Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Hopdog for sharing htis with us. Cool bottle and packaging. Pours a ruby red, clear and practically no head. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, nutty fruity, lightly smokey, definitely some diacetyl and some alcohol. Sweet flavor, again more butterscotch, light dry roasted malts and a drier than expected finish. Slight cardboardy oxidation throughout, but goes well with the malts. Pretty good overall.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from MartinT and enjoyed with Jeff and Em: Pours a nice deep amber scotch like hue with a small foamy ring and minimal lace.
The nose detects apple, pear, peated and carmelized malting, pepper, earthy yeast esters and a tad phenolic.
The taste has a nice fruity and sweet malt character with some spicy finish. Hints of vanilla and some grainy qualties too.
The feel is lightly crisp and warming. This is an okay offering but a bit of a letdown perhaps caused by the wonderful packaging.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, GregClow, Blankboy, and GregClow, thanks Blankboy. Funky fruity, malt, pepper aroma. Not great. Taste is better - strong alcohol and malt sweetness you would expect from the style. Very fruity but pretty bland. Incredibly disappointing coming from these guys and considering the price.
jrob21 (2971) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown color with red tints. White carbonated head disappears quickly with no lacing. Smells of plum and vanilla. Well carbonated taste. Good balance, light alcohol bitterness. A little thin and light bodied. Syrupy aftertaste. Very interesting.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
341 ml bottle courtesy turg. Dark ruby red colour with a mostly lasting frothy tan head. Caramel, plummy, and alcohol aroma with dusty and roasty notes. Candied fruit, citrus, light roast, touch of chocolate and alcohol. Full bodied, warming, creamy, and smooth. Good, but seems a bit out of joint - an English Strong Ale trying to be a Scotch Ale perhaps?
blankboy (6667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of me. Pours a clear ruby-brown with a spare diminishing white head. Aroma is grainy, kind of sweet and smells a bit of plastic. Flavour’s an improvement but nothing great: it’s sweet, boozy, mildly malty and somewhat weak. I must say I was quite dissapointed, I expected much more from McAuslan -- it’s mediocre at best.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a transparent mahogany with a mild white head that quickly fades. No lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, caramel, peat, hints of vanilla, and mild traces of fruit.
Taste is of toffee, and light caramel.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation and a caramel sweetness lingering.
jercraigs (8810) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2005 vintage. A long awaited opportunity is sadly disappointing. Ruby dark brown body with very little head. Sweet malt aroma is surprisingly restrained with muted notes of brown sugar and leaves you wanting more. Hints of plastic? Flavour is sweet yet dry alcohol is almost as powerful as the notes of sugary malt. Average palate. A let down for my high hopes, but pleasant enough.
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle acquired in trade with MartinT (Thanks!). Poured a deeper brownish/amber color with a small sized off white head that quickly diminished. Aromas of peat, toffee, earthy and caramel. Tastes of toffee, light peat, caramel, and some roast. Cool packaging.
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (341ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - blankboy’s bottle. Deep mahogany, clear, with a small diminishing white head. Mild aroma - roast candy malt, slightly vegetal grain, irritating hints of PVC and sulfur. Taste is decidedly better, slightly sour grain, weak but okay roast malt, a hint of apple juice and not much alcohol presence. Thickish, grainy mouthfeel - pretty disappointing, but thanks for sharing it, Paul.