jercraigs (9154) - 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 (10472) - 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 (6372) - 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 - blankboyís 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.
egajdzis (5780) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of peat malt, caramel, nuts, and faint citrus. Taste of more caramel and peat malts, nuts, a light roastiness, and moderate carbonation.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent reddish amber iwth an average off white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla and light alchol. Flavor more toffee along with an alcohol burn on the tongue.
Sammy (10322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice head w/soap bubbles..not much aroma bleachy..alcholicy and Dark color. Well carbonated, Full mouthfeel Enoz salts. Marginally harsh.
turg (156) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle 341ml. Appearance: Dark brown color with a beige small head. Aroma: sweet malt . Flavor: malt, sweet caramel.
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
341 ml bottle. Fruit aroma (light). Good carbonation. Excellent scotch ale taste (not light but not strong also). I usually donít like scotch ale but this one I recommend. I bit expensive but worth it once in a while !!
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tiny columns of bubbles rising slowly through a sherry-like red ale. The head died off almost instantly and barely left any lace at all, even after considersble swirling.
Boozy nose, but with a strange atringency that reminded me of those first batches of homebrew kits I made. The vapors were some kind of weird fusel alcohol, not unlike acetonitrile.
Felt a little too tingly on my tongue, it had a bit of peated malt flavor but felt mostly oxidized. Yet another bad bottle? The two other previous times Iíve sampled this were worse than this, but still the alcoholic vapors would just hand around my throat and simply would not go down well.
This really sucks, because Iím usually a big fan of this brewery, and the old version of this Beer was probably the best example of the style Iíve ever had.
Lubiere (11932) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Dumdumís cave, 1999, tasted 28/01/05 at Institut Scotch Ale tasting. Red copper ale with barely any head. Sweet malt and cherry notes, with sherry notes and roasted chocolate. Sweet malt and wine taste, with leather notes, pungeant and complex. Alcohol warmth present dropping quickly. Rich and warm with a quick finnish. 8-3-8-4-15
2001 bottle. Orange brown ale with a good off white head. Vinous aroma with more burned sugar and some barnyard. Thinner than 1999, yet interesting. Scotch malt in mouth, with peaty notes. 8-3-7-3-14