Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy red-orange body, medium creamy light tan head. Funky aroma, quite yeasty, with the qualities of a dusty wood-planked cellar, some sourness, and fermenting dark fruits and sugars. Red wine and wood. Flavor of sweet breads and pastries, toast, and bark. Sort of a "candleshop" medley of antiquity. Sweet finish; the brown sugar is definitely notable. A somewhat metallic aftertaste detracts a bit from the palate. Would go well with a fine cigar and darts. Iím not sure why more breweries donít craft this style, as itís a refreshing alternative from typical winter offerings. Many thanks to Dan (jah noth) for another great beer!
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours dark brown, almost looks like a porter. Aroma of toffee and caramel, with some dried fruits. Taste is dominated by alcohol, then the sweet malt and caramel flavors come through. Earthy finish. Decent beer, donít think I could have more than 2 at one time.
Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (courtesy of FlacoAlto): Poured a dark brown color ale with a medium dark brown foamy head with pretty god retention. Aroma contains lots of sweet roasted malt and toffee. The sweet roasted malt also dominates taste with a light hop presence at the end. Body is a bit too thin for my liking but alcohol is well hidden.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to FlacoAlto for this beer.
Poured a dark ruby with a fizzy off-white head. Aroma is plums, piney hops, a touch of caramel sweetness. Flavor is somewhat thin dark fruits, stale hops and metallic toffee. With chewier malts and American hops, Iíd probably like this a lot more. But then it would probably be an ASA instead of an ESA, and itís no coincidence that I like the former more than the latter. Still not a bad attempt.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle via trade with FlacoAlto - Thanks Sebastian! - Pours brown with a short offwhite head that laces pretty well. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, toffee, and some roasted malts. Flavor is a nice toffee mixed with caramel, molasses and a bit of brown sugar.. Much like a wertherís candy. Palate is smooth and buttery with a nice dry finish. Almost melts in the mouth with body enough to be memorable. Very tasty and enjoyable. A real nice beer!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Nice brownish body, white head, good lacing. Nose was really caramel and malt, spices and sweetness. Damn the taste is all alcohol, If it came close to the nose this would be a great brew.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet toffee aroma. Auburn color with little head. Lots of toffee malts in the flavor, with brown sugar, molasses, a little butter, well balanced with some earthy bitterness. Delicious brew - one of the best in the style I have had in some time. Thanks Sebastian.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy of FlacoAlto. This is the last of the Nimbus beers I was sent and I have to say this is a damn nice brewery and I have enjoyed the hell out of these Nimbus beers. Malty, spicy aroma with hints of tobacco, caramel and bread pudding. Deep brown with a small head, but ample lacing. Sweet caramel malt and brown sugar flavors with a hint of spice and a plesant thick breadiness. Very nicely done beer from a brewery worthy of more notice.
shadey (1846) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Muddy brown color. Malty aroma. Earthy. The flavor is full and sweet. Very easy to drink. quality stuff.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle, I assume (correct me if Iím wrong, Sebastian) graciously sent by FlacoAlto for no other reason than to let me try some Arizona micros. How about that?!
Initially, a small head appears, a sort of marble-cream-white, but it quickly flees to the edges of the glass. Smells of prunes and toffee with some light, dry, earthy roast. The roast is quite light and lets in some chocolate and light soy notes. No hops noted in the nose. The aroma strength is fairly weak, though. Flavor begins with a chocolate-fudge note, sweet and malty, with dry, earthy toffee lingering. Reminds me of what a good cigar and some espresso might taste like, only very faint tobacco and coffee notes are apparent. Very dry on the end, as I mentioned now about 3 times, but a sweet chocolate is there for balance. Very low carbonation, medium body and a slightly watery consistency. No alcohol noted. Chocolate covered prunes linger on and I find little in the way of yeast, though Iím not surprised as the beer seems to be filtered. Hmm, odd, I liked this beer much more than my score indicates, but I guess itís a tough style for me, statistically.