unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mondial de la Bière de Montréal; Smell of caramel malt with fruit, dark brown color, caramel butterscotch taste and vanilla tint, high bitterness.
GregClow (3095) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with tupalev, jerc, blankboy & HogTownHarry - courtesy of blankboy. Ruby brown colour with a tiny head. Aroma - plastic and bananas?!? Weird. Not what I expected at all, and not very inviting. Flavour is more pleasant, but still not to thrilling - some generic caramel malt sweetness, and a bit too much alcohol. I was excitied when they brought this back as I’d always wanted to try it, but I was far from impressed - maybe it was better the first time around?
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Delicious pear, seltzer, flowery herbesscence wafting gently...shade of fake maple syrup with patchy lacing. Tangy light malt flavor with a lot of caramel - interesting and with a hint of alcohol. Apple juice, vanilla and brown sugar in the finish. Thanks for sharing, BBB63!
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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 (6526) - 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 (3366) - 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 (7110) - 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.