DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This 2006 batch is the first to ever be sold in Alberta, thanks to Dave at Willow Park for bringing it in! Dark brown, clear, modest tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Aromas of toast and brown sugar with a mild smoky element. The roasted malt really is apparent on the palate, but the beer comes off as being quite thin in the end. Not bad though.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Purchased at the Fairfield Plaza, Victoria, BC Liquor Store. Pours a thin, tan head with an orange body. Nose and flavour of toasted brown sugar, nutmeg, caramel and doughy supermarket rolls. Its a tad thin in texture but a decent enough beer for the holidays.
Suttree (6046) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I considered doing a back to back tasting with Cottonwood Endo, for a "Beers named after accidents that cause massive facial injuries" themed pairing, but ultimately decided against it. Mainly because that would be silly. Anyhoo, This one is cloudy brown, with a very thin beige head. Toasty, spicy aroma, with a whiff of cinnamon. Maybe some German chocolate, as well. Flavor is vaguely cola-ish at first, and then some molasses and spice, with notes of pepper, too. I also get a hint of rum that becomes more pronounced as it warms. Plus there is this odd but not unpleasent note of pecan pie, too. Thanks to Oakes for the trade.
Lubiere (12769) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Red copper brown ale with a thin white head. Pleasant vinous aroma, with notes of prunes, and vanilla toffee. In mouth, butterscotch assails you, buttery character, with fruity esters, I agree with plum, and a medium bodied. Not much to say here, though, found the buttery aspects a bit off-puting.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a dark red-ish brown with a thin tan head.
Aroma is sweet and dark smelling. Sweet coffee (going over notes I see brown suger. I prefer my coffee with brown sugar) and caramel with more woody smelling hops.
Flavour is nutty and ’dark’ with plum and a bit of a bitter hop twist but sort of a dissapointing flat finish. Not as good as Granville’s Lions but still one of Nelsons most interesting accessible brews.
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan coloured head. Mildly spiced aroma as well as some caramel. The taste was o.k. with notes of caramel, rosted malt, medium sweet. Fairly good. The alcohol content listed on my bottle was 6%. New for this season?
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown with sweet brown sugar all around. Also some yeast, and assorted dark malts. Actually is quite smooth and has a lovely molasses aftertaste. Aptly named, no doubt.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAY 19, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A clear medium "cola" brown with a creamy tan head. Very sweet, prunes and port with a touch of shoyu. Sweet with a metallic aftertaste, rather flat. Smells and looks much better than it tastes or feels. Might have been a bad bottle.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) Pours with very little head aroma of fruit pudding molasses coffee and sweetness. The flavor reminds me of a homebrew I used to make. Brown sugar malt fruity dark spice but lacking depth. Seems one dimensional but give a couple years of tweaking
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was a little disappointed with this one as I thought Granville Islands was much better. The colour was brown with a disapperaing head. Aroma of toffee and coffee. Flavour was a mix of toffee, malts and hops and seemed to just not flow together. Perhaps it was too sweet.