beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
BCTC 06 Pours a clear brown color with a thin offwhite head. Decent aroma of malt and candied fruits, there’s some yeast too but it’s subtle. Flavor of dark malt and candied fruits. The body is light to medium with an oily texture and soft carbonation. I’m not too jazzed about this beer.
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at the tasting room in Ft Bragg and from 75cl. (draft & bottle compared favorably). Big aromas of rising bread dough, peppery spices, and fruit. Nice malty flavor with bitter chocolate, a little piny bite, and an herbal finish not present in the aroma of very faint dried Italian herbs. I don’t think there were any herbs in the beer, but the combination of yeast and hops lent a nice herbal quality. More than just a "gimmick" beer meant to attract jazz fans, as I have heard some comment.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 06. Aroma is dark malts, earthy yeast, and some fruit. Taste is the same, full bodied.
BBB63 (5946) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a deep ruby brown hue with a small but lasting frothy off-white head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of fig, plum, star anise, coriander, Turkish tobacco, herbal hops, and earthy yeast esters. The taste is sweet but I never found it cloy, lovely fruit and pumpernickel bread overtone followed by a mild spice and yeast component. The finish displays a very subdued smoky and woody note along with a smack of walnut. The mouth feel is sticky and lush with only a slight alcohol bite. Overall it is good now and should easily improve with some aging...need to get more. (THX CLARKVV)
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a ruby body beneath a compact head that becomes a thick halo. Aromas, weak at first, develop with yeasty fruitiness and turpentine-like esters along with tannins and subtle earthiness. Smooth bodied with a warming ABV, and a ripe, yeasty flavor that gets squelched by the very same alcohol. North Coast usually impresses me more.
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snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark mahogany, head settled down pretty fast, great lacing. Aroma is pretty heavy on malt and sweetness. Slight bit of alcohol in the nose as well. Flavor is heavy on the sweetness again, but balanced enough.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a light brown head of considerable duration. The aroma is spicey, fruity, and malty. The flavor has a fruity touch along with a spiciness and a bit of an acidic quality. Finish has a nice bitterness.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours very dark brown aroma is sweet dark fruity.very drinkavle smooth with a little alcohol burn, spiced up a bi, lightly malty which adds well to the texture. wish I would have aged more tho
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasting at goldtwins 9/20/06 - Aroma is nutty malt, yeast, cherry and maple. Pours cloudy brown with a nice medium brown head and good lacing. Flavor is smokey with cherry, bread dough and raisin. Palate is tart and crisp turning creamy as it warms. A very tasty brew.
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Bottle.
Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of banana, raisin, plum, clove.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Second try, and still the same outcome: Not bad, but somewhat vague in character...pretty run of the mill strong Belgian brown.