was the best bitter in quebec. Reality? Bad example of a bitter. Full of hops, but not bitter hops. sickley sweetness sitting on a tinny malt with a overabundance of belgian style hop and yeast. What a waste.
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden copper ale with a thick off-white head. Light caramel and pungeant light hops. Good malt base with nutty notes, flagrant hops and citrus" medium bodied, with a great fragrant bitterness. My dad was flabbergastered!