GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Dark golden color, slightly hazy. Bubbly white head that laced the glass. Estery banana nose with some cloves. These characteristics come out again in the flavor and mix well with a cream and spice undertones. Reminded me more of a Belgian abbey ale than an English strong ale.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear chestnut color with a thin light beige head. Lightly roasted aroma. Maybe even a touch of cigarette ash. Also toffee and light hop. Lightly roasted flavor otherwise bland. Semi-dry finish. Some butterscotch noticed as it warmed.
kramer (5914) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2006
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a fluffy off-white head. Clear with no sediment in bottle. Grainy malt aroma with some cooked veggies, borderline offensive really. More grainy malt in the flavor as well, with minimal hops. If thereís a positive to this beer at all, itís that the 8.2% ABV is not detectable at all. Finish seems to indicate some oxidation. Thin mouthfeel with a watery finish and moderate carbonation. Second beer from these guys, and second loser. I wish they would date their bottles so that I would know that this was fresh or not. This was nothing like the commercial description would prepare you for.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark red/orange colour with minimal head. Nose is caramel malts with a faint hint of alcohol. Was a little thin and finished with some alcohol bite.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2008 A bottle I got from someone (santa?). The beer pours to a hazy dark brown body with a quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is nutty (peanuts and walnuts) and has smooth and nice noble hops. The flavor is nutty and has a nice toasted malt. The palate is a bit dry and definitely carbonated. Medium bodied.
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poursa cloudy brownish hue with a touch of amber. A huge tan head erupts, even in my Maudite tulip glass. Aromas of ....wow....what an aroma...... ummmmmmm.... can i say...a little pinapple, some sourness. a little bit of hops and only a hint of caramle shining through all that damn fruit. Light bodied with flavors of light spice, a little apple cider(withought the body) and a light bitterness. Wow.....almost a scotch like flavor with the smokiness and peat, light of course. Caramel is present as is a light roastiness, but as I drink more, i can agree with trokiniís argument that you canít drink more than 2 at a time. Very unique.
Silphium (3192) - 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 (5957) - 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 (1164) - 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.