TAR (2582) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coppery orange. Retentive off-white head clings to the glass. Bubblegum, lightly roasted nuts, and bushy hop aromatics. Quite estery. Hint of butterscotch. Airy, medium-sized bubbles dance all over the palate. Slightly fuzzy and acidic, as well. Opens briskly but fluffy with a mixture of nutty malts and earthy hops. Quite fruity and leathery, but with a hard mineral edge that overlays the slickness. Light kiss of unsweetened chocolate and toasted hay, but the malts are mostly firm, rather than lush, in texture. Hop character showcases a glimpse of juicy brightness, but the brashly bushy earthiness prevails. Glazed pecan richness develops as it warms and acts as an anchor. Zippy esters tickle the tongue and reinforce the crunchy dryness before closing harmoniously with spicy hops, aniseed, and fruitcake. The main flaw with this is the hard carbonic bite and absence of balancing softness. Toss this in a cask, though, and I bet this would really come to life. Thanks, Clark!
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well done strong ale, with lots of good malt and hop character. Brewed with ringwood yeast, giving the beer that distinct earthiness, and buttery notes of diacetal, that is appropriate in British beer styles. Wizzard Winter Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, deep amber color, with a thick and creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose s excellent, with good aromas of pale and caramel malt, paried with some earthy yeast aroma, and some grassy hop aroma. The palate is firm with good pale and stewed malt flavor, paired with hints of butter, and some earthy yeast flavor. The Wizzard finishes with more good malt and yeast flavor up front, then ends with a nice punch of grassy hop bitterness that lingers. A hearty and tasty winter brew, this beer would work well with soups and stews, and makes a good after work drink.
blankboy (7058) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear dark amber with a small white head. Aroma and flavour are very sweet, almost too much so. Sweet malt, sugar and stale hops. It goes down easy enough but it’s just O.K. at best. The weakest Middle Ages beer I’ve had.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Poured clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of dry, almost scorched wheaty grain, light malt, some stale hops, a bit vegetal. Taste is harsh and bitter, an unpleasant hint of candy - the grainy finish is pretty long and harsh, a hint of apple as it warms. Mouthfeel is weak, stale and astringent - ehhh.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, shared with blankboy and hogtown harry, courtesy of harry. Brown pour, small white head. Dry, sweet cherry and wheat aroma. Stale malt and stale hop taste. Some alcohol as well, but staleness overrides. Bottle wasn’t that old, but this could have been off. Regardless, it seemed unbalanced and is certainly my least favorite of the middle ages line up, images of Gandalf notwithstanding.
ClarkVV (5138) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 2005 bottle consumed on 12-9-05.
Very big pssst upon opening. Clear, rust-copper-auburn colored body with a beige head, force carbonated, filtered, you know the drill (mostly diminishing to cover and then ring, little to no lacing, vigorous bubbles).
I hate to put myself out here like this, but it kind of smells like most other mid-gravity beers from Middle Ages. . .Nutty, buttercream, light fruits (apples, pears, cherries) and a dollop of vanilla cream.
Flavor is fruity, creamy and full of sweet malts. Light floral and sweaty/dusty hops in the background complement the sweetness initially, but soon give way to a fluffy, sweet toffee and maple-butter maltiness. Body is medium-full and very comforting. For once, though the bubbles are fierce, the carbonation does not seem to hinder or significantly loosen the mouthfeel. The more I swirl the glass, the more crisp, floral hops I detect. Hint of dryness/acidity on the end of the flavor, actually adds to the complexity and balance. Cherries come alive on the end and combine with the hops. Mouthfeel is very lightly creamy, rather aerated. No alcohol apparency and the yeast really fits in well to-style and grows on the palate (mine, anyways).
ABUSEDGOAT (2471) - California, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange, small head. Earth, caramel and nut comes through in aroma as well as flavor. Acturally - it’s like butterscotch icecream. Same with flavor. Dunno if that works..
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Pours a clear brown/copper body with a large, frothy off white head that lasted a while. Nice lacing. Buttery, slightly fruity aroma with a small scent of hops. Sweet. Not strong like ESAs I’ve had before. Medium, creamy mouthfeel. Good winter beer.
Lubiere (12285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Red copper ale with a light white head. Strong diacetyl notes in aroma, Good sweet malt with oily butterscotch in mouth. Medium bodied. Tap. CNY Brewfest Feb. 5 2005.
joeycamaro (7) - Alabama, USA - FEB 24, 2005 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
while not the best example of a British Strong Ale I have to say not a bad beer.