StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, deep ruby bronze color, translucent with a thin sudsy head. Aroma brings out accents of pecans, smoky campfires, soft hot pretzels and rye. Flavor builds off the aroma predecessors, with nutty, unsalted pecans, toasted hazelnuts and rye pretzels. Softer accents are derived from caramel, peanut shells and wood chips. Formidable hopping. Nutty and rich, and a pretty damn good brown ale. Thanks to tpkenned for the bottle!
MIBRomeo (2493) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color w/ a nice off white head.. some lacing. Initial smell is good... lots and lots of fresh green hops and a light carmel malt. Palate is middle of the road. Flavor is nicely hoppy a light citrus bitter but a bit watery.
Thanks to joel for sharing.
willblake (2632) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
08.06.05 Bomber. Light brown mud, light brown head fades. Hugely floral and citrus aromas followed by a gritty and earthy hop backing. Malts are messy and sweet, fitting better with the murky appearance and "Slopbucket" name than any idea of elegance in a brown ale. Lots of cookie dough, tea, dirt, and grapefruit. Dry and short finish. Huh.
sfontain (770) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. This beer spent a few days in a Vermont shed being heated and cooled throughout the days, possibly affecting the beer’s taste. Pours a gorgeous, deep, dark ruby with a luscious, light tan head; bottom of bottle is absolutely overrun by large clumps of yeast. Wonderful, deep aroma of cookie, chocolate, and dark fruits. Flavor is actually a little sour--almost astringent--up front; the malts are actually overdone, I think, with massive tons of them; harsh, bitter bite through the finish; overall, rather indistinct flavors; quite noticeable alcohol warm in the throat and nose. Light yet full mouth feel; quite sticky as it warms. Let this beer warm! This beer is virtually perfect until you taste it, which is a huge shame.
CamdenD (1056) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 16, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Now here is a perfect brown ale. Perfect. Hopped to eliminate the boring/sluggish brown ale qualities that I find in most, yet nicely balanced to provide something more interesting than a dogfish IBA. Got 2 bombers to take home with me too. Nice.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful dark brown color. No real head. Nice smooth malty flavor. Yum!
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color of a good, deep tan that you have been working on all summer. Smells like beer perfume "honey hops". Smooth like beer air.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ambrée aux reflets rougeâtres, mousse pleine de bulles aux fausses allures d’un service de cask. Maltée, noisette grillées, houblon anglais réminiscent d’un thé social. Finale amérisante. En fût chez McNeill’s, 22 Mai 2005.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bière très intéressante. Robe rouge avec une mousse en dentelle. Arômes de caramel et de houblon aromatique. Houblon vraiment bien balancé.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2005 bottle from City Market. Consumed on 4/26/2005. Pours a medium brown, copper-amber, bottle conditioned with a moderate amount of dark beige head, fair retention and lacing. Smells of earthy, musty yeast, dry toffee and heavily toasted malts. Bitter bakers chocolate and more dirty soil notes. Flavor begins with a dry, dirty, almost astringent sort of over-kilned maltiness, not sweet at all, almost cardboardy in texture. Yeast is quite present, low bittering hops and some bits of dark chocolate. As it warms and breathes, the zesty carbonation dies down, allowing a bit more continuous malt flavor to develop, and it sweetens, to some extent, with some toffee and chocolate. But I never can shake that oily, over-roasted malt astringency and the dirty flavored yeast is not terribly pleasant either. A bit watery of a body, highly attenuated flavor but, of course, a good mouthfeel as almost all McNeills beers have. Retronasal has more sweet milk chocolate than I ever found in the body, which is strange.