kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. Pours deep reddish-brown, with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet, with a hefty dose of malt, along with raisin, spice, dark fruit and anise. Flavor is on the sweet side, with raisins, herbs, dark fruit, cocoa, spice, molasses and liquorice. Really nice. I need to try this again.
arjoseph (640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
GABF 2007. Smells woody and herbal (almost menthol) with figs, sugar, and raisin. Over-ripe fruits at first and at the beginning of the finish, with the middle oaky and vinous. Aged hops bitterness on the end. Subtle and delicious, but lacking something to make it memorable or special.
GregClow (2951) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc, mabel and tupalev - blankboy’s bottle. Hazy ruby-brown with a small off-white head. Aroma has lots of raisins and brown sugar, but with a slightly tart/funky note in behind. Medium mouthfeel. Flavour is big and malty, dark sugar and fruit, mild spice, a bit of funk - lots going on here, I wish we’d had it earlier in the tasting so I could’ve gotten more out of it, but still damn good, even in a slightly drunken state.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mabel and tupalev, blankboy’s bottle. Deep ruby with good-sized off-white (it almost had a greenish tint) head. And as usual, a really cool label design. Quite a bitter aroma, with an odd bit of funk to it, I got grain, grapes, a hint of lemon juice, something complex, acidic and funky hovering just out of range of my sniffer. Tasted as it smelled, very malty and yeasty but some light tree fruit and herbal pungent hops. Thick, tongue-jangling on the palate (in a good way), fairly sweet up-front but bitterness, light acidity and gentle sour funk are its legacy - Damned good, better as it warms up.
Gorbalev (2994) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with GregClow, Jerc, Mabel, Hogtown Harry, and Blankboy, courtesy of Blankboy. Nice aroma - plum, dark fruit, some malt. Dark brown, very little head. Taste is complex - dark fruit and plum again, but also some malt sweetness. Wonderful medium mouthfeel. Complex. Outstanding.
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, I must say, I got two bottles from set up trade and as an extra in another trade so I do not really know who exactly gave me this bottle, perhaps it is pantanap or wetherel. Pours dark brown color with thin but creamy tan head. Dark fruit, plum and raisin aroma. Fruity and toffee flavors comes at first with some roasted notes playing in the background. I perceived some sweetness although I have the impression of a light-medium body and silkiness in the mouthfeel. Like many people here I did not get any Brett at first but I must admit I got some reminiscence of brett towards the end of the tasting. Big thanks to pantanap and wetherel and I will keep the second bottle to see how the Brett evolves.
jercraigs (8289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ratebeer Christmas in Oshawa, December 2007. "They can pry it from my cold dead hands"... No? Moving along. Hazy dark brown body with a small creamy tan head. Sweet malty aroma, accents of caramel, roast nuts, and mild fruit (7+). Sweet malty flavour, light spice in the finish, alcoholic undertones. Pepper? Average to medium palate. (3+) Very nice, but there is something that makes me like it, not love it.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Xmas in Oshawa. Thanks! Very dark brown, tan head. Nose is kinda unibroue-ey. Ginger, yeast, rich malt, clove. Flavor is rich malt, yeast, clove, ginger, some alcohol, dark fruits. Extremely light funkiness. Ginger & clove with some caramel in the finish.
SpringsLicker (3224) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Noogfest Thanks to Shp555 for bringing this one to share.
Pours muddy brown with a tan head.
The aroma is sour, fruity and malt based.
Sweet fruity start, dry finish.
A bit thin bodied. A touch more complexity would make this a standout.
pineypower (2667) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out dark brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is of raisin, fig, plum, date, candi sugar and slight alcohol. Taste is complex, with a smooth, well balanced mouthfeel. Raisin, with fig, semi-sweet chocolate, some other earthy/spice notes throughout.