Braudog (5695) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Alan at Coastal Wine Connection. Reddish brown, barley any head in a small pour. Beautifully rounded flavors ... pleasantly rounded, sugary roast. Lightly sweet. Lightly bitter. Vaguely buttery with a hint of spice. A beaut!!
Gachupines (889) - USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a fairly thick head which disappears after awhile. Aroma is of dark fruit. Flavor is strong on malt and alcohol sweetness. Also has a slight dark fruit flavor along with candy. Fairly strong alcohol presence but is more warming than overbearing on the overall flavor. I was pleased with this one, and it’s fairly drinkable for its strength.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Isaac Newtons (in Chimay trappist glass). Very dark in color with light head. Aroma is fruity - dark cherry and some strong malts, almost porter-ish. Taste is strong, sweet & cherry candy-like. A bit heavy on the alcohol taste. This one shows alot of promise, but I’m guessing that a year or more of aging would help it along. Still a nice selection.
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 (6019) - 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.